Tools For Building a Bookcase Tools For Building a Bookcase This article will tell you about some common tools used to create a bookcase once you’ve found your bookcase plans. Most bookcase plans require you to use three main tools, these include the power drill, the power saw and the router. These three tools are easily available and can be relatively inexpensive. They are simple to use and are very flexible. Power drill – you’ll need to organize your drill and ensure the cord is long enough and your environment is safe to work in. Select the correct drill bit for the job – this means both the size and type of drill bit (e.g. for wood or masonry and so forth). Insert your drill bit and tighten to make sure it’s held firmly. Plug the drill in and line up with your wood. You should think about using a pilot hole if you are using a hardwood. Make sure your drill is set to rotate clockwise and hold down the trigger to get the drill going. Direct the drill into your wood whilst you apply steady pressure to complete your hole. Power Saw – set up your circular saw and make sure you have the right blade, that it’s inserted correctly and that it’s nice and sharp! Set the depth of the blade to approximately 1/4 inch more than the thickness of your wood to minimize the chances of kickback. Make sure your wood is supported on both sides using clamps if required. Inspect your work first for any knots or nails – try to stay away from these if possible. Start your saw before you touch the wood. Safety is the most important consideration of course, so keep to the side when you’re cutting in case you get some kickback and make sure you don’t have to reach and can cut with both of your feet on the ground. Guide the saw throughout the cut and then let go of the trigger when your cut is completed. Wait until your blade has stopped before you take it out of your wood. Router – A power router is a great tool and can really add a professional touch to your projects but it is one tool that I really recommend you have a practice with first, to get to know how to use it and to try out different finishes. Choose your router bit and secure it in the router. Make sure your wood is held firmly in place and use wood of the same thickness at either end of your work to make the start and exit points of your work look smooth and to stop your router from being unstable. Set up the depth according to your requirements and use a guard where possible to make the feed of the router smooth and consistent. Put the router on your ‘lead in’ piece of wood and start it up, then lower the router and guide it along the wood. Don’t route greater than than 3mm depth in one pass, it’s much better to make a series of shallow passes as deep passes can burn the wood and damage your router bit. Guide the router to the end of your wood, raise the router and remove your finger from the trigger. Remember that safety should always be the top consideration when using tools, so remember to wear the appropriate gear when using these tools. Of course there are other tools that you’ll come across in your bookcase plans, but learn to use these tools and you’ll be in good stead to implement your plans and to move forward with learning your woodworking project skills!
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