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Basic Hand Tools for Woodworking Workshops

Aug 25, 2008
A well supplied workshop is the first step toward ensuring that you are ready and able to perform any do-it-yourself home repair or remodeling project. With a few basic tools, you can saw, sand, nail and sharpen just as the professionals. There are thousands of appropriate tools for woodworking in hardware stores and in the workshops of seasoned do-it-yourself professionals, but if you break them down into categories you will see that they all do similar things. Consequently, the five basic hand tools and hardware discussed below are a good foundation with which to build anything and slowly build your workshop.

First, you can cut straight lines and large curves with a circular saw. By setting a board atop two saw horses, you can create a work area to hold the wood being cut. Second, a table saw or radial arm saw is best for larger woodworking projects. If you plan to cut picture framing or crown moldings, choose a saw that rotates to different angles which allows you to create the forty-five degree mitre cuts for a more perfect fit. Third, an electric sander is part of any well-equipped workshop. Of course, the work can be done manually, but this tool provides more of a professionally finished result. It prepares long strips of molding or table edges for staining or painting. Fourth, no woodworking shop should be without a router. This useful tool enables you to make woodworking patterns that can change a plan-style piece of furniture, such as the Shaker style, to that of the French provincial elegant style. Finally, a grinding wheel or knife sharpener makes maintaining your saws and other tools much easier. You can maintain the blades ability to cut with fine detail and patterns that upgrade your work from amateur to professionals.

Some brands of tools also create an image of qualify, including such brands of Makita, Rockler, Ryobi, Rockwell, Sears, Craftsman, Snap-On, Rigid and Hitachi. The prices among these brand names vary somewhat, but the quality is consistent. You can rely on all of the brands to provide you with a quality tool that is worth the investment. Solid Brands for Solid Quality

Once you have collected the basic tools for your workshop, you can add some of the luxuries that make projects smoother and easier. Smaller items such as gluers and clamps help keep the projects together while you are working, while other items such as electric nailers, dovetail jigs and jet tools simply make life in the workshop much easier.
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Leroy Calstard very often pens articles on news related to discount tools and antique tools. On his site you can see his comments on antique tools and hand tools.
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