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Wood Working – A Brief Introduction
Woodworking is often considered to be one of the most rewarding of all hobbies out there.
By becoming comfortable & experienced in the use of woodworking tools you will soon be producing your own one of a kind pieces.
These pieces will initially be simple wood working projects but as your skills improve the pieces you produce will become more elaborate.
Like taking up a hobby, woodworking requires that you obtain some basic knowledge and skills first.
Initially you will need to become familiar with the various types of tools and woodworking hardware that is out there.
Each wood working tool has its very own specific task (especially when it comes to hand held tools).
However, because you cannot possibly purchase every available tool and machine you will have to learn to adapt some tools to multiple uses (ie. the hand held router).
I recommend that you find a woodworking class near your home. If this is not a possibility, you should purchase a really good book on basic woodworking or an introductory course that covers tools, design & planning.
These items are available from good bookstores or on the Internet. The second phase in developing woodworking as a hobby is to learn how to plan your woodworking projects. Designing the pieces you are going to produce is step one of this process.
Next you need to outline what materials will be needed and finally what specific tools will be required to complete the job.
You can either design your projects or you can purchase patterns and projects that already have everything outlined.
When you are first starting, these pre-designed projects will make more sense and will help you to learn the process of woodworking design and planning.
Another aspect of project design is learning about various types of wood and wood products. As your wood working hobby skills progress you will find specific types of woods that you enjoy working with.
Different types of woods lend themselves to different types of projects. Pine is markedly different from maple and oak can be harder to work with than ash.
These are just more interesting parts of the woodworking puzzle.
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In addition to just the different woods, you will learn the nuances of such things as veneers and various types of exotic hardwoods and plywood.
As the exciting world of woodworking opens up you will see that the scope of woodworking projects you can do and materials you can source are virtually limitless.
One of the overlooked bonuses of learning woodworking is that you will find that you can often save considerable money on projects around the house.
Things that you once hired out you will be able to do yourself. Your home will become a repository of many of the wood working projects you build and will add that personal touch to your residence.
The praise you receive when someone complements you on a piece you built yourself is extremely gratifying and makes the hobby even more worthwhile.
Woodworking is definitely not the least expensive hobby you can take up but I can say that it is truly one of the most rewarding.
Creating something beautiful from nothing more than pieces of raw wood is really special. No matter how good you become there is always more to learn about woodworking.
You will never be bored or tire of woodworking as a hobby.
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