Month: May 2016

Planning ahead with wood working tools for your first DIY project

This short introductory but motivational note for DIY beginners helps begin the process of proper planning for what stages of the first project are likely to follow until the final completion of the building of the wood-based item. One of the first stages of planning entails the selection of your most appropriate and suitable selection of wood working tools. The suggestion is to only source tools that you will need at this stage.

There is no need to expend additional expenditure on extra tools which you neither have use for or don’t yet know how to apply them or operate them. If you are that ambitious – this is a good thing, nothing wrong with having ambition – it is suggested that you build up your tool collection slowly but surely, a few tools at a time. Getting a drum sander will be a overhead at this point. This should be happening as your woodworking skills improve over time. As you improve, your inventory will grow naturally.

Because you are working from home, you might not yet have the available space to work smartly and efficiently. You might still be clearing your garage area to convert it into a workshop and storage unit. While you are still planning this, your wood retailer can help you prepare your woodcuts in the meantime. So, there will be tools that you can eliminate at this stage too while they cut, rip, crosscut, join and plane your wood for immediate use at home.

It’s also been said that sourcing these tasks out to your specialist retailer helps you drive down preparation costs in the long run. There is, of course, no additional expenditure for wasted tools not likely to be used. Also, wood cuts are smaller and easier to be transported, even by yourself in your own truck.

Get Knives and Sharpeners Today

There is something to be said about having the best kitchen tools at your disposal if you are going to cook a fancy meal for yourself or a loved one. Cooking is a lot of fun when it is done right, but it also feels like a tremendous chore if you do not have the correct tools and ingredients. The truth is that one of the most frustrating steps associated with cooking is cutting up or slicing foods. Having the best knife sharpener to smoothen your knifes is not a bad idea.

Whether you are cutting up fruits and vegetables, or trying to slice meat into thin pieces before putting it on a pan for cooking, you are going to run into problems with substandard tools. The reality is that using the best knives and sharpeners will make everything a lot easier for you to handle.

When we talk to chefs and ask them about the benefits of using quality knives, they can go on for many minutes about the benefits of these products. Chefs will tell you that using a quality knife means that you are putting less force on the food that you are cutting. Whether you are chopping green onions or cutting up a steak, a quality knife means smoother cuts and much less force from the cook.

When you use less force on the food while cutting, it causes less structural damage to the food. Not only will those pieces look great after you are done cutting, but they will also retain more of their flavor and color.

Using sharper and better quality kitchen knives is also the safest way you can cut up things in a rapid manner. When you see those fun videos on YouTube of chefs who can cut onions in a matter of seconds, you may get jealous. But the reality is that you can achieve that speed and timing if you practice with high quality knives. But you can never achieve that level of expertise if you are using blunted knives to do the job!

Basic Wood Working Tools for Every Shop

Each type of trade has its own set of tools for the job. The trade of wood working is no different. With so many different types of wood working tools available, there are many to choose from. However, there are some basic tools that every shop should have for virtually every potential project. These must-have tools include.

The Hammer

It is considered to be one of the most basic wood working tools. The hammer in the form of a claw hammer offers you a head to hammer in nails and a claw on the other side to pull them out. It’s most commonly seen in construction jobs, but it’s a wonderful tool for the trade of wood working.

Utility Knife

This is one of the key tools that every carpenter has on their person. There are many kinds of blades, but one that offers you the choice to use disposable blades is one of the most common types. The blade has the ability to retract into the grip, this offers you with a safety feature unlike any other.

Tape Measurer

This is another one of the most important tools for the job. A retractable tape measure that is at least 25 feet long will help you to get the job done right.


While there are many chisels on the market one that is made from an alloy carbon steel offers you the best quality for a wood working job. You will need to have a variety of chisel sizes on hand. These will help with a vast amount of projects.


A level is a must-have in the wood working profession. You will need to have a few on hand in a variety of lengths. This will help with a long list of projects to ensure they are leveled correctly.

Tools like biscuit joiner aka plate joiner, or saws will be discussed later.