Are you a keen woodwork enthusiast? Perhaps you’ve got grand plans to turn your hobby into a business, or perhaps you’ve decided to take the plunge, step away from your role as a carpenter within a larger firm and set up your own enterprise.
There’s no denying that the art of woodwork can produce some truly stunning results, and there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from standing back and admiring something you’ve crafted with your own fair hands.
But before you get started showcasing your skills and creating furniture, fittings or decorative pieces for others to marvel at, you’ll need a few essential tools. No master carpenter worth their salt can set up a workshop without these.
There are a wide range of saws available, from standard hand saws to circular, jigsaw and reciprocating versions. You’ll need to keep them all supremely sharp to guarantee precision cuts every time, so make sure you take great care. You’ll also need to stock up on a wide range of replacement saw blades so that you’re never without that crucial piece of kit when you need it.
For a smooth finish to larger surface areas, you’ll need a high quality sander. Sandpaper can get the job done for those projects that require a little more subtlety and finesse, but when creating the likes of a kitchen table or chest of drawers, an electric sander will help you produce that perfect finish with a minimum of fuss.
When crafting finer, more delicate pieces, a vast range of chisels will be what you need. They can be used to make small adjustments to your work as well as splitting any softer timber as necessary. Just like your saws, you should keep them sharp for maximum effectiveness but be sure to use them carefully as they can easily slice through a finger.
Especially useful for minor adjustments to doors and frames, planes are a must-have in every carpenter’s tool kit. They can be used to shave mere millimetres off a piece of timber, allowing you to create that perfect fit every time.
Most pieces of furniture will require the joining of multiple pieces of wood, so you’ll need to drill holes in order to create those fixings. A simple hand drill may be enough for some jobs, but for larger projects you’ll need to invest in a bench drill that clamps in place and can be carefully lowered to bore any holes with perfect precision.