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A Basic Guide to Woodworking

Sep 10, 2008
Woodworking is quite popular as a hobby and often people learn a lot of things from this. The children who learn woodworking can grow up taking this as a profession. Sometimes people feel that they will have to invest huge amount of money if they wish to start of with woodworking as a hobby. But actually they can start with the basic tools and simple techniques as most of the tools serve similar purposes.

In fact woodworking is an art that was initiated long time back at the ancient ages. Wood was probably the easiest available material and this is the reason why the ancient people took this as a mode of making various stuffs of their requirements. Wooden pots and spears are few of the oldest specimens obtained from the debris of ancient civilizations.

The two civilizations where the usage of woodworking is found prominently are the Chinese and Egyptian civilizations. They used to make various types of chairs, stools, beds and tables using the wood.

There are some basic tools which are indispensable for the beginners. Among them the most important one is a chisel. While picking up one for yourself you need top make sure that the chisel is a good quality one and will be durable enough to stand a lot of woodworks that you do. The size of the chisels should range between 1/2 inches to 2 inches. The chisels are supposed to be used either with the hands or with the mallets.

Rockler chisel can be a good choice for you. Then you will need the clamps which are available with different types of gluing ventures. In fact they are quite reasonable by price. They are found in the hardware stores. Measurement is an important part of woodworking. There are squares which are also called the framing square and they are quite efficient to measure the wood for preparing furniture.

They will help you to take the angles like 90 or 45 degrees as well as have the option of measuring wood in meters, centimeters and inches. You will also need the drills which can be with cord or cordless. Make sure that the drill has a speed controlling option in it. Planing tools and saws are also important to perform the art of woodworking correctly.

There are quite a number of hardware stores where you can find a lot of good quality woodworking tools. You can also purchase them from the online stores and look for the ones which are offering discounts on the tools. You are free to buy the local made tools but make sure you are not compromising with the quality of the tools.
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April Kerr owns website Antique Woodworking which has details of where to buy antique drills and antique Stanley planes .
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