Woodworking beautifully dovetails high-tech with high touch. Precision woodworking machinery guided by an artisan’s touch produces cabinetry, furnishings and homes people enjoy living with and living in for decades after the product is fashioned. Those products aren’t the only things that can be beautiful: procure high-end or niche woodworking tools for sale in your business, and apply the tools themselves as part of your marketing mix.
Although the woodworking industry feels squeezed by the housing crisis and its associated credit crunch on one end and pressure from foreign competition importing woodworking tools and machinery at the other, wood working businesses can still find space to carve out a niche with the right equipment. Manufactures and distributors market a boggling array of tools for you to pick out, following the adage “the right tool for every job.” Three categories of tools for woodworking to consider include:
1. Woodworking hand tools for project versatility;
2. Woodworking bench equipment for bigger projects; and
3. Custom woodworking tools to maintain or upgrade the bench equipment.
Come to grips with electric and muscle powered woodworking hand toolsHand tools provide versatility and mobility in your work, from rough carpentry to fine cabinet making. Keep on hand both powered and manual tools, as work fluctuates between big jobs such as roughing in framing and finesse work, like fine joinery or marquetry on a side table.
Invest in quality woodworking equipmentStationary woodworking machines define your work space. The kinds of saws, jointers, planes and sanders you operate to shape raw stock into finished pieces affect the very work you produce. Search out machines with a track record for reliability, backed by companies with a good customer service record, so you can concentrate on producing quality work from your shop.
Stock up on woodworking suppliesExploit the diversity of supplies available for woodworking power tools. Router bits in particular can extend the range of possibilities for your router table. Don't skimp on blades and cutters, either. Sharp blades produce a cleaner edge and smoother surface and don't gum up or bind, saving you time, frustration and even the finish on your wood work.
- Don't skimp on safety equipment when woodworking: avail yourself of gloves, goggles and muffs to protect feeling, seeing and hearing.