There are many wonderful hobbies that a person can choose from but one hobby that is very popular is woodworking. Woodworking is a popular hobby for two reasons. The first reason is because of the natural attraction that all humans have towards the beauty of wood. The second reason is because you can do woodworking with a minimal amount of tools.
A woodworker has a choice of using power tools or hand tools. Woodworking with hand tools is quite a challenge and requires skill and patience. However, you will be able to start any woodworking project using only hand tools and without having to spend an outrageous amount of money.
One of the beauties about wood is that each piece has its own unique beauty and characteristics. Therefore, as you learn more about each type of wood and its characteristics you will improve your skill as a qualified woodworker. As you learn the skill of woodworking you will also acquire a few tips and tricks along the way. Many of these tips and tricks will help you to create that next perfect project.
For example, always use a pre-stain product on the wood before staining it. The advantage of using a pre-stain product first is that it will hide any imperfections and highlight your second coat of stain. A pre-stain will also allow the stain to penetrate equally on all areas of the wood. This will prevent the wood from having a blotchy appearance. Finally, do a practice pre-stain and stain on a scrap piece of the same type of wood before you apply the stain to your project.
Most woodworkers who use hand tools also like to make woodworking accessories for the workshop. Many of these accessories you can buy at your local hardware are building supply store. Making them by hand though ads another special aspect to the entire concept of working only with hand tools.
For example, you can easily make your own reusable sanding blocks. You start by selecting a piece of scrap wood, preferably hardwood. You need to select a size that is comfortable for your hand. This will be one of the advantages that you have over buying one at your local retail outlet. The sanding blocks sold in retail outlets are all the same size.
Once you have found that perfect size for your hand, cover one side with a thin piece of cork that is commonly used for cork boards. Grab a can of spray adhesive and spray one side of the cork and one side of the wood and then glue them together. Cut a strip of sandpaper so that it fits over both the cork and the ends of the sanding block. Tack the sandpaper to the ends of the block of wood and voilà, you have created a custom sanding block that will perfectly fit your grip.
Some woodworking enthusiasts will make a sanding block for each grit of sandpaper that they use. You will learn very soon in your woodworking endeavors to always sand in the direction of the grain. Never sand across the grain as this will leave rough gouges. Also, take your time when sanding and start with a course grit and then progressively work your way up through the medium grits and finally to the fine grits.
Woodworking hobbyists who begin with a small project will eventually want to venture towards larger projects. At this point of time it will be advisable to design a proper place to do your woodworking. A woodworking shop that is properly designed with all of the necessary woodworking hand tools is a dream for most woodworkers.
When you choose only hand tools for your woodworking projects your woodworking shop will not need to be as large as one that requires power tools. Many woodworking hobbyists find ample room in their basement or garage for such a shop. The serious woodworking hobbyists will build a separate woodworking shop behind their home.
For most experienced woodworkers it is a real treat to walk into a woodworking shop that has a good design, all of the appropriate hand tools, and proper working areas. A well-designed woodworking shop should have at least three different work benches. The benches will need to be at various heights to accommodate a variety of future projects. It would also be advisable to have an adjustable Workmate bench that has a clamping platform.
Woodworking is a great hobby for men, women, boys, and girls of all ages. It is likewise a great way to relieve the stress after a hard day at the office. It will provide you with hours of satisfying and fulfilling creativity. Give it a try and you will find out for yourself what a great hobby it is.