Woodsmith – Brief History of Woodworking

The art of woodworking has been practiced for centuries.

All through ancient history till our new era, every civilization on the earth has at one time or another used wood to produce valuable as well as good-looking, attractive objects.

We see instances of woodworking by the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans. Many other prehistoric nations around the world also accomplished woodworking, engaging in many diverse styles and methods.

Primitive munitions used for hunting and defense and simple gears used for building accommodations have been used all through the ages. Archaeologists uncovered digging sticks and a wooden club and at the Kalambo Falls on the Kalambo River on the boundary of Tanzania and Zambia.

As man advanced his woodworking skills, he became good at killing animals for food, weed his land with his ax to plant crops, and construct boats, furniture and buildings. Woodworking has become a significant process that led to the development of civilizations. Nevertheless, the woodworking tools used in crafting wood furniture and pieces have developed significantly over the years, it was not until the 17th century that some woodworkers began to use a common set of woodworking tools. In the 17th and 18th century, one of the common woodworking tools a craftsman would have utilized was a mallet, it looks like a hammer. A woodworker of this era might have also made use of chisels, calipers and numerous boring woodworking tools. As woodworkers went along with their woodworking plans, the steel hand saw was conceived in the year 1650. As a result this, the exercise of cutting wood significantly upgraded. Many improvements in woodworking tools were made in the 19th century. Furthermore, in the 19th century, ratchet supports were no more made with wood. In its place, they were made with other resources that kept wood pieces together easily. Today, there’re so many different inventive woodworking tools accessible.

 

Key Woodworking tools you need for woodworking

Circular saw: This is used for bumpy dimensioning (particularly for long rip cuts). If you own a decent table saw, it’s even better, because you are able to use a table saw for all kinds of joinery work and not just dimensioning.

Hand saws, a router and two router bits: These tools are what I use for straightening edges, cross-cutting and cutting boards down to the final width.

Jigsaw: This is used to cut curves. A coping saw is also pleasant to have for comprehensive work.

Tape measure and Combination square: These are used alongside a knife, crayons, pencils, and an awl to mark.

Thickness planer and power jointer:  The power jointer is used to professionally flatten the faces of reclaimed or rough lumber. It’s one of the first steps of any furniture venture. The thickness planer is likewise a huge time-saver when you compare it to other hand-held woodworking tools.

Chisel – You will need to get a decent chisel, or better yet, a decent set of chisels. If you are only just one, go with a ¾” for the best extensive use. Though, since chisels are low-priced investments, you will perhaps want to move forward and acquire a 3-piece set – which is going to come using a ½”, ¾”, and 1”.

You are not going to use a chisel all the time, but then again, when the time approaches that you do require one, there is no alternative for them – you can use them to carve out notches and recesses, chopping corners, cutting joinery grooves, shaving rough exteriors, and grating caulk and glue. A definite must-buy for any woodworking shop.

Speed Square and Level – You will also require a level and a decent speed square for marking scribe lines, straight edges, and so on. (You can also utilize the hinge point on a speed square and transform it into a protractor that can be used to mark out curves and angles).

Table Saw – That being said, the foremost woodworking tool any ambitious woodworker will want to capitalize on is a valuable table saw, it ought to be part of your woodworking plans. From the weekend combatant to the proficient craftsman, it’s almost certainly safe to say that the table saw is the most utilized tool in any woodworking shop. With the correct skill, it can be utilized basically for the whole shebang excluding finish work (sanding).

 

Top 5 things people make with woodworking

Baby Cradles

A baby cradle is a very popular woodworking category i.e. baby and kid’s furniture. Most parents like to get exceptional furniture for their kids. Most times they need it. Children and babies need beds, chairs, tables, storage cupboards and a variety of other things. A wooden crib is a typical woodworking product that is continuously in demand. Parents will go to any length in getting the best cradle they can buy for their babies.

Chair Side Bookcase

Bookcases never ever run short on demand. Every home needs quite a few of them. They are a general addition that only a few can resist. Not to reference the fact that they are utility items.

Picture frames

This is a very useful woodworking project. A lot of people like having their images framed. A little bit of creativity is what is needed on the part of the woodworker. Picture frames are among the woodworking projects that can never go out of fashion, it is an immortal item that will forever be in demand.

Blanket Chest

Most households make use of items that need to be put away either in the day or at night. For instance, extra throw pillows ought to be detached from the bed at night before sleeping. Likewise, covers, sheets, blankets that are used while sleeping also need to be kept in an appropriate place throughout the day.

Wooden Ladles and Spoons

A fascinating woodworking project you can take on is to make ladles and spoons of all sizes from wood. I honestly feel you can get a lot of response if you want to create and sell these items. People are starting to use more natural utensils within their kitchen. Wooden ladles and spoons are popular wooden items.

Simple Pallet Shelf

The best projects are those that can be completed quickly, but still look incredible and have people asking “where did you purchase that?!”

This meek pallet shelf is stress-free and faster to make and cost almost nothing if you have a pallet.

Top woodworking tips

Prevent excess glue stains

To eradicate stains caused by exuding glue along joints, fasten the pieces together without glue. Apply masking tape above the joint, then use a utility knife to cut it with. Next, detach the pieces, add the glue, and fasten them together again. The glue will ooze against the tape, not the wood. Get rid of the tape before the glue becomes dry.

Keep a well-lit shop, Pay attention to lighting

You should have reliable and ample lighting in all work regions so you can work from any angle without any vision obstruction. This guarantees efficiency and safety. Consider On-tool lights Overhead lighting and Focused lighting. Painting the ceiling and walls white can help to diffuse the light.

Sharpen your blades

Dull gears such as blades, chisels, planes, gouges, and scrapers don’t efficiently cut. They tear at the wood fibers ensuing a fuzzy, bumpy, improper look. Tools that have been nicked or chipped require grinding. A wet grinder, bench grinder or even a belt sander could be used. Don’t allow your instrument to get too hot while using a belt sander or bench grinder to stop it from misplacing temper. Plunging it in a saucepan of cool water every second helps. After grinding, ensue to refine using a flat wet stone or oil stone. A wet stone is ideal when doing fine woodworking. The last step is to polish it using a leather or stropping wheel or a fine wet stone. Gears with sharper blades make woodworking stress-free, more effective, and safer.

How to stay safe while woodworking

Always Wear Safety Equipment

The most significant rule of woodworking is to put on proper safety gear.

Stay away from Alcohol and Drugs

Mind-altering elements and woodworking are a hazardous mix. Stay away from the wood shop if you’re the least bit under the effect of any intoxicants.

Safeguard your ears

When you think about your safety, it’s significant that you think of your ears. Ensure that you to use earplugs or a more refined type of earmuff. Keep your work zone well ventilated and ensure you have good vents for fresh air. Keep your glues and thinners in a safe place, away from gears that can cause them to light up.

When you are all done with the day’s work, these are some things you ought to do. Take out the trash. Sweep the floors. Put all your supplies and tools in their right positions. Be sure the whole kit and caboodle are shut off. When you turn off your woodworking tools, it’s advisable that you check again to confirm that it is indeed switched off and will not act up while you are away from it.

Avoid Interferences

Interference are a part of our daily life, and while working, it’s no different. Whenever you are distracted in the middle of carrying out an act with a power tool, carry on with the cut until you get to a point where it is safe to stop, before dealing with the interference. Taking your full attention away from your woodworking tool while it’s in motion is very dangerous.