Hand tools are an irreplaceable asset for any woodworker. Even if you have become an expert at woodworking and use woodworking power tools in all your projects, it is highly recommended that you do not entirely give up using hand tools. Woodworking hand tools can allow you to achieve the same amount of finesse, as you get with power tools. This may be hard to believe for some, but it is very do-able, all it requires is technique and practice. This article will explain the functions of different woodworking tools, together with the names of the tools that are a must have for any amateur woodworker.
Here are the 5 most usefull woodworking hand tools:
It consists of two parts; the rubber handle and the metal end (blade). The metal end can be sharpened, if it goes blunt with use. The chisel is used to remove unwanted pieces of timber. It can also be used for the purpose of carving into the wood. Force is applied on the rubber end, either by one’s hands or by using a mallet to strike it. The amount of force applied determines the depth that the chisel cuts into.
These are also known as “cramps”. There are a wide variety of clamps available, which include; bar clamps, pipe clamps, G cramps etc. They all perform the same basic function. A clamp is used to hold a piece of wood or a joint in a secure or stable fashion. It can be used when adhesive needs to be applied or dried. It allows for stability in woodworking. There are also methods of making one’s own clamps. Blueprints can be found on a number of sites, regarding how one can build pipe clamps etc.
The hammer is probably one of the most common and necessary woodworking hand tools there is. It is used to apply blunt force in order to achieve a particular end result. The desires result may be to break a piece of wood, to drive in a nail or to apply force to join two pieces together. The head of the hammer is always made of a strong sturdy metal and the handle is covered with rubber to allow a good, firm grip.
These woodworking hand tools are similar to hammers. A mallet is made or of wood or rubber. This means that it can be used to apply force, without causing any damage to the wood. They come in different sizes and can be bought from any local store.
This tools is an absolute necessity for every woodworker’s tool box. Hand saw consist of a handle and blade, with a serrated end. They are used for cutting wood in a straight or angled manner. Power saws are also available, but they may harder to handle for a beginner, so it is best to opt for a hand saw. They come in different sizes and types.
The above mentioned tools are all must-haves for amateur woodworkers, as well as, professionals. Their importance lies in their simplicity and increased control that the woodworker has on them.