Woodworking is an incredible skill that involves making products out of wood from cabinets to furniture. Although woodworking can be intimidating for beginners, it’s a worthwhile activity that can be incredibly useful both for yourself and your career.
But whether you’re a beginner or a long-time professional woodworker, there are a few pieces of equipment that every woodworker needs to stay safe and do great work. That said, here are five things every beginner and professional woodworker needs to succeed.
- Protective equipment. Eye and ear protection are vital when it comes to woodworking. But they’re also the most overlooked purchases in this field. You can’t get your sight or hearing back if you become injured, so it’s important to wear proper safety glasses or goggles and ear protection when you’re working. Even the most skilled and professional woodworkers can get hurt. Accidents happen. We often spend time thinking about cuts and bruises while neglecting issues that arise more slowly, such as hearing loss.
- Respirators. Sawdust is a carcinogen and it’s dangerous to breathe it in. Don’t forgot a respirator just because you think you look cooler working on your chair when you’re not wearing one. Many more fashionable and low profile options are available. Also, don’t forget to wear the proper type–respirators are rated for particulates, vapors, or both. The best particulate filter in the world won’t help protect you from vapors when dealing with oil- and shellac-based finishes.
- A cordless tool kit. Cordless tools have come a long way, and a good drill and driver kit is a useful and versatile first step. With new options every day, great tools are available at all price points. Be sure to choose wisely and plan for the future when you’re making this decision–since batteries are often swappable between tools in the same brand or family, the first purchase sets the tone for the rest of the cordless tools you invest in.
- Saws. Saws are your best friends in woodworking. Without them, you can’t really cut your way through anything. Everyone wants a big, beefy cabinet saw, but that’s a big step for a first purchase. You can get a lot done with hand tools. High quality, lower priced Japanese pull saws have become very popular. If you want more power, circular saws with either commercially made or shop made track systems can get a lot done with little investment, both space-wise and dollar-wise
- Planes and Sanders. You could save money by hand sanding everything yourself, but that method will get old quick. A palm sander helps you get the job done quickly and efficiently without your arms hating you by the end. Getting accustomed to hand planes will also greatly reduce the amount of final sanding necessary, but has a steeper learning curve, both in planing technique and sharpening technique.
- High-quality wood. Depending on the size of the products you plan to be making, whole log lumber is a favored choice among woodworkers, and that’s where Horizon really shines. Whether you call it boules, flitches, or whole-log lumber, if you make your furniture and other products out of boards from the same tree you are guaranteed a match in terms of grain, style, and color.
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Wood is the number one most energy efficient material that can be used to make different products. It’s also one of the most popular materials right now what with interior design styles like a traditional farmhouse and bohemian becoming mainstream.
Horizon Wood provides high-quality whole log lumber for professional, DIY-ers, contractors, and more. To learn more about our available hardwoods and flitch cut slabs, contact Horizon Wood today.