Few useful skills that you’ll need to learn to be good Woodworker and Diy-er.

I think there are two kinds of people in the world – those who overthink, and those who don’t do it enough. I’ve been both of those over the course of my life – in my younger years, I didn’t think enough, but now, I do it too much, which is just as bad. People ask questions about the tools and brands all the time, and never get to actually buying those tools and getting started with their first project. I think it was Mike Tyson who said that “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”. I think that’s so hilariously true and after some point, always rush myself into the action.

So today, I wanted to talk about few skills or knowledge that might be useful to have before picking up woodworking. So if you are like me and feel like you have to know every detail before getting started with your task, you could take a look at some of these and learn whichever you like.

First one, is obviously sharpening. Even though power tools don’t need as much sharpening as hand tools used to, there are rare cases when your saw blades get rusty and you’ll need to either replace them or sharpen them. And depending on your financial situation, both are reasonably good solutions.  Circular saw replacement blades aren’t that expensive, they cost about twenty dollars, but that’s only tip of the iceberg of the costs associated with woodworking. And it’s pretty easy to trim that cost by sharpening your blades, so a lot of people choose to do just that.

Carving is one of the best uses of hand tools in woodworking. Carving well can give you tons of possibilities to give your projects sophistication and that fine touch that will draw everyone’s eyes. I personally can’t do it, as I’m not an artsy type, and I think you need to have some creative talent to properly master the art of carving.

Third one, is the distinction between the lot of different brands in this field. This might seem boring for some people, but a lot of questions are asked about power tool brands and whether one brand is better than the other. So to quickly summarize the situation on the market today, there are many high end brands like DeWalt and Bosch who price their products much higher than the affordable brands like Ryobi and Skil. And all of these tools work perfectly, the only difference is that DeWalt’s tools are heavy duty, while Ryobi’s tools are not intended for rough type of work. I have Ryobi tools and they have lasted me for years, but the truth is that I only use them one or twice in a week, therefore they’re able to keep up. But if I were to throw some tough job at it every once in a while, it would eventually break.

That’s all for today and I hope I have helped some potential woodworker find his or her path in this complicated world of woodworking.