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Accessories that Every Woodworker Needs

All woodworkers, whether it's their trade or hobby or for general DIY around the home, know that specific equipment is needed to carry out the task successfully. Of course, the bigger tools come to mind first; the saw, routers, sanders, drills etc, but what about the little things? It's those other accessories that every woodworker needs to begin and complete the job.

Sample of the Accessories needed in woodworking shop

  • Vernier
  • A vernier or caliper allows for greater accuracy and precision when measuring thicknesses and diameters than using a ruler or tape measure.

  • Chisels
  • A variety of chisels are always handy. Beveled-edged chisels allow the user to work closely to corners and edges. The butt chisel is used for mortising door hinges and the mortise chisel is used for making mortise and tenon joints, for example, in window sashes.

  • Gimlet/Bradawl
  • A gimlet is a screw-tipped tool that is useful for starting off screw and nails holes, particularly if they are in awkward areas. A bradawl can also be used for starting off nail and screw holes but can also be used as a pencil by scratching marking lines in the wood surface.

  • Nail punch
  • A nail or pin punch allows you to set or recess the heads of nails or brads by tapping it with a hammer. You are then able to stop up the opening with filler to hide the nailed surface.

  • Clamps
  • Clamps are a versatile accessory that can't be neglected. They are used to secure tools or work pieces to benchtops in readiness for work. They are used to hold firm, pieces that are being glued together, such as a right-angle clamp that is designed to keep corners at 90 degrees while be glued, and are also used as temporary fasteners. Clamps come in a variety of shapes and styles that can be used for many applications.

  • Hammers
  • Every woodworker must have a hammer or two. A claw hammer drives nails in easily and has the capability of pulling them out if needed also. A smaller tack hammer is useful for delicate work with small pins, upholstery and hammering in difficult spaces.

  • Sanding block
  • A sanding block is usually made from tough rubber or is rubber faced. The block then is wrapped in sandpaper to hand-sand flat surfaces. Sanding blocks also come in a softer foam type which makes it easier for hand-sanding curves.

  • Spirit levels
  • Spirit levels come in an assortment of sizes and are vital for checking the accuracy of vertical and horizontal surfaces.

  • Miter box
  • A miter box is basically a jig that allows you to saw accurate 45 degree and 90 degree angles accurately. It is great for cutting moldings and is best used with a tenon saw.

  • Filing knives
  • Filing knives make the job easier for you to smooth filler or stopping into cracks and holes in your timber. It is best to have a narrow and a wider version.

  • Plane
  • For the traditional woodworker, a plane is one of the most important hand tools. It is ideal for smoothing, straightening, beveling and generally finishing off many odd jobs at the workbench. Just remember to keep it sharp.

  • Tape measure
  • A retractable steel measuring tape is vital for measuring lengths and widths accurately. They come in a range of lengths and also in imperial and metric measurements.

  • Scale ruler
  • At times woodworking patterns are scaled down for convenience of handling. This tool will help determine the scale of the drawing. Often woodworking drawing are scaled to 1/2" = 1" or smaller.

  • Shop Vacuum
  • Every woodworking shop must have a portable industrial strength vacuum cleaner to suck up the remaining debris after every job. It will help keep the workplace clean and safe.

  • Toolbox
  • A tool box will help protect and keep your tools tidy and makes it easier for transportation if you need to take tools with you.

  • Extension leads
  • Every workshop needs extension leads. Power tools are sold with short leads so extension leads allow for greater flexibility.

  • Try square
  • This is a great little tool for precision use or for checking your work for squareness. The try square comes with a variety of blade lengths, usually 6" and 12".

    Save yourself time and effort by incorporating some of these accessories to make you woodworking shop well equipped.

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