Mon, Oct 11, 2004, 10:59am (EDT-3) email@example.com (Bill McNutt)
<snip> the answer of "I dunno, what do you want to make?"
Which, if you would think about it, makes sense. I know of a
person who makes his living with a pocketknife - carbing earrings out of
wood. I know a person who makes a living using little more than that -
carving life-like bird models. If you make wooden decks, a circular
saw, framing square, pencil, and a hammer, are basically all you eed -
though an air-nailer, and compressor, would help. You do just
scrollsawing, then you can get buy with just a scrollsaw. You do
chainsaw carving, you need a chainsaw. Now do you understand what we
mean? Depends on what type of woodworking you want to do.
There are, however, universal tools that all of us own, at least in
general terms. All woodworking tools are task-based.
No kidding - see above.
There are three tasks in woodworking: measuring/marking stuff,
OK, a pencil and ruler takes care of that.
OK, depends on what you want to cut, and how you want to cut it.
and fastening stuff together.
Maybe. Some stuff I make is bolted together, some is just glued,
some is held together by a wooden "key".
(Finishing is actually also necessary, but is generally treated as a
separate process from "making."
Finish is optional at times.
To start, you will need a measuring tool. Guys here will talk about
calipers, dividers, rules, rulers, and chalk-lines until you're blue in
the face. But a simple Stanley tape measure will get you started. It
will give you adequate accuracy for bird houses, book ends, and
bookshelves. For a beginner, a 10' is probably adequate.
Chalkline? Whatcha doing, re-roofing houses? Ruler and pencil
will get you started. I use a foot long ruler more often than any other
measuring tool I have. If you're gonna get a tape measure, might's well
get a 25 footer.
You will need a claw hammer. Again, my collegues will talk about
mallets, nail guns, ball peens(!) and the like. You will want a hammer
with curved claws for extracing nails. If you are slender-framed, get a
12 oz or 14 oz hammer. If you are beefier in build, you might consider a
16 ounce or 18 ounce head.
You will need a saw. You can start out with a combination handsaw from
any hardware store. It will allow you to make the basic crosscuts and
rip cuts necessary for birdhouses and bookshelves.
Nah. I've got a book on birdhouses, and judging from some of the
birdhouses, all you need is a basket or bag for for carrying scraps you
find, and a hot glue gun.
You will also want a toolbox that you can store all this stuff in.
Drawer, shelf, hooks, or a closet floor, will work too - depending
on what tools.
Please post any follow-up questions as you see fit.
Where do you get your ideas at?
Damn, not long ago I made a "craft stand", to hold a batch of
clamps, and supplies, so I could work on gluing up and painting some
projects in the house. I didn't know I need all that stuff to make it.
I didn't even look at my claw hammer. I used plywood that was sliced
when I bought it. About 11 7/8" X 48". I did cut pieces with my
circular saw. But, it is 100% glued, no nails, so no hammer, no screws,
so no screwdriver. I did use two types of clamps while putting it
together. And, it doesn't have any finish at all. It's about 3' tall,
with 3 shelves. I did put casters on the bottom, but used a small
wrench to turn the hex head screws in. Works just as designed. Gonna
make a few changes, but those'll be made by gluing small pieces of scrap
Clamps are always good tho, but you can make those too.
Like we said, the tools you need, depends on what you want to do.
I smile because I know my God loves me. You on the other hand, he
doesn't much like.