Saws are needed to cut wood…..that seems obvious, but what saw does a girl need to start woodworking?
One reason I was afraid to start building was concern over not having the right tools. It cost too much and the tools were intimidating. On top of that, the lingo was like a foreign language. Even though I really wanted to make things, I didn’t know where to start. I had to wade through a lot of blogs, youtube tutorials and websites mainly directed to men who already knew the lingo and had incredibly expensive tools. Slowly I pieced the basics together and here is some of the lessons I learned.
A saw is the most basic woodworking tool. It is the power tool that cuts the wood to the right length . There are several types of saws.
The one I use the most is this 10inch miter saw I picked up at Harbor Freight tools for about $70.
It can also cut pieces at an angle and a bevel….( check out the pottery barn knock off benches for examples of angle and bevel cuts).
A 10 inch miter saw can cut a piece of wood up to 10 inches wide. A 12 inch miter saw can cut a piece of wood up to 12 inches wide.
A circular saw can cross cut boards wider than 10 inches
A circular saw can also rip longer boards. Think of ripping like ripping a piece of paper in half. Thus sheets of plywood can be ripped to size with this saw. Harbor Frieght sells a decent circular saw for about $40. However, I find it hard to cut a straight line when the board is too wide or long……
So I broke down and bought the most expensive piece in my workshop, a table saw.
I went to Home Depot for this one and paid about $180. This is one piece that needs more precision….even so this is an entry level price next to the $3000 woodworking cabinet grade table saw…..a wish for one day. Nevertheless, this table saw has served me well….
The table saw’s blade can be adjusted in height and angle. It can also do damage to fingers!
So make sure you use your guard…not pictured here, sorry!
The table saw is amazing! It is simply a blade that peeks up through a slot. It can cut through thick and wide wood in a straight line. However, it can do so much more than that!
I needed to do one more cut….a curve. For this, I purchased an inexpensive jig saw. It was another Harbour Frieght $30 purchase.
A jig saw allows curved cuts….
So for about $320, I purchased the basic power tools to cut wood. Cutting wood accurately is the foundation of wood working. I’ll be doing a video on how to cut wood accurately with several of these saws soon…….
Later, we will cover a few simple ways to join wood together.