Woodworking is a hobby enjoyed by people all over the world. It involves building something out of wood such as a piece of furniture. It is a form of carpentry. It is a construction process that requires the use of woodworking tools. These tools have evolved over time and are often powered by batteries or by electricity from a power outlet. These are referred to as power tools. These include routers, table saws and drills.
Originally tools used in the construction of various woodworking projects were power powered by manual labour. The use of electric motors, gas-powered engines and air compressors with these tools has eliminated much of the manual labour that otherwise be required. Thus a power tool is a tool that uses a non manual power source to provide the power needed to do the job intended.
A table saw is a power tool that uses a circular saw blade. The power source is usually provided by an electric motor. The circular saw blade is mounted in a metal table top and is perpendicular to the plane of the table surface. How far the circular saw blade sticks out from the metal table top can be adjusted and this determines the depth of the cut.
There are many types of table saws used in various woodworking situations. It is important to read the operating manual before using such a device, especially if you are new to its operation. A table saw can cause serious injury if not used properly.
A drill is a tool which uses a drill bit to create holes in various materials such as wood. The hole is then used to insert a fastener such as a screw or bolt to keep two pieces of material together. Today most drills are powered by an electric motor. The electric motor can be powered by a battery or from a power outlet. Using a battery to power the electric motor makes the drill portable.
This type of drill is often called a cordless drill. The batteries used by the cordless drill are rechargeable. These batteries are high quality and can be nickel-cadmium or lithium-ion. Lithium-ion batteries are more expensive, but take less time to charge, last longer between charges and generally weigh less.
A router is another commonly used woodworking tool. It is used to carve out the surface of material such as wood, creating patterns or grooves. It does what would take hours to do by hand in minutes.
There many other types of tools used in woodworking. Understanding how to use these various tools will help advance your woodworking expertise. Proper use of these tools is very important especially when safety is to be considered. Whether you are woodworking for a hobby or for a source of income, take the time to read the owners manual before using a power tool, especially if you are unfamiliar with it.