Welcome,

Long time woodworking enthusiasts. There is no better way to share the craft then to share it with others. The best way to learn a craft is to teach it to others. Therefore, taking the time to teach others the beautiful world of wood working is a passion.

A love of woodworking does not start at birth. You have to be able to see the beauty of wood and want to turn it into something that is even more beautiful. Sometimes this may begin with a birdhouse that you build with your parents help as a child. Other times, it may not begin until you are grown and want to build cabinets or something for your home. Regardless of when you discover that you have a love of wood and building; there seems to be a natural progression of wood working, which begins with your first finished project. From there, the sky is your only limit beyond discovering the tools that work best for you.

Beginner Wood Working

Most people start off easy. They start with a hammer, a few nails, a screwdriver, a measuring tape, and perhaps a saw. They practice their cuts, they may use wood burners or Dremel. They may have stain or paint so that bring out the true beauty of their finished product. Whether creating a bird house, a simple shelf, or a toy to play with; it ignites a love of woodworking that will not fade. Then, they must decide whether they want to stick with the basics or invest in power tools and a shop where they can work on even more projects.

The Intermediate Wood Worker

As someone who has had practice with woodworking, your projects will increase in complexity as well as size. You may create cabinets with doors, jewelry boxes, and other things that take a variety of cuts and a lot of time to assemble. This also means that you will want more powerful tools to help you get the projects completed. Jigsaws, electric drills, staple guns, sanders, air hammers, and other tools will be on your purchase list; if you haven’t already purchased them all. Your goal will be to create things that people want for you to build for them. All of these tools will take practice if you want to be able to use them effectively, but most are simple to figure out.

Professional Level Woodworking

A professional woodworker is someone that is good enough with all their tools to make money off their projects. They may build houses and a variety of very large projects, as well as smaller projects that are done very well. They may create things that other people cannot imagine making, perhaps wooden statues and other stuff. They may be craft projects that awe others or closet shelves that are accurately measured out. They are the extreme woodworkers. They have practiced how to cut with a table saw and have mastered their cuts. They can cut with jigsaws and have a working knowledge of all tools within their shop. Many will have also upgraded their tools so that they would be able to do more with them.

Once you reach this level in woodworking, you can create anything that you want to create. You can take on projects that most people would think were too difficult and you can make a career out of doing what you love the most

 

Shop Setup

When creating a woodworking shop, you have a lot of things to consider. One of the biggest things is whether you have enough room for all of your tools, but this is not the only consideration. You also need room to work and ways to store things that are not being used at that time. This could easily mean that you may need to have a little help with shop setup if it is a new shop for you.

Choose the Right Tools

The tools you have on hand will determine the amount of space that you need. A generator, a table saw, and a tool box for hand tools will most likely be some of the largest things you have in it, but you may also want to have a worktable that is large enough for you to work on. In most cases, people spend a lot of time at their workbench and use it for a variety of things. Smaller is not always better in a work bench, but it depends mostly on the types of woodworking you hope to do.

For some people, basic tools are enough for their shop to have. Others, who want to tackle more projects or do more with the wood that they enjoy building with, need more tools. If you think about the must haves for a workshop you may consider a miter saw, a band saw, a drill press, a planer, a jointer, and a jig saw along with electric drills, air hammers, and other tools.

Everything in Its Place

Considering how large all of these tools are, you may not want to move them out of the way every time you start working on a project. Therefore, you should have enough space for everything and room to move around on all of the important sides of your tools. Storage areas or shelves will help you keep everything that can be put up when not in use out of the way. Beyond that, you need to focus on the safety and functionality of your workshop.

Increase the Functionality of Your Workshop

Most every woodworking shop will end up with saw dust flying at one time or another. You can lessen the risk of this happening if you have a dust collection system. By collecting dust before it ends up on your floor, you will not have to worry as much about the air you are breathing within your shop. It will also ensure that there is less risk of sparks igniting, people slipping on the floor, or you losing that handy little tool that you use on virtually all your woodworking projects. It will keep the shop cleaner as an added bonus. If you have a potential customer coming in to see the projects you have completed, your shop will look more appealing to them and you will feel better about showing off where you work. Best of all, a dust collection system is something that is included on some saws, but if it does not come with yours; you can add it or consider a true dust collecting system as a part of your shop setup.

Take Woodworking Outside

Some people feel that woodworking is a hobby that is designed to be carried out inside of a workshop. Others feel that any type of construction should be done in the great outdoors. However, the truth is; you can work where you want to and in some cases, you may even benefit from the experience when you take woodworking outside.

Woodworking Goes Beyond Crafts

Woodworking is a broad term that encompasses a lot of projects that involves wood, but most people who hear the term “woodworking” feel that it is creating wooden plaques or designing beautiful shelving units. The woodworker is often credited for furniture and cabinetry. There is a lot of those type things done in a workshop, but you can also take your talent outdoors where you create other types of beautiful wooden items. For instance, by opening up your mind to the possibilities, you can create custom decks for your above ground pool like this site, a dock down by the river, or a gazebo that is more beautiful than any of your neighbors have ever seen. It may sound like things that someone would do if they were a carpenter, but you can do anything if you set your mind to it and in the end; if you can dream it-it doesn’t matter what you call yourself.

Decking Around Above Ground Pool

Construction Vs Woodworking

Construction is often done in a residential or a commercial setting. The carpenter may build staircases, erect walls, and ensure that the window openings are the same size as the window will be. A woodworker can be on a construction crew, but they may be confined to building cabinets, shelving units, and other decorative things for the home or office that they are working on. A carpenter can read blueprints and though there are some blueprints available for the woodworker; they are not as specific. Both the carpenter and the woodworker will need the same types of tools. They will both rely on their creativity and skills. They will both need saws to get the job done and know how to measure out wood to lessen mis-cuts.

Deck Built With Composite Materials

Pretty much the only difference between the two is that a carpenter will often make much more than a woodworker as a base salary. This could be simply because the woodworker does not aim to make a paycheck with something that they consider a hobby, but as far as the work they are able to do; there is no difference.

Expand Your Woodworking

If you love to work with wood, you are not alone. There are many people who enjoy woodworking and carpentry. Some people who start out as woodworkers end up becoming carpenters and vice versa. You should explore all sides of it to discover which title suits you the best if you want to, but it isn’t something you should feel required to do. You should never limit yourself to a certain type of projects if you love to work with wood and enjoy the smell of fresh cut wood. If you do; you are limiting yourself and your full woodworking potential.

Hand Carving a Canoe

There are many people who feel that the old way of doing things is still the best way to go. For that reason, people still enjoy woodworking and carving wooden logs into beautiful works of art. It is something that more and more people are taking an interest in and even though modern technology tries to make it easier, there is still nothing more satisfying than knowing you have been hand carving a canoe.

How Hand Carving a Canoe is Done

Anyone who works with wood understands that it is not an easy job to take on. However, a canoe is one of the biggest jobs you may take on since it starts out life as just a very large log or tree. From there, if you are working with your hands and power tools, you will want to use a chainsaw, an ax, and an adze to remove the top part of the log and clean out the bowl of it. Your goal will be to whittle out the inside to give you an area to sit and have the general shape of a canoe on the outside so that it will float easily with you inside of it.

Why Carve a Canoe from Wood?

Wooden canoes were first created back when Native Americans were roaming freely. In those days, they were made of birch bark mostly, but then other types of wood began gaining popularity. The newer wooden canoes were more durable. The downside is; wood has to be kept wet or there is a risk of it splitting. This will ruin the looks of your canoe quickly, so it is a good choice to treat it so that you do not end up with splits. Often epoxy is used to protect the wood.

After approximately the mid-1900s, plastic canoes started being produced. They are more durable. They require less maintenance and some may be beautiful. They are shinier than all other options, but true woodworkers have never quite given up the idea of a traditional canoe that is hand-crafted by them.

Do You Want a Kayak or a Canoe?

Kayaks and canoes are both basically the same thing. However, there are a few things that you may want to consider before cutting out that log for your canoe. One thing is that a kayak is generally not going to have a seat for the rider to sit on. A canoe often does, in the form of a bench. This is because the sides are going to be higher on it than the sides for a kayak will be. The canoe is also going to be completely open on the top whereas a kayak may have a covered area for your legs to rest. For a more detailed explanation of the difference between the two, check out Kayak Kraze. You may also want to think about whether you have a single bladed padded or a double. Most canoes use single blades and kayaks use the doubles.

With all of the minor differences between a kayak and a canoe, you may want to take into consideration the size of the log that you are going to be using. If you start with a log that is not thick enough to create a deep area for you to sit in, you could be creating more of a kayak and a log that is too thick may not create a good kayak. Either way, you will be sticking to traditional and creating a true masterpiece when you use wood to hand carve a canoe.