Best Type of Saw for a beginner

Beginner woodworkers often ask me – what’s the best type of saw to get started? The truth  is, that it depends. There are thousands of woodworkers around the world who approach their work differently, so there’s thousands of different opinions on which kind of saw is the best. Then there are marketers, who want you to believe that you have to have certain tool. That’s a bold lie, either. Woodworking tools are interchangeable and you can get by without having one of them, as long as you have others. I will express my opinion and try to defend it today, but by no means am i suggesting that it is universal truth. But enough about me, let’s dive in. So you have a project that you’d like to complete, let’s assume that it is simple piece of furniture. Depending on the budget, you have few different options.

If you have high budget, your obvious choice would be the table saw. It is more versatile and powerful than any other saws out there, and it’s just perfect all around. Probably every woodworker out there will agree that table saw is the most useful tool. But it is also expensive and pretty dangerous. Of course, there are few safety checks, but still a disadvantage. On the other hand, if you are on tight budget, there’s another reigning champion of tools – circular saw. They are much cheaper than table saws, and just as functional. Although, you may need more time to get the same project done, according to this one tutorial i read about choosing a mini circular saw. Circular saws are just as capable as table saws in terms of functionality, but there’s also learning curve. Some advanced tasks are just too difficult to complete on straightforward circular saw, so people choose table saws instead. But if your budget allows it, the combination of the two is definitely best option.

A lot of people, including self proclaimed gurus will say that circular saws can’t be used for doing the same jobs that table saws do, but i don’t think so. It’s just much harder and requires higher level of expertise, so if you’re just a beginner, your best bet is to get both, or give up on that complicated projects. If you’re beginner, you should start small and easy anyway.  If you insist on having perfectly precise cuts, and have never used circular saw before, definitely go for the table one. You can find used for around two hundred dollars, and that’s pretty good deal. I would be looking for good deals on craigslist. Plus, when you’re using circular saw, just expertise and experience won’t cut it. You’ll need few additional tools for it to be as effective as table saw. But for cheapskates like myself, i’d definitely recommend circular saw. It’s very functional for the price and you just can’t go wrong with nice worm drive saw.

Electric, hydraulic and manual log splitters – which one’s the best?

 

Humans have been splitting wood since the dawn of civilization. At first, using their hands, then using axe, and now we use more advanced tools like log splitters. But there are many varieties for log splitters. Manual log splitters are very basic and they’ve been used for a while now, and there are also battery and fuel-powered log splitters, which do all the work for you. If you’re splitting vast amounts of wood, doing it all by yourself using manual log splitter is very difficult task. Even more so if you’re doing it using splitting axe.That’s why companies came up with easier and more effective solution of using fuels instead of raw manpower. There’s also concern of safety. Unless you’ve had years of experience splitting wood with maul or axe, you’re in constant danger of hurting yourself. Accidents happen all the time. This is why, some people, even those who might not have tons of woods to split, opt for log splitters instead. Even manual log splitters, which aren’t as effective as powered ones, according to this TheSawExpert tutorial, are much safer than using an axe. And they don’t even cost that much more! So that’s why i think that using axe to split the wood is too old fashioned. There’s no need to take that kind of risk when you have safer alternative. They also cut the workload in half. So if you usually spend one hour on splitting wood with an axe, expect to save thirty minutes per session. I can’t speak for everyone, but to me, saving time is just as important as saving money. So i definitely see value in investing in good manual log splitter.There are horizontal and vertical manual log splitters out there, and there’s little difference between them, so the choice is totally up to you. Get whichever will make your job easier. But manual log splitters run into problems when volume of the wood is too high. Then splitting gets frustrating and it’s just not worth the effort.

 Here’s where hydraulic log splitters come into play. They come in lots of different sizes and shapes, but in this post, i want to focus on electric ones. Because those are the ones that i have experience with.  Although i should mention that they’re not superior to every other log splitter out there. Each kind of hydraulic splitters have their own advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, electric splitters are one of the most expensive kind on the market, but you get what you pay for. Cost varies from two hundred dollars to upwards, and the difference between expensive and more affordable models is basically capacity and quality. Best electric log splitters are able to split logs of all diameters, while cheaper ones are restricted to being able to split smaller logs.

 To sum this up, if you’re occasional user, go for manual log splitters. If splitting wood is your daily task, look into investing in good electric log splitter. It may be worth it.

How to use power tools without getting yourself hurt

I’ve done many dangerous things, but whenever i’m about to use a power tool, i’m still afraid. It’s rational fear, because tools can cause humans a lot of harm. You might watch someone use a tool and think that you have it all figured out, but that couldn’t be further from truth. You have to make sure to pay attention to safety requirements. In woodworking, ignoring safety measurements is a gamble that isn’t worth taking, ever.

Most power tools involve a blade, or some other kind of quickly moving weaponry, which means that one misstep could be catastrophic. Therefore, the importance of using safety gear can’t be stressed enough. Whenever you’re using a tool, even if you’ve been doing it for years, it’s always recommended to use some kind of protection. Obviously, most frequently damaged parts of your body are hands, but there’ve been accidents which have damaged remote parts of body like feet or head.

