Many people shy away from woodworking projects simply because they haven’t done it before, or feel they need to go out and buy thousands of dollars worth of tools. In fact, some basic woodworking skills can take the place of expensive tools — making the project you’ve always dreamed of possible.
At some point in almost any DIY project, you will need to drill holes. The easiest way to do this is with a drill. Cordless drills can go anywhere, last a long time, and won’t break the bank. They are also very functional, from simply tightening screws to drilling large holes in various materials.
Drilling holes sounds pretty easy, and it is! However, there are a few tricks to help you drill holes better and get more out of your workout. The video below contains tips such as trapping dust, creating hole guides, making sure you drill to the right depth every time, and creating pilot holes. Armed with these tips, your holes should be more consistent in depth, have less clutter, and always be in the right place.
There are several ways to cut, including hand saw, jigsaw, circular saw, table saw and band saw. We will focus on hand saws, jigsaws and circular saws as they are the cheapest and should work on 90% of your home projects.
- Hand saws are a good option for fast cuts that don’t have to be perfectly straight. They take up some muscle as they are unpowered, but are perfect for fast work. The downside of hand saws is that you will need a separate saw for each type of material you need to cut, so if you’re trying to cut wood and sheet metal, that’s an additional expense.
- Jigsaws have a reciprocating blade and are excellent universal saw, which we often use in our projects. They are excellent at making oddly shaped cutouts and curves, but not so great if you want perfectly straight cuts. Another advantage of jigsaws is that the blades are small, cheap, and interchangeable, allowing you to quickly switch between cutting different materials.
- Circular saws are the heaviest of the three and ideal for long straight cuts. The downside is that you can’t cut curves like you can with a jigsaw puzzle, and they’re a little dangerous for beginners. If you’re going to do a lot of woodworking, investing in a circular saw is a good option.
Because jigsaws are some of the most versatile saws out there, here’s a video with an overview of the jigsaw’s features and some tips on how to use them.
Most likely, in any woodworking project, you will have to join two pieces of material. Screws are perfect for this — much better than nails — but there are hundreds of different types and sizes, all for different uses. We’ll cover the most common types and applications so you can quickly determine which type you’ll need for your project and how to use it.