Measuring tape-There is an old saying, “Measure twice-cut once”. Enough said.
Too often we approach our craft as if it were a collection of recipes. Take two boards, chop them up on a table saw, add a dash of glue and — presto! — a birdhouse. Or a Chippendale highboy, depending on how many boards and how finely you chop. But woodworking is more than knowing how to use a tool or follow a plan. It’s the accumulated insights and inspirations of 5,000 years of craftsmanship. And at the heart of this craft is a surprising material that has yet to reveal all of its mysteries.
Plywood can be purchased at various thicknesses and is a great starting material for novice woodworkers. Measuring and cutting is very easy. In fact, many of the home improvement stores will cut the plywood for you. You can use pieces of plywood to make model houses, simple trinket boxes, birdhouses, photo frames, mirror frames, and much more. You can also cut plywood into simple shapes and paint it as Christmas ornaments, door hangers, house address numbers, decorative sayings for the kitchen or home and more.
5. Shelf railings. Shelves are a necessary part of life. Some of these shelves hold precious ornaments and heirlooms. Many times these shelves have railings on them. For those who are constructing their own shelves, the wood dowel can be used to make for an interesting and unique railing on the shelf.
Also with children, there’s nothing like watching your little one’s face light up as you hand them a special stuffed toy, blanket, cushion etc when they know that you have specially made it for them. It could be for your children, nieces, nephews or friend’s children etc. Even big kids still love that special something whether they admit it or not haha! Especially as families grow over the years special times like Christmas can go from being a happy occasion to a bit of a nightmare with the daunting thought of how many presents you need to buy. Handmade gifts come from your heart and even something that only cost a few dollars to make can be treasured like it was priceless.
o Plain-sawn boards are cut tangent to the annual rings. The sawyer “cuts around” the log, turning it for each series of cuts so the faces of the boards will show mostly flat grain (also called tangential or plain grain).
o Wood has grain.
Wood moves as its moisture content changes. After the tree is felled and the sap has evaporated, the wood fibers continue to absorb and release water like a blotter. How much water they hold depends on the relative humidity of the surrounding environment. The more humid it is, the more moisture the fibers soak up. This moisture content is the ratio of water to wood. In extremely humid conditions, as much as 28 percent of the total weight of a board may be water — 28 parts water, 72 parts wood. The rule of thumb is that the moisture content of wood changes 1 percent for every 4 to 5 percent change in the relative humidity.
Besides making a little money with your craft, how do you save money when you want to make things either to sell or for your own pleasure? I’m not trying to take anything away from some of the better known craft suppliers and brands as they do offer some beautiful and good quality products but sometimes, especially when you’re on a tight budget or just want to try it to see if it’s your kind of thing to do then there are many alternatives.
The internet is the biggest craft resource to date. What you can search for is practically endless and you can often get free craft patterns, projects and ideas to try. Craft videos online are also brilliant for teaching you tips and techniques to doing something. I learnt a few embroidery stitches, how to make spectacular looking handmade cards, how to make homemade soap and all sorts of other craft ideas just by finding “how to” videos on a particular subject. So the next time you go to throw something out, such as paper, card board, bottle tops, old bits of wood, loose nails, nuts and bolts, wire, newspapers, bits of material, old tools etc etc etc, think about what you could create with them and/or your children. Just to do as a hobby or to make profit with.