Of course, there are tons of different types of power tools out there, some of which being more dangerous, others not so much. But if you’re working with any kind of sharp tool, you need to be careful regardless of anything else. – which means there are a lot of different ways you can hurt yourself. I wanted to also recommend protections for each part of your body real quick. To find out more about circular saws, check TheSawExpert blog.

Obvious protection for your hands are gloves. Whether you’re professional, working on projects full time, or just an amateur, you can never go wrong with good protection gloves. Most important feature that protective glove must have, is being cut resistant. Gloves are supposed to protect you and not allow saw blades to reach your hands. So it’s super important to picky about these, and pick only the best one. Even if it costs a little more than average. Material used for making good gloves is usually leather or other tough kind of material. It’s also a nice bonus if your gloves are warm. Sometimes you’ll have to work outside, and it’s probably obvious what you’ll need warm gloves for.

Head is also vulnerable and important part of your body to protect. Damage to your head could be lethal, so  you don’t want to take any chances on that. Most effective and simple method to protect yourself from head injuries, is wearing hard hat. Construction workers use it, and it works. You should also take care of your ears. Some power tools are extremely loud and it will eventually take toll on your hearing. So you should get earmuffs or soundproof headphones as soon as you can. It’s also very important to protect your eyes. You should be wearing some kind of goggles at all times in order to prevent anything from entering your eyes.

 There are also many safety jackets, knee pads and other protective clothing for your whole body. I’ve never had chance to try them on yet, so i’ll leave it up to you to find out more about them.

How to stop yourself from making impulsive purchases

The main thing you can do to avoid impulse purchases would be this: Decide what you want to purchase BEFORE you hit the stores and see what’s available. People that are very prone to shop on impulse do the precise contrary: They go searching for the interest of it, then they see stuff that appears pretty or intriguing and only then they believe if it might be beneficial for them in some manner. Obviously, if their brain has already made the connection between new stuff and positive emotions, then they will always end up convincing themselves that it is really a good idea to purchase that purple statement blouse, multi-function blender or house decoration piece. Once the link is created, it requires a whole lot of discipline to never give into your mind’s smart scheming!

Your very best way to combat this: Maintain your brain from getting connected to things that you do not need at the first area, by maintaining random surfing to a minimum and writing a clear shopping list. The next time prior to going shopping, take a couple of moments to truly think of what items you need and which qualities those bits should have. Define as far as possible and write everything down. For example, if you truly feel as if you want some new clothes for the winter, instead of going directly to a favourite online store, search through your closet first and find out which exact pieces you want and what standards they should fulfil. With your own shopping list in hand you can then simply scan everything that’s available at a shop for items that match your standards. Because your brain has a clear goal in mind you will be much less likely to get distracted by other things and for that reason also less inclined to purchase anything on impulse.

In our culture buying a great deal of new things every year has come to be the standard. We’re so utilised to purchasing new clothes, gadgets and knick knacks all of the time, that buying less, fixing what you’ve instead of replacing it, and putting effort and time into selecting new purchases all seem like foreign concepts. An effective way to reset exactly what you consider regular and put on a new perspective is happening a temporary shopping quickly. Don’t buy anything for one whole week and see how you’re feeling. Or: Do not buy anything new for three weeks except for meals and essentials like shampoo and toilet paper. Alternatively, you may also limit your shopping fast to only one specific group of things you are having have trouble with, your clothing or beauty products such as. Throughout your quick, keep a little diary in your thoughts and feelings, which means that you may later go back to identify your own personal triggers/motivations for wanting to go store and find effective replacement actions.

A fairly easy way to prevent spur-of-the-moment buys is to simply place a while between the urge and the purchase. If you find something which you enjoy but hadn’t planned on buying, put it on hold for a day. Should you still love the item the next day, then having had a opportunity to really think it through, get it. For shopping on the internet: Add the item to a wish list or just save the link.

If we are about to buy something on impulse, we are usually only focussing on superficial elements. We adore the yellow colour of the sweater and ignore the fact that we don’t have a single piece that would go with it. We believe that new field of workout clothes is indeed innovative and pretty, but discount that we have not made it to the fitness center in four months. In summary: We aren’t thinking things through correctly because our attention isn’t too narrow. The 1 thing that has helped me in this area was creating a clear 5-question process to make sure I have really considered a bit from all angles before I purchase it. If I could answer all five questions with a yes, the bit get’s a thumbs up and I buy it. If I can’t, I set it backagain. The key is to have your questions ready in advance, so when you’re in the impulse-danger zone, it is possible to simply go through them without too much work. The questions take some of the emotions from the decision making and make everything a bit more objective. All these are my five concerns for potential new wardrobe items, but that I also use this technique (with marginally tweaked queries) for things like buying homemade, beauty goods, books and electronics.