If you've been a woodworking hobbyist for years, you may be ready to turn your talent and love into a full-time career. However, to earn a living at something that requires your hands-on attention during nearly all working hours, you'll need to make your carving and construction process as streamlined and efficient as possible, while also protecting your health and earning ability. What new (or upgraded) tools will you need to launch yourself into the professional realm? Read on to learn more about the best investments in your new career.
Upgrade your table saw
As the primary workhorse of any woodworker who dabbles in furniture or home decor, the table saw can make or break your business. Ensuring the accuracy of each cut will reduce the amount of waste you produce, as well as diminish your opportunity to make an expensive mistake. Having a larger saw capable of handling huge slabs will also allow you to take full advantage of any beautiful pieces of reclaimed wood you happen upon without fear of burning out your existing saw or damaging the surface of the slab.
Purchase a jointer
While the average hobbyist may not already have a jointer in his or her collection, this piece of sturdy equipment allows you to press together multiple surfaces to create a seamless board. If you've ever admired a multi-faceted cutting board made from dozens of different slivers of wood, it's likely you were viewing the work of a jointer. These pieces of jointed wood can be a great use for mixed scraps and often fetch a high price due to their unique and customized appearance, allowing you to create a separate line of "waste" product with a very high profit margin..
Shop for a planer
A heavy-duty planer will become one of your most-used tools once you begin purchasing lumber in bulk. By helping you turn rough-cut lumber into smooth, flawless boards with a minimum of effort, a planer will pay many dividends over time by allowing you to purchase cheaper rough-cut lumber rather than more expensive milled boards. You may even be able to directly make money with your planer by making and selling finished lumber. The planer is one piece of equipment that can last for decades when properly maintained, so you may want to shop the used market for a relatively inexpensive piece.
Buy a lathe
While rustic and hand-hewn furniture has a strong niche market in many areas, the big money is almost always in polished furniture, which generally requires the service of a lathe. This versatile tool will allow you to do everything from carve intricate patterns into table legs to create thin hardwood spindles and banister rails for a custom spiral staircase. If there's an untapped market for children's toys or sports equipment in your area, you should be able to use relatively small pieces of ash to create professional baseball bats with your company's logo.
Upgrade your sander collection
The difference between an amateur and professional piece of furniture is often in the finish. While each of the larger tools listed will help you achieve a more polished look to each of your custom creations, your collection of sanders will help add a final bit of flair. A high-quality portable belt sander may help you save time when every second counts -- you'll be able to immediately sand down any part of a half-finished or completed project without risk of marring a nearby surface. An orbital sander can help you breathe new life into rough, reclaimed, or otherwise damaged boards by stripping away grime and pollution to reveal the beautiful untouched hardwood beneath.
Air filtration equipment
Anyone who has ever used one of the previous pieces of equipment already knows how much dust, sawdust, and other airborne particles are generated by the construction process. If you're planning to dramatically increase the amount of time you spend behind a saw or planer, investing in an air filtration or dust collection setup will decrease your likelihood of developing respiratory issues due to chronic dust exposure. You'll also be free to apply polyurethane or another type of sealant to your completed products without fear of tiny particles marring the finish.
For more information, talk to a professional like those at Bourget Bros Building Materials.Share
9 October 2015
Welcome to my site, my name is Hugo Ciela. I'd like to talk to you about hand tools used by contractors of all kinds. Although air and power tools frequently make jobs easier, and sometimes even more enjoyable, hand tools have not lost their place in this industry. Many jobs cannot be completed without a hand tool or two due to their versatility and precision. Contractors of all types, ranging from roofers to foundation specialists, keep a plethora of hand tools in their worksite kit. I will discuss the types of hand tools you might see in those kits. I will also explore all of the different ways they can be used. Please stick around to learn more information about contractor's hand tools.