by Paul Cameron
Woodworking covers a variety of processes, such as cabinetmaking, joinery, marquetry, turning, and woodcarving. Nevertheless, all expert craftspeople have had to learn the fundamental techniques of marking, measuring, dimensioning, assembling and finishing. These skills are the fundamentals of woodworking and are the nitty-gritty of woodworking, be it hobby or profession.
The capability to conceptualize three dimensionally is necessary to mark up the wood and to envisage how one piece fits with another and in what order. As well, you’ll have to learn which tools will bring about the best outcome, considering the degree of accuracy called for and the attributes of the wood you’re working with.
The process of cutting the wood to size is called dimensioning; it’s a straightforward procedure in theory, but it takes a lot of practice to get it right. All except the most basic of woodworking projects call for cutting and putting together an assortment of joints. Long considered to be a test of a woodworker’s skill, joinery requires unwavering hand-eye coordination. However, practice will help you discover the most effective means to secure one section of wood to another appealingly and inconspicuously without giving up durability.
Knowing how wood actually performs is a key component of these basic abilities. It’s a unique, living thing that expands and contracts in various weather conditions, particularly humidity, and this has to be taken into account by every woodworker when planning and constructing a project. Some woods are simpler to work with than others, and each piece, irrespective of the type, is unique in the way the grain twists and turns.
In woodworking, there isn’t just one right way to do things. The most effective method is the one that you’re most comfortable with, and balances all the variables such as how much time is required to finish the project, what tools you have available, how important it is that your project is of the highest quality, and how much enjoyment you get from the process.
Their are lots of reasons for and against using either machines or hand tools in woodworking. Many believe that using hand tools lets you become familiar with cutting and forming the wood without affecting the grain. Other experts in the field believe that you can complete a project faster by using hand tools, mostly because of the time involved in preparing to work with mechanical tools. Some others believe the total opposite.
With a bit of patience, the proper tools and techniques, and a good design, you could be well on your way to creating something you’ll appreciate for a long time to come.