Woodworking hand tools offer a direct link to wood as an original source for creating useful objects. It enables you to produce, in a relatively small space, durable, useful items of aesthetic value and utility. If you are looking for new and innovative ways to use your woodworking tools, hand tools present an excellent opportunity to explore new horizons. In this article we will introduce you to five of the most popular hand tools that woodworkers regularly use.
A set of woodworking hand tools includes various sized blades and chisels. Each one is designed for a specific purpose such as woodcraft, jewellery or pottery. Let’s take a look at a few common woodworking hand tools and some common problems you may encounter when using them.
A hammer is one of the most essential woodworking hand tools. For many types of wood, a hammer is the most important tool to have and, indeed, cannot be omitted from the list even for the lowest level of woodwork. While hammers can be obtained in different materials such as steel and aluminium, the best types are those made from bronze age iron.
A chisel is used primarily for cutting hard materials. But as woodworkers quickly discover, chisels come in many sizes and shapes and can be used for a variety of woodworking projects. A chisel may be simply a flat blade tool with a slot to hold a blade in, or it can include a diamond patterned edge that is very efficient when used to cut hard materials. There are a number of ways in which to hold a chisel such as the claw grip style, where the shaft is held in one hand whilst the edge is held by the other. Or the style known as the drop hammer, which has the chisel blade in a hammer fist and is gripped tightly with the palm of the hand.
Probably the single most important woodworking hand tools a woodworker will require is the saw. Whether using a jigsaw or table saw, the woodworker must know how to use these tools to make smooth cuts in wood. It is advisable to start off with a fine-grit sandpaper and learn to use the power tools correctly before attempting to use a more coarse grade of sandpaper. Power tools such as router bits and sander are used for detailed woodworking cuts and not to simply chip away at soft woods. Woodworkers should also learn about the different power tools that are available and learn how to best use each one.
One of the most basic woodworking hand tools is the chisel. Chisels come in many forms such as a simple round stone or a square stone carved into an animal or bird, for example. Some chisels are used for creating rabbets and others are used for landscaping purposes. Whatever the purpose, woodworkers need to be able to effectively use a chisel and have mastered the art of sharpening chisels. A woodworkers skill with chisels is as important as their skill with other tools such as routers and saws.
Most woodworking hand tools are held in one of three ways: by the handle, held in the hands or by the blade. The most commonly used woodworking tools are those that are held in the hands because these are much easier to manipulate. The reason is that woodworkers usually work at close to a full speed until they have achieved the desired result. This makes it essential that they learn how to effectively use their tools without damaging them.
Learning to properly joint wood is another important part of learning woodworking. There are several joints that can be accomplished with woodworking tools depending on the type of item to be joined. It is also important to learn how to properly use the appropriate jointing tool based on the type of item. Here are the top ten steps to learning woodworking hand tools: