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Beginner Woodworking Projects Without Power Tools
You do not necessarily need power tools to start woodworking.
Recently, woodworking has become quite a popular hobby. It is very fulfilling and brings you hours of recreation, as well as the satisfaction of creating things out of wood. However, woodworking is not only a “hobby”. The skills you acquire can be easily transferred directly into home improvement, DIY furniture and home repair.
If you are fresh to woodworking, selecting the right tools can be quite a daunting task. There are so many types of tools available on the market and on top of that, you have all sort of power tools that seems to be must-haves for working on wood. The truth is, all you require to get started on your woodworking journey are some basic tools, such as jack plane, panel saw, a variety of chisels, a back saw and a combo square for beginners. We have also put together some beginner woodworking projects without power tools for you.
The Downside of No Power Tools
There are some limitations when working without any power tools, hence be sure to pick the right project to start. Power tools are there to minimise workload and make some processes easier. Therefore woodworking without power tools will take a bit more times, so please be patient when working on projects.
The Upside of No Power Tools
However, using hand tools is not a bad thing at all. Without power tools, you require a much smaller space to set up your workshop, and will also save yourself a fortune as power tools cost quite a lot. Not using power tools will also let you work on your fundamental woodworking skills and this will inevitably make you a much more skilled woodworker. You can expend your toolbox as you progress down the path of the woodworker since you will know more about what tools you need and what tools to buy.
How to Pick a Project to Start
When choosing your first project, it is important that you do not bite off more than you can chew. You should go for something that is manageable, so you will be able to finish it. This will give you satisfaction and desire to return to woodworking and challenge yourself again with another project. Below are a few tips to help you pick a suitable project to start your journey as a woodworker.
Pick a Small Project
It is better to pick a small project, but you do not want to go for something that is too small as there is much less room for error. That is why a delicate small wooden box is actually harder to make than a piece of small furniture like a side table.
Sometimes, a project may contain a wide range of different joinery; make sure you avoid those projects. As a beginner, it is better to focus on a few main types of joinery and master them. So stay away from complicated projects until you have more experience and skill to challenge them.
Last but not least, avoid using dyes. Many woodworker’s hard works are ruined by the misuse of dyes. When you are looking for materials to build your project, always take the colour of the wood into consideration. A simple wipe with oil, varnish blend or polyurethane is enough as your finish touch. Do try to get fancy with dyes and risk of destroying your masterpiece.
Woodworking Tips for Beginners
As you are just getting into the woodworking business, we put together some tips for you that might help you along the way.
Understand How Wood Behaves
It is very important that before you start working on your piece of timber, you understand the orientation and the direction to plane the board. As you might know, trees grow in layers of a ring which created the grains in specific direction. It will make your job much easier if you go along the grain of the wood rather than against the direction of the grain.
Sharpen your tools
As simple as it sounds, you will be surprised how many woodworkers don’t sharpen their tools regularly. Tool maintaining is a foundational skill as it is something that you need to do on a regular basis. Using a blunt tool will not only slow your progress but more importantly, it is very dangerous. If you spend excess power pushing your dull chisel, you will likely to lost control over it when it pops free. Therefore, remember to sharpen your tools regularly and that will make your working process safe and efficient.
Invest in Tools
Like most crafts, woodworking can be done with very basic tools. However, as you progress more and more, it is essential that you invest more in your tools. Some tools may not be necessary, but it makes your working process much smoother and some even allow you to create a better and precise cut. Be sure to do some research on Google or ask other woodworking experts before purchasing any tools.
First Project Ideas
There is always space and need for a side table in every household. On top of that, it is not hard to make at all. First, you need to make a table top and it can be a circle one or any other shape you like. After that you only need to make four legs and the pieces to connect them.
Bookshelf is also a great project to start with as it is simple enough to compete yet a very useful item. However, make sure you keep your bookshelves simple and do not go overboard with too many shelves in it.
Making a stool is similar to making a side table, but you have to make sure that the legs are strong enough to withstand human weight. You can decorate your stool by adding a cushion on the top to make it unique.
Woodworking can sound intimidating for beginners as it involves handiwork, so take your time and learn it through trial and error. In the end, it is all about simple series of steps that add up to a complete project. With a bit more experience and planning, you will be able to tackle more complex projects. You can find several free woodworking plans at Ted’s Woodworking that might help you to select your next project. Ted’s Woodworking provides hundreds of quality woodworking plans and they also offer 50 free woodworking plans without signing up for any subscription.
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Wood is a very common material that often used in construction, interior fit out and used to make furniture; but some people take the possibility of wood to the next level. From electronics to vehicles, here’s are five of the coolest creation made from wood.
This inspiring wooden Vespa was handcrafted by the Portuguese craftsman, Carlos Alberto. The Classic Vespa is one of the famous designs in the history, and this is a worth to be remade. The small scooter is based on an original Vespa which had fallen into parts. However, using the long-tested woodcraft techniques, a curving new body was made for this classic scooter. The central vertebrae of the bike are decorated with steam bent and plastic-coated veneers upon which very well carved bodywork hangs. Seat and package tray, are also made from wood.
This wooden computer is made by a young designer, Marlies Romberg, as she is always against using non-ecofriendly materials like plastic and aluminium.
The computer comes with a monitor, mouse, computer table and an engraved wood computer keyboard. This vintage looking beauty will help in salvaging the humongous land mass that has been under tons of garbage generated by the use of plastic and other non-degradable substances. The computer table with a built-in monitor, laser cut-to-precision keyboard and a CPU that’s neatly tucked away underneath the table; all made up of wood and brass.
Laser cut plywood lamp
It’s a bulb but not as you know it. This clever lamp is shaped like a giant lightbulb, designed by Barend Hemmes. It is made from laser-cut wood, which can be identified by the crisp burned edge. The wooden Builb can be hung from the ceiling or laid on its side, not only it will bring light to any room, but also adds a little bit of humour.
It’s rare to find an item that pleases both gadget and nature lovers, but the Jupiter Mouse from Actbrise Electronics does just that. This wooden mouse is handmade from Chinese flowering ash in Japan’s rural Gunma prefecture. It earns its name from the natural wood grain swirls and clicks button that resembles the largest planet’s famous spot. However, the innovative design isn’t limited to form; the cursor moves in the direction according to the tilt of the spherical mouse, which rests comfortably in the palm of your hand. The Jupiter mouse not only brings a refreshing natural element to your desk bit also offers an exciting new approach to navigating your computer screen.
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Many said that social media and the internet have negative impacts on us, but not this Michigan mum…
“Have we become more cold-hearted? I often ask this question after scrolling through my social media news feed. Apart from pictures of someone’s dinner and photos of random kids, most of the stories are negative, such as recent mass shootings, political problems and scientist finding out another food that is harmful to us (and normally it’s your favourite). Last but not least, we have keyboard warriors spreading hate comments. Today, most of us are consistently under a lot of pressure, whether from work, family, financial situations, sickness or something else. More negativity coming from the internet is the last thing we need.
Just when I was about to give up on social media and go back to my already-beaten-day, I came across an article that warmed my heart. A Michigan mum posted on social media a story about her disabled son, who said he didn’t want a birthday party because he thought he didn’t have any friends. Due to his disability, it is difficult to make friends and often sits alone during lunchtime at school. This Michigan mum went and created a Facebook where people can send him positive thoughts and encouraging words.
About a week and a half later, this Facebook page had grown so fast that there are about 60,000 members! Her son not only received so much support from this group of kind-hearted people, but the story also got so popular even the “Good Morning America” hosted a surprise birthday party for him in the Times Square. Now, that is an EPIC birthday party that no one in his school can top it off.
Isn’t this such a heart-warming story? Like the Michigan mum, I believe there is positivity on the internet, but we need more people to share the good news, not just the bad ones.
We started this blog because we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to make the internet and social media a better place; by spreading a little bit of positivity a day. In this blog, we hope you will find images, articles or anything that may bring inspiration and encouragement.
There is only one purpose here, to spread positivity.
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