If you’re a new woodworker, safety and precision are likely two things you keep top of mind at all times. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. As many a skilled woodworker will tell you, any project requires your attention in several different places at once…and this can be difficult as well as dangerous.
Let’s put it this way: investing in a dust collector can really go along way, especially when it comes to your health. If you regularly spend time working wood, you know how much of a nuisance sawdust can be. It flies all over the place, gets into your power tools, coats your hand tools, and keeps you from breathing clean, fresh air. But that’s not all it does.
Experts and OSHA agree that sawdust poses a serious health risk to those who are overexposed to it. Not only is sawdust an irritant that affects your eyes, nose, and throat, but it’s a known carcinogen that may cause cancer.
It’s no secret that woodworking is expensive. Not only do you need a nice set of tools, but you’ll also need to invest in materials and, perhaps, some woodworking plans. Altogether, woodworking tools, materials, plans, and your time will cost you a pretty penny.
So, how can you preserve some of your funds when you’re first starting out? Well, here’s a list of tips that’ll help you get the most bang for your buck:
The almighty workbench. Every skilled woodworker needs one and every wannabe woodworker dreams of having one. But what exactly goes into a solid, sturdy, beautiful workbench? While hard work may be the first thing that comes to mind (and you’re right about that), precision is more likely the most adequate answer.
Simply put, building a top notch workbench is all a matter of paying painstaking attention to detail and being absolutely certain about the accuracy of your measurements. Still, plenty a woodworker will use any ol’ design they’ve found online or in a dusty workbook to build their workbenches. But as woodworking experts like Popular Woodworking’s Christopher Schwarz point out, personalization is key to designing and building the ideal workbench.
Woodworking tools are a big investment, and there’s no doubt that you’ll want to care for them as adequately as possible. Part of that caring process requires having enough woodworking savvy to know when and how to maintain your tools. Plenty of the tools lying around your shop are made of various types of metal and, if not cared for properly, they’ll rust at the first sign of moisture. While you may still be able to use some of your tools after mild rusting has occurred, it’s only a matter of time before they’re rendered useless. Nevermind the fact that rusty tools are just plain ugly. Continue reading “4 Ways to Prevent Woodworking Tools from Rusting”
So, you wanna be a woodworker, huh? Well, it’s no secret that becoming a skilled woodworker takes lots of practice and a bit of talent. And when you’re first starting out, it can take some digging around to know how and where to begin your woodworking journey.