Woodworking is among one of the safest and enjoyable hobbies you can do, provided you adhere to a set of rudimentary and easy to follow safety rules. These woodworking safety rules are designed to be easy to remember and are mostly common sense. That being said, failure to comply with the safety rules can cause serious injury. The work shop is not the place to careless. It is the place to learn and adopt good safety working habits which will in turn make woodworking more fun and enjoyable.
1. Always Wear Safety Equipment This might seem like a common sense kind of rule, but it’s an important one to remember. During usage of loud power tools like routers and surface planers, wearing ear protection is a noted advantage. Similarly, wear latex gloves while applying finishes. NEVER BE WITHOUT YOUR SAFETY GLASSES. These should be the first thing you reach for when entering the shop.
If you’re looking for a smaller-than-average, basic, mid-priced, lightweight power drill that is both easy to carry around and use for continuous drilling, you can’t go wrong with the Hitachi D10VH Corded Power Drill . It also comes with a 5 year warranty which is a feature that you don’t often see anymore. Note, however, that it comes with a 5 year home use warranty.
With a compact size of 9 3/8” and featuring a 680W 6 Amp/120v motor with a 2500RPM maximum rotational speed, it seems equipped to handle regular workshop drilling jobs, weighing in at just 3.1lbs. If you ensure your drill bits are kept extremely sharp, the drill’s power requirement is significantly minimized since it (the drill bit) will cut rapidly without draining power or torque from the drill itself. The cutting capacities of the drill are listed below, but it should be noted that these can be increased using sharp drill bits:
Steel: 3/8” (10 mm) bit diameter – twist drill bit
" One of the most popular woodworking projects, for hundreds of years is the simple “Sitting Bench”. The bench is easy to make, can be used inside and outside for person or commercial uses and when finished makes an attractive and useful piece of furniture. In homes, in recent years, the sitting bench is seeing revival because it is such a useful item and lends itself to the kitchen, the living room, the bedroom, the entry and almost any other part of the house you can imagine.
The sitting bench we have constructed here is made from something called Cedar of Lebanon or “Cedrus Libani”. This species is native to the Mediterranean but is also introduced in some more temperate areas of North America where it is grown as an ornamental tree because of it's faster growing characteristics.
The main feature of our sitting bench is to have been able to “book-match” the top or seat of the bench just at the point where the sapwood and the heartwood meet, creating a beautiful contrast in wood tones. We were also fortunate to obtain some 2” thick wood from the same tree that allowed us to make the legs for the bench without having to laminate thinner woods together.
Our sitting bench design is attractive and useful and will provide years and years of accommodation for relaxing ones wearing bones. The version we have put together here is made without any mechanical fastening devices (no nails, screws, staples or pins). The unit was entirely put together with glue, which will hold it securely, under all normal use for many, many decades to come.
We also wanted to incorporate a bit of “character” into the bench which is why we selected some pieces with knot holes. We also rounded over all the corners on both the top, sides and legs so that even with constant use, there is little chance of anyone bumping themselves on a sharp corner.
Whether you are an iPhone lover or hater, they are everywhere! The type of phone you have is obviously irrelevant for woodworking, but in case you are one of the many people who hold an iPhone daily, there are a number of applications (apps) that can help you with your woodworking projects. Software for these apps can be easily purchased through the Apple apps store and that can be done directly on the phone itself, or through iTunes on the user’s computer.
Purchasing and downloading an app is incredibly easy and feasible as the cost is minimal (some free, and the majority being around $0.99) and takes mere seconds to download to your handheld device. As I looked through the Apps Store on my home computer, I thought I might show you some of the woodworking related applications I have found that you might find useful to your woodworking adventures!
Wood carving is a kind of art that transforms and brings wood to life. Learn how it's possible to get started in wood sculpting and wood engraving. What used to be called whittling, something done by pops and granddads to use up their spare time, has developed into a full-scale hobby. Walk into any book store and it isn't difficult to find a complete section dedicated to wood working and wood carving. Carvers can scan many monthly magazines dedicated to the hobby or make a journey to the hardware store to find many tools designed specifically with wood carving in mind. Wood carving is popular!
Wood Carving Tools and Wood Selection
Forget about any thoughts of using a pen knife to tediously craft a toy or sculpture. Today's wood carving tools are composed of specialised chisels, spare time interest knives, and power tools like scroll saws, dremels, and table saws. Additionally, wood carving patterns can be acquired and used as a template to make complicated and monumental works of humanities.
It is not important to have all of these tools to start wood carving. Commence with a straightforward pattern and practice with a basic set of wood sculpting knives on a soft wood like basswood or balsa wood. After gaining an understanding of the tools how they handle on the different species of woods available, move on to the subsequent tool or saw and practice as much as you feel you need to.
Wood types are abundant and many wood carvers regularly blend one or two differing types of wood to create a novel project. This practice is particularly common with wood inlay where different colours and textures of wood are in employed. Beginners to wood carving would do best to start practice with basswood or balsa wood, and then move on to harder woods after learning the best tools and systems for wood carving.
The best tip for amateurs, except for choosing woods that are simple to work with, is to avoid employing a heavy hand when chiselling or carving. Don't force the tool into the wood as it may cause it to split. Instead, make tiny frequent cuts, permitting the image to be exhibit itself. Practice the best way to carve with the grain and not against it.
Another tip for beginning wood carvers is to understand when to stop carving. Many a gorgeous piece has been messed up by that last cut that was intended to perfect it. Remember the saying “ less is more”, and when you have removed a chunk of wood from the project, it cannot be replaced. Patience and a steady hand is vital in wood carving.
For more wood carving or wood burning tips remember to check your local library for books and past copies of magazine subscriptions or check out www.woodcarvers.org