6 Integral Tools for Your Affordable Woodworking Kit
There’;;s no debating the fact that woodworking is expensive. Woodworking requires your time, space, money, your energy and etc, but it doesn’;;t always have to cost a monetary fortune. In fact, you can build a basic woodworking kit on just about any budget. Investing in the right tools and supplies ensures you get the most bang for your buck and that you can always keep your expenses in the safe zone. Here are 6 of the most basic supplies you’;;ll need to start woodworking and finish a project without breaking your budget.
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1. Carpenter’;;s Pencil
Though you may use any kind of pencil to make notes, draw plans, mark cut lines or etc, there are a few features to a carpenter’;;s pencil that offer distinct benefits. It’;;s rectangular or elliptical shape, for example, keeps the pencil from rolling out of your reach or off your work table. While focused and working, not chasing after a pencil is surprisingly helpful. Owing to their larger surface area, carpenter’;;s pencils are also easier to grip and, owing to their thicker, non-round core, the pencils are strong to withstand marking on rough surfaces and can easily deliver both thick and thin, delicate and rough marks. You can find a pack of carpenter’;;s pencils for around $4.
2. Carpenter’;;s Square
A carpenter’;;s square, sometimes called a steel square or framing square, is essential to laying out a right or square angle; it also offers many other uses for measurement, creating angles and creating straight lines. Depending upon the size of your typical project, a carpenter’;;s square may eliminate the need for other measuring devices like a tape measure. (Still, a tape measure, being more compact, more portable and perhaps easier to use for simple measurements can be incredibly handy.) You can buy a carpenter’;;s square for less than $10 and can find a great carpenter’;;s square for fewer than $20.
3. Hammer and Nails
In our electronic era, it may feel like a good ‘;;ol hammer and nail have become obsolete. The truth is, though, while it may take one second longer to hammer a nail than to drive a screw, the result is proven, durable and affordable. In addition to being considerably less expensive, the hammer and nail approach also allows for a human element of delicacy and precision; some applications simply can’;;t be done with a power drill. Still, if you are a someone who can spend a few extra dollars enhancing his woodworking kit, a power drill or cordless drill can be supremely helpful. – Of course, a good hammer can also double as a claw tool or demo tool. While you can easily spend $30 on a hammer, you can find a good hammer for around $7 to $11. Depending upon the size of the nail-pack you want, you can find plenty of nail packs/kits between $4 and $15.
4. Wood Putty
Because none of us is perfect, wood putty is something to always have on-hand. Used to fix imperfections in wood like accidental nail holes, scratches, or over-large pores, you can find many varieties of wood putty to match your projects. Apply putty to imperfections and allow it to dry before sanding and finishing. – If you are ultra-crafty or budget conscious, you may make your own wood putty by mixing sanding dust with a binder like wood glue or shellac. You can find a high-quality wood putty for between $4 – $10.
5. Sandpaper Sheets
Just about every woodworking project on earth is going to require some degree of sanding. Keeping sanding sheets in a few of your most commonly used grits will ensure you have the right stuff to put the finishing touch on your work. In sandpaper, the higher the grit, the smoother the finish. Accordingly, if you are rough sanding, 40-grit or 60-grit is best. If you are removing minor imperfections, 80-grit to 120-grit should do the trick, and, if you are finishing a project, use a super-fine grit like 300+. You may hand-sand using only your hands and a sanding sheet, or you may fabricate a sanding block by securing a sanding sheet around a block of scrap wood or a section of 2X4. Depending upon the size and quantity of the sanding sheets you buy, you can get outfitted from about $3 to $15.
6. Handsaw (with Miter Box)
In woodworking, the necessity of cutting wood is just an inevitable as sanding it. You will need to cut wood and you will need to cut it accurately. A handsaw allows you to cut wood to size and to cut wood for joining and etc, while a miter box, with specific preset slots and angles, allows you to make these cuts with a greater degree of precision. The miter box also makes difficult cuts faster and simpler to perform. For those ultra-crafty ones, while certainly more difficult that mixing up some wood putty, you may also fabricate your own miter box. You can find a good handsaw for around $10 and while you can spend up to $40 on a miter box, you can get a good one for fewer than $15.
As you can see, while it’;;s true that woodworking requires a lot of a crafter, it doesn’;;t have to cost an arm and a leg. Even small budgets can start woodworking successfully with these 6 woodworking tools. These integral supplies come together to make a comprehensive and affordable woodworking kit that will allow you to get your projects done while keeping your