Hello again, and welcome in reading another one of my posts!!

So far schools schedule has been a little funky with all the snow days we have been having, so work in class has been slow. With the short class time we have been having lately we have been taking time to do some reasearch and extending our knowledge on different types of wood, the cost of wood, the sizes we are going to need,  ways to construct the shelf at the end of the trailer, stools, tables, and every constructible piece in the trailer that needs looking into.  We have also made agreements with the wonderful Pam Powel to go to her work shop at ACC to learn about power tools and useful tips on how to construct our furniture.

This project has inspired me to look into what really is the construction industry. Personally I am really a hands on person that is why I think this project is really real and educational for everyone but also not to mention it is also REALLY FUN. xD 😀

With this in mind I looked up a few facts on construction that might help you also decide whether this is something you would also like to do, I know it caught my attention.

The first thing that caught my attention was that I read that construction is one of the nation’s largest industries with 8.3 million workers. 8.3 Million!! Wow, I never knew that…  Also I read that if you are interested in construction students in state approved apprenticeship programs start out at 40% of the prevailing wage in their area.  This translates to about $12-15.00 per hour, plus benefits while they begin the program.  That rate goes up each year until they turn out as journeymen.  The average craft journeyman makes about $28.00 per hour in this state plus health and pension benefits.  Many trades pay in excess of $75.00 per hour with overtime. These people make good money, but then again the job they are doing is not as easy as counting to 3. Construction can be dangerous in many cases.

I am not really sure what I want to do when I grow up. This project is really opening my eyes to the types of careers there are, from designing, construction, to many other types of engineering, and also business. Not only does this project center in engineering but you will see that there are many components to it. Managing numbers, not going over budget, doing everything under a time crunch and things like that.

Going back to Pam Powels visits and our agreements, she is really excited to teach us how to use the power tools and teach us how it really is to get your hands dirty. I looked up a few tools that might be needed. 7 power tools that every woodworker must have…

The following woodworking tools are listed in order of importance.

1.Circular Saw

Can be used for carpentry and woodworking. There may be no more versatile basic handheld power tool than a circular saw. When used with a clamp-on straight-edge, the circular saw can be just about as accurate as a table saw and can handle quite a few of the tasks that one would attempt with a table saw, particularly cutting sheet goods such as plywood (which we are using) or medium-density fiberboard. When woodworking on a budget, a quality circular saw should be the first handheld power tool purchased, as it is the one that will likely be the most useful as you get started.

2.PowerDrill

The power drill is a basic power woodworking tool, a corded drill is more versatile and powerful. Sure, the cordless is, well, cordless, which makes it more portable, but corded drills are less expensive and can do more than a cordless drill. There are some options to consider when choosing a corded power drill, such as whether you want a 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch chuck, keyed or keyless chuck, straight drill or hammer drill, and so on. 

3. Jigsaw

The third tool for the beginner is the Jigsaw. A jigsaw allows the user to cut curved and circular patterns in stock. For the beginner, the jigsaw (sometimes also referred to as a Sabre Saw) can be perfectly effective.

4. Orbital Sander

The fourth most important basic handheld power tool every beginner should buy is a random orbital sander. While palm sanders are less expensive and can use plain sandpaper (cut into one-fourth sections), the random orbital version uses hook-and-loop fastened sanding disks, and doesn’t sand in patterns, using instead a random sanding motion. This motion will serve to reduce the chance that any sanding marks may appear on the stock due to the sanding.

5. Table Saw

Once you have the four aforementioned handheld power tools in your arsenal and you’ve had time to get comfortable with using them, its time to make your first (and likely most important) major tool purchase. The table saw is the heart and soul of every woodworking shop, the centerpiece around which all of the other tools are used and organized, so you’ll want to buy the best table saw that your budget can comfortably afford.

6. Compound Miter Saw

After you have chosen the perfect table saw, the next major purchase one should consider would be a compound miter saw. While not as expensive as a quality table saw, a compound miter saw is invaluable for cutting compound angles (beveled, mitered and combination cuts) on the ends of a piece of stock.

7. Router

The last tool recommended for every beginning woodworker is a quality router. While many routers available today offer two different bases (a stationary base and a plunge router base), for most beginners, a quality stationary base model will take care of quite a number of tasks, and can also be mounted in a router table should you choose to invest in (or even build one) one down the line.

Hmm, its always good to know what you will need in a woodworking project and since we are beginners I think this information was good to know. I wonder what tools Pam will teach us… Well that is enough of mind busting information for today. I hope you all have a good day and stay safe. 🙂

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