Hobbyist Extremes: Wood Crafting

Enthusiast Extreme: Hobby Wood Crafting

A hobby wood crafting enthusiast is an uncommon breed in this day and age, yet their work can easily become among the most impressive hobby crafts out there. Whether it’s crafting a beautiful piece of furniture or simple toys made of wood, the wood crafter’s lot is one of hard work but stunning results. It is also a craft that takes a great deal of patience to master, along with a great deal of difficult practice and no small amount of expensive tools and materials. Still, for the truly dedicated wood worker, these obstacles can and will be overcome for the sake of their art.

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The exact materials of a wood crafting project will of course vary in cost depending on the type of wood one purchases for the project. Pine wood is a good choice for one’s initial efforts in wood working as it is relatively inexpensive and simple enough to work with. However, there is a reason for this as pine is not the highest grade of wood available, making it somewhat unsuitable for heavier woodworking projects such furniture, as well as not having a particularly pleasant appearance. Still, for simple projects intended to allow an artist to get their feet wet in the world of wood working, pine is a wonderful place to start.

For wood workers who need a more heavy duty material, oak is a popular wood as it is tough and durable, capable of handling heavy weights for projects such as furniture. Its appearance is not the most prestigious, but it is fairly durable. It is somewhat more difficult to work with, but all durable materials by necessity take some extra effort to reshape into an artistic form. Cherrywood is a higher grade of wood, beautiful when properly shaped and prepared, yet also quite expensive. Most wood crafters use cherrywood for only their most important projects after they’ve gained some skill. Other woods, naturally, have their own quirks and advantages and disadvantages that a wood worker will have to research before buying even a single plank of wood.

The tools needed for wood working are in theory uncomplicated. It all starts with a plan, like our buddy from Teds Woodworking Plans has. We highly recommend his work! For specifics, the tools of the trade are few and can be many. Saws are important, as are hammers and nails. The matter of saws is, however, a far more complicated thing. Different saws are required for different levels of intense working. Even inside of muscle powered saws, there can be a great deal of difference between a hand saw and a jigsaw, with both doing different things. And when it comes to powered saws, the differences between devices and materials can be even more pronounced as a buzz saw is a different beast from a table saw.

Finally, even after the entire project has been assembled, there is the matter of staining and varnishing a wooden piece of art, be it aesthetic or practical. Staining and varnishing can be an intensely messy business and wood workers should prepare to get as stained as their pieces. One notable development of modern wood art is the process of “distressing” wooden pieces to make them appear older than they actually are.

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