If you are an aspiring woodworker, who wants to take up woodworking professionally you should give ample thoughts to buying essential woodworking machinery that you will need to carry out woodworking projects efficiently. Just like any other craft, woodworking begins with mastering the basic skills and knowledge to use the fundamental tools efficiently. Of course, a lot depends on the kind of projects you want to take up. But make sure that you invest in the essential woodworking machinery gradually. This way you will be able to assess if you really need a particular machine or not. As you gain more experience in the field, you will be able to find more specialized tools that allows you to do more things efficiently.
In this article we will not discuss about the basic hand tools that you will need to get started in woodworking, rather we will concentrate on choosing the power woodworking tools, which will take your woodworking experience to a whole new level. The first three woodworking machinery, that we would recommend any aspiring woodworker are: tablesaw, a portable planer and a plunge router. With these, you will be able to carry out a number of tasks, right from milling, joinery and shaping.
These three different pieces of woodworking machinery are very important:
A Tablesaw is at the heart of every woodworking workshop. There are several reasons why it has that coveted place among the woodworking machinery you have in the workshop– it not only allows great precision in ripping a stock in straight lines but is also useful in cutting it at various angles. It does the basic milling of a stock with ease and is well suited for joinery works.
When choosing a table saw, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. The first thing you need to understand is that – it is going to be one of the most used machinery in your workshop, so you must always buy a quality one. The work surface of the table saw should be rigid and strong, and should be able to sail through all types of projects. Ideally, you should buy one that has a handle to raise and lower the blade easily, and another handle that will enable you to adjust the angle of the blade. Another essential feature that it must have is the connection for dust collector. It should have powerful motor that will let you cut through hard wood and make deep cuts. The blades of the table saw are incredibly sharp, so they should come with a blade guard and a power switch that is within easy reach while working on it. Many table saw today come with a paddle switch that can be pressed with your knee or foot if you need to shut it down in an emergency.
The Surface Planer:
A surface planer is another indispensable woodworking machinery to have in a woodworking workshop. It can help you to be incredibly creative in the work you do by smoothing any rough saw stock to your desired thickness. Gone are the days when a stock was hand planed tirelessly to get the designed thickness and smoothness, a surface planer can help you get the same result in a short time. Typically, a planer has a table of the dimension between 10” to 14” on which you can feed your stock. There are a set of blades that rotates, thereby cutting the wood as it is fed through it. You can adjust the depth of the cut b using the crank at one end of the planer.
Another important feature that you should consider having in your surface planer is a dust vacuum. This machine generates a lot of dust, so having a dust collection system in place with lengthen its life. This machine is quite noisy when it is at work, so always wear hearing protection when you are using it. If not used with care, it can be dangerous too. So, adhering to the safety precautions is of prime importance.
Every professional woodworking will have a router in his workshop. It is one of those wondrous pieces of woodworking machinery that can carry out a number of tasks for you – not only trimming and decorative edge treatments but also various joints like mortises, rabbets, and dadoes. By having a router in your workshop, you are adding versatility in your woodwork. By making use of patterns, you can create identical parts from wood.
A router makes use of various bits to produce a number of shapes. For beginners, a stationary base router is good enough. It will help you make cuts at a depth you make before making a cut. For advanced woodworkers, a plunge router can add a creative touch to the work. The plunge router bites into the wood, makes the cut and then allows you to lift it back. When choosing a router, choose one that is at least 2 HP or it won’t be powerful enough to carry out various tasks for you. You should also choose one that comes with variable speed. Collet size is another feature to consider. It is important if you want to use various bit sizes. It is important to remember that smaller bit can be put into larger collet size but not vice versa. The power should be within the reach of your fingers, and you should not need to take your hands off the router to switch it on or off.
Other than these 3 woodworking machinery, there are a few other power tools that you can consider buying. One is a good jigsaw. It is a very useful tool that can help you in varied tasks like cutting curves. When buying one look out for one that comes with blade guides as it will help in keeping the deflection of the blades to a minimum. Apart from that a handheld drill and a quality random orbit sander with a provision for dust collection are great power tools to have in your arsenal. Quality of these tools should always be of prime importance when choosing these tools and one should always remember to adhere to the safety norms while using them.