A Mini Beginner’s Guide for Carpentry
Nothing could go wrong, at least when it comes to your furniture, if you possess the basic carpentry skills you can put into practice around your home. For instance, knowing how to put up a shelf & hang your favourite picture could save you a lot of money and time as well.
If you aren’t aware of these practices, here are ten carpentry basics that you can master that will even be useful for you to complete complex tasks as you progress on your woodworking journey.
1. Health & Safety First
We’ve all gone through or at least witnessed some severe injuries at building sites. Well, even the time you shot yourself with the nail gun- would count. So for both minor and intense labour, it is always good to have your gloves on. Because like they say, you’d rather be safe than sorry!
Make sure to set the work area up, keep it nice and neat and tidy. It will help you ensure there are no trip hazards with extension leads. Keeping things clean as you go will only make things easier for you. However, it is advisable to learn basic first aid skills, for example, how to stem the blood flow from an artery when you need to.
2.Familiarising with the essential tools
When it comes to carpentry, most of the tools are multi-usage tools. The carpenter’s pencil would be one such example. If you learn how to use these simple tools, which are at your disposal, depending on the task at hand, you will soon be able to complete tasks you never thought you would.
3. Accurate Measuring
Learning how to read a tape measure accurately could change things drastically for you. Unfortunately, we often fail to double-check and end up regretting when it’s cut too short or too long. To avoid this, always keep in mind to double-check your measurements and avoid cutting any valuable wood short.
4. Setting Out
Everything seems excellent and exciting when you get the perfect measurements. But what happens if you don’t manage to transfer it accurately onto the workpiece while setting? Well, you’ll be stuck with the same problem, eventually ending up being a total disaster when you fail to get both of them right. So here’s what you can do to avoid this; get yourself a good carpentry pencil for this job, and because you’ll probably know some simple carpentry formulas, for example, how to square and so on, coupled with the correct setting out tools, nothing can stop you from nailing it!
5. Cutting Straight or Curved?
Imagine you have done a fantastic job by measuring perfectly. You then transfer it straight onto the wood with even more precision, and now all that is left is to be handy with the saw you’re using to get a perfect cut to finish your task.
The handsaw is used pretty less these days than before the invention of power tools. However, it does not change the fact that it is still widely used. When using a hand saw, if you get tired wrists or sore hands, it probably means that you’re exerting an excessive amount of pressure or, in simple words, trying too hard and are more likely to get off track. To keep the blade steady and apply the least amount of pressure, always keep your index finger pointing down the length of the blade.
Now, suppose you feel like you need a power tool. In that case, you could always head over to your nearest store and get just the right one, according to your preference, course keeping in mind your budget and you’ll now have the best cutting blade to go with the material you are cutting to give yourself the best chance of nothing less than a perfect finish.
6. Knowledge about power tools
When you first start carpentry, learning what each of the power tools could do, how to use them, and how to care for them would probably be one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job. However, if this ends up in the wrong hands, even such fun tasks can be dangerous, but when used correctly, they prove to be the most useful, time-saving, and handy tools for building pretty much an endless amount of incredible stuff out of wood!
7. Hammering in and removing a nail
The hammer is, along with the hand saw, probably the most recognisable primary carpentry tool you’ll master. Just like a golf club and the hand saw, don’t go hell for leather swinging as hard as you possibly can. ‘Less is more’ – take your time and aim for accuracy over power at first until you ‘get the swing of it. The hammer isn’t just for hitting home nails; you’ll learn to remove nails, lever timber into position, blunt the end of nails so they don’t split the wood and more uses too.
People mostly go for two different hammers, one which is usually used for second fixing work. These are comparatively smaller and lighter, and the second is a much larger framing hammer. This hammer has a more extended handle and a heavier head to hit on larger nails.
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