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Students began to go to the library, to the computers and to each other. The blanks began to be filled in on the now living pages of their composition books. Answers were found. Then, sure enough, those answers led to more questions. “Keep going!” I yelled. Don’t stop with one layer, that is just the base coat. Add questions and more questions as you would add coats and coats of paint to a building. I made mad painting motions in the air. They were sure I was off to the hospital then.

Cordless Drill – A cordless drill is a universally useful tool. It is used for screwing things together and for drilling holes of all sizes. You’ll find that you reach for your cordless drill over and over again during your woodworking projects. There are various sizes and strengths of cordless drill available. Look for an 18-volt drill as they have more power and the batteries typically last longer. Consider purchasing an extra battery so you can always have a spare charged and ready.

Buy an assortment of nails, especially “box” nails with a big head. Smaller finish nails and brads are for when kids can comfortably drive box nails consistently.


The first thing you need to do is to figure out what it is you want to build. Think about whether the finished project will be able to suite the purpose you want it for. Take into consideration the design and if it’s suitable. The key to all woodworking projects is the planning. Figure out what the costs will be and what kind of time your project will need to be completed. These important features are a vital part.

If you have access to a local hardware store, start there when choosing your tools. A local resource can be invaluable when you have questions or get stuck on a project. If you don’t have a huge variety of stores close to you, don’t worry, you can get a ton of helpful information (and purchase tools) from the Internet. From your favorite search engine start with searching for “Woodworking Tools”.I found over 2,000,000 results when I searched that term. There are great online woodworking stores such as WoodCraft, Rockler, Micro-Mark and Highland Woodworking. Through the Internet you can also access the home improvement warehouses such as Lowe’s and Home Depot.

There are obvious reasons for choosing a woodworking pattern with diagrams as it’s easier to build what you see, also your more inspired when you can see your project’s end result. Also a good note is to find a pattern with diagrams for every step.

Jig Saw – Eventually you’ll need to cut something other than a straight line. For this purpose a jig saw is great. It allows you to cut curves quickly and easily. Again, choose the model that fits your budget best.

Not too many woodworkers realize that sanders are a great way for sharpening tools as well. There are the belt sanders as well as drum sanding that can be utilized. Just learning the dos and don’t and the proper techniques will go a long way in helping you to use equipment that you may already have.

It’s certainly not the same in today’s world. Very few people have the knowledge or the time to do their own easy wood projects, and end up purchasing the items that, years ago, were built by hand. Imagine all the money you could save by being able to make your own chairs, tables and beds. But, you just don’t know where or how to start.

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