2 Most Common Types of Woodworking Projects

Woodworking is a craft with historical records which go back for centuries. Everyone from ancient Egyptians to modern day homeowners has used loved and enjoyed the art of woodworking.

Woodworking also encompasses a range of different projects, products and goods; from furniture like wooden tables and chairs to bookshelves to décor like picture frames or artistic sculptures, and so much more. Many people who become interested in woodworking often gravitate towards certain types of projects or items that either cater to their particular skills or interest them because of the complexity or the craft involved in doing the work. The following are some of the most commonly undertaken types of woodworking projects.

Furniture

Furniture is arguably the most common type of woodworking project worldwide. In the past—and still, in some areas—people could only buy wooden furniture that was handcrafted by someone with skills in woodworking. Everything from dining room tables to sitting room chairs to storage shelves and sometimes even beds could be made with woodworking; ornate and luxury woodworking was typically employed for the higher classes of society who could afford to employ people with the skills and experience necessary to create such fine items.

Today, many people can find cheap, mass-made wooden tables and chairs for much more affordable prices than they could in the past. But this doesn’t mean that the art of woodworking to create furniture is lost or gone—on the contrary, more and more people are looking for actually handcrafted pieces because of the quality they possess that no factory made table could ever match. Furniture made with woodworking can be just about anything—tables, chairs, beds, shelves, storage cabinets, dressers, and so on.

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Figurines/Decor

Wooden figures have, like furniture, been around for centuries. In the past, wooden figurines might be made with practical purposes—such as the popular wooden ‘fashion dolls’ made in the 18th century for fashion houses, where they would be sent around the world to showcase the latest and greatest in women’s fashion—or with ornamental and decorative purposes, such as wooden figurines painted to look like people, animals, homes, scenes, and just about anything under the sun.

Décor is another popular type of woodworking, and can encompass everything from the aforementioned figurines to other types of decorative projects, such as bird cages, jewelry boxes, wine bottle holders, toy boxes, and everything in between.

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Avoid these Top 2 Common Woodworking Mistakes

Woodworking can be a very rewarding profession or hobby; not only does woodworking promote the fine tuning of practical skills that can be used to create everything from a dining room table to an ornate figurine, woodworking can be financially successful for those that choose to sell their crafts and services to people looking to buy.

Woodworking has been a staple of production for centuries, but although the craft itself is a tale as old as time, there are still many common woodworking mistakes that people make with they are employing their skills. The following are the top two most common mistakes—and how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Taking inaccurate measurements

The old adage “measure twice, cut once” is still very much true. This common mistake often occurs because people are in a rush to get something done or believe that they could not make such a silly, simple mistake; yet is still happens, and often! In order to prevent this mistake, make sure that you measure at least twice—and that you are measuring correctly. If you are in doubt about the measurement, you may want to consult a friend or colleague who has experience in woodworking for their opinion. It is better to take a little extra time confirming that your measurements are correct than regret wasting time—and wasting wood—on a mistake.
Mistake #2: Unevenly sanded pieces

One of the most important steps in woodworking is sanding down the wood. Sanding down the wood is for both practical and aesthetic purposes. Sanding down the wood can ensure less of a chance of splintering wood and it creates a smooth service on which varnishes, polishes and other material can be applied. Sanding the wood down to certain points can also create visual effects that a woodworker might want to use for specific pieces. With the wood is not sanded evenly, however, this creates an uneven appearance which can look—and feel—low quality.

The key to an evenly sanded piece is having a high quality table sander and knowing how to use it. A table sander can help ensure that the wooden pieces are evenly sanded at the same time, creating a consistent sanding pattern throughout the entire woodworking craft. If you are using your pieces for professional purposes, look into purchasing a high quality, stationary sander that will produce the best performance.

3 Essential Woodworking Tools

A worker is only as good as his tools, and a significant part of woodworking is having the right tools—and knowing how to use them. There are dozens of different tools that can be used in the process of woodworking; many of them are suited to specific types of woodworking, such as tools use for certain types of carving or sanding, and so on.

However, there are some tools which are considered essential for doing even basic woodworking. Let’s take a look at three of the essential woodworking tools you will need in order to do basic woodworking crafts.

Essential: Table Saw

A table saw is an electric handsaw which is mounted upside down to a table top which is typically made from steel. The saw blade the handsaw will be sticking out of a specially made slot which makes it easier and safer to use. The table saw can be adjusted for cutting depth and height and, depending on the make of the table saw, other features as well. Table saws come in several different forms–from heavy duty, professional-grade models to portable bench table saws which are lighter than and not as strong as more professional grade models.
Table saws are essential for cutting wood safely, usually more quickly, and more evenly.

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Essential: Lathe

A lathe is used in the process of woodturning, an essential process which is used for creating everything from table and chair legs to items like bowls. A lathe can lock a piece of wood into place and, when the piece is spun around between the ‘head’ and ‘tail’ of the lathe, it is shaped through a gouge that is held onto the lathe rest. Lathes can also be used to ‘face plate turn,’ which involves fastening the wood into the lathe’s face place, which creates hollowed out pieces like bowls and cups.

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Essential: Table and Belt Sander

Sanding is very important for the process of woodworking and a quality table and belt sander will not only make sanding quicker and easier, it will produce more consistent sanding for a better product. The table and belt sander combines two types of sanders for a more effective tool. A higher quality table and belt sander will typically feature a larger sanding tool which can sand down more wood at one time. Sanders can be portable or stationary—stationary sanders are typically sturdier but more expensive.

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