Basic Tools List for Woodworking

16. Chainsaw

A chainsaw is a portable mechanical saw with a guide bar through which a rotational chain with a set of teeth runs. Chain saw is popularly used for activities like tree felling, pruning and cutting firewood. These portable cutters are used for cutting anything that is large or required precise cuts.

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  • The range of Chainsaws

Chainsaws come in a range of sizes, from small to hefty ones. These are also available in different types: corded electric, gas and battery-operated cordless saws. Design of a standard chainsaw features handles on the front and rear end on the motor housing or engine. It also has a cutting bar which extends from the housing. Though chain saws can be used for many activities, the most popular use is cutting woods.

While purchasing chainsaws, one has to think of the size and type of wood to be cut. Bar length is a crucial point in deciding the work the chainsaw can handle. Saw with longer bar length is most suitable for cutting large-diameter wood in one go. The bar length of most household saws ranges from 6 inches on the smaller electric saw to 20 inches on the gas-powered saw. Chainsaws for professional use has bar lengths more than 20 inches.

Chainsaws with anti-vibration features make a good saw as it is comfortable and reduces the fatigue of the user. Good chain saws come with automatic oiler which lubricates the chain while cutting. This will reduce the burden on the user to oil the chains often to ease the workflow. While buying chainsaw one has to also look into the availability of spring-assist starting and chain brake features to ensure they have zeroed on the best chainsaw.

17. The level

A level is a vital instrument required in any field. These are called a spirit level, bubble level or simply level. A level is used to indicate whether the surface of consideration is horizontal or vertical (plumb). The level is used for different activities by stonemasons, carpenters, bricklayers, surveyors and for the DIY home improvement projects. Different types of levels are available such as cross-check, digital, laser, line, post level, and standard levels.

Before buying a level, one should have a clear idea of the type of project being carried out and the kind of level required. Levels, which are lengthy, are extremely handy for paver, drywall or lumber projects. Levels with magnetic features are available today. This allows hands-free use of levels on metal surfaces. Latest levels come with optional features such as LED lights and digital readout. These are helpful while working in low light areas.

  • Essential Features

Some essential features to be considered while buying levels are accuracy, durability and visibility. A spirit level or bubble level is truly useful when these are capable of delivering precise level measurements. It is preferable to use levels with 0.0005″/1″ accuracy or above. As levels are also used for outdoor works in jobsites rather than DIY household work, these should be able to withstand the harsh environment. Levels are useless without the ability to show the position of the bubble. Therefore, always opt for contrasting colored levels with sharp site feature. The levels can be used for scaling the level of the wall hanging in house to viewing the alignment of bricks in a construction site.

18. Drill Presses

An essential device known for its accuracy and efficiency, a drill press is a blessing to any woodworker. This device is either mounted on a stand or bolted to the workbench or floor. Therefore, this device comes in two types: A bench type and a floor type drill press. A bench drill is portable and easy to manage but is not powerful and is useful for drilling of a small hole. Floor drill stands on the floor, is designed for heavy drilling, and forms large holes.

Another variant of drill press used today is a magnetic drill press, which has a magnetic base. This makes it easy for mounting on a metal surface. These can withstand intense workload and are comparatively lightweight.

Comparing to hand drills, these require less effort in drilling. The use of clamps in drill press restricts the position to be worked on, making the operation secure. The holes are drilled accurately and consistently in a drill press as the angle of the spindle is fixed relative to the table unlike hand drills.

  • The ideal drill press

An ideal drill press will have a flat base, which ensures accuracy, a solid framework having quality clamps and parts. The drill should have a stopper to prevent too deep drilling. A key tightened attachment of chuck to the drill press is another characteristic feature of the ideal drill press. The latest drill presses come with in-built ports to collect dust. While buying a drill press, you have to decide the type of drill that suits your requirement. For small and easy works, bench top drills are the best choice. For professional grade works, heavy duty floor drills are the best.

19. Tape measure

A measuring tape is a must for workers. A tape measure consists of plastic, fiberglass or metal strip with markings of linear measurement. Tape measures come handy on surfaces, which cannot be measured using rigid scales, and require flexibility to stretch and bend. There are four types of tape measures: cased tape, sewing tape, open-reel or long tape and D-tape. Cased tape measures are widely popular and versatile design. These have a measuring tape in rubber or metal holder and can be easily carried in pockets or clipped onto tool belts. These come in a standard 25-foot tape measure. Sewing tapes are commonly used for sewing and DIY works. These tapes are made of clothes or vinyl materials. These tapes are available in a standard length of 60 inches to extra-long 120 inches length. The D-tapes, on the other hand, is similar to cased tape but has the flexibility to easily wrap around circular objects. The long reel tapes are highly used by contractors and engineers. These tape length can range from 25 to 500 feet.

  • Buy Tape measure according to need

Most of the tapes have markings on both sides and are measured in feet, meters, and centimeters. All the tapes except sewing tapes have a spiked structure on the open end of the tape. This helps in holding the tape on position and maintains stability. Any changes in the action of the spike will definitely result in variation in the accuracy of the measurement. Buy measuring tape according to the need of the project you do. Tapes that do not wear out easily after continuous use are ideal for any profession.

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