Call me traditional but there’s something a piece of woodcraft brings forth. From décor, art to architecture we’ve all seen the character and uniqueness wood crafts purvey. Woodcraft is one of the easiest do it yourself-projects you can try out as a hobby, be it simple projects like cutting boards or advanced ones like wooden sculptures, either way, we’ll help you create a masterpiece. Read on to find out some of the tools you require to start making your wood crafts, the amount of time each takes, unique wood crafts you could make using practical easy and effective techniques.
Understand the type of wood you are using
Before you do anything with on wood, you should first consider the type you have at hand. Observe the grain of the wood, its orientation and the most importantly the direction you should plane the wood from. Solid wood; wood cut into boards, determines the strength of the final product. There are different varieties of wood, with softwood and hardwood being the prevalent ones. Softwood isn’t weaker than hardwood but its availability is more widespread compared to hardwood. Some of the popularly used softwood used in making wood crafts include cedar. Cedar is has a reddish hue with a slight aromatic smell.
It is appropriate for woodworking due to its straight grains. Fir is the other commonly used wood. It has a reddish brown color with a pronounced grain. It might not have the best grain pattern but it’s the best wood to use when you plan to furnish the final product with paint. Other notable mentions are pine which comes in various varieties and redwood appropriate for outdoor crafts.
It’s worth mentioning that this recommendation is not meant to reinvent the norm. Before you start working on your wood, create a safe place to store your tools. It does not have to be complicated, a simple box or shelf will suffice. For starters, a circular saw has proven to be an efficient cutting tool for fine woodworking. Its versatility makes it one of the best handheld cutting saws. The other tool to get you started on your woodcraft expedition is a corded power drill. An orbital handheld sandpaper should be one of your priorities when shopping for tools.
Despite there being cheaper alternatives, an orbital sandpaper doesn’t leave sandpaper markings. The last tool a good woodworker should have is a router. Routers aids in hollowing out parts of the wood. If you are on a budget then these tools should be a priority.
Setting up your working space
One of the commonly misunderstood concepts in woodworking is that you need a large garage or workshop to make it work. A proper workshop requires a little preparation and planning. The tools you use should also be considered. If you plan to convert a small space such as your basement or apartment into a workshop then you’ll have to rely on less corded tools.
Other considerations such as the tools you will be using are also an important factor. A long piece of timber will need to be cut down to fit in your space. Make sure you a ventilation to let out the dust collected during when the work starts. Is that idea worth your time? This deserves a whole detailed article on its own since there are endless possibilities to what you can craft using wood. The project you choose to pursue depends on the time you have. Some ideas can be executed within hours while others take a longer. Either way here are some great ideas you can choose from. Plyometric boxes, mountain shelf, candle holder, wooden mug, storage box, DIY iPad dock, wooden crate, cutting board, boomerang, bowl, wooden knife sheath, improvised card holder and many more.
Tips and techniques to work like a pro
As with every learning curve, start with some basic skills. Otherwise, the final product will short sell your skills. Numerous fine wood crafted projects are completed using power tools which require some experience, for example cutting a joint using a powered miter saw over a long period of time allows you to compensate in hand movement when the need arises. Work safely, as cliché as it sounds, no project is worth your fingers or eyes.
Even when using hand tools, always make safety your priority
Wood dust can fly into eyes and ears. Noise can also be a hazard when using power tools. Use the proper gear when working. Start with simpler joints, the initial project you complete can either break you or make you as a craftsperson. It’s better to start proficient projects then gradually advance to difficult one. The proud feeling you get when you complete a project will be your fuel.