It is about time you took the bull by its horns and stopped , for good , relying on your neighbour’s tools or calling in a carpenter to fix minor jobs like that loose joint in your sofa set or to hang the new bathroom door. And the one legit way of doing that is by buying, over time, your own tools for the backyard workshop. The good news is that most of these tools are small ticket items at the hardware stores and also you will improve your social ties with your neighbours. To crown it all , all the money you would have shelled out to settle the carpenters bills can go towards what you have always wanted to have: a rainy day revolving fund for your family. Please stay tuned and read next, some interesting facts about eight tools that you must have by buying one at time.
- Block plane
It’s said that one can tell if you have the handy carpentry skills by how well you put to work the block plane. A block plane is primarily used to smooth and trim timber. To use it hold the work piece in one hand, the plane in the other hand, then plane horizontally or vertically. Before using the plane adjust the blade ,so as to avoid malfunction such as biting more that it can chew or the blade being too withdrawn into the frame that it fails to remove any shavings at all. In short adjust the blade to allow the plane bite thin shavings only from the work piece. The retail price of a block plane depend on the brands available and ranges between Kshs 2,000 and Kshs15,000/.
- Tape Measure
It’s used for marking, measuring and laying out, in carpentry, tailoring and stone work. Tape measures range in length from a few feet to hundreds of feet. A long tape is used to measure building sites. The Push-pull tape is spring loaded so that it recoils back into the metal or plastic case when not in use. The blades come in variety of widths. One good thing about wider tapes is that they can extend more without the help an assistants hand at the other end.
On the other hand Wind-up long tape is retracted in the casing manually using a handle. This Tape measures have metal or fabric blade inside steel or plastic casing and are used for longer dimensions measurement. To get one, it will cost you between Kshs 700 and Kshs 1,500.
- Try square
It good for marking off cuts and identify what is square that is right angle or a corner that is 90 degrees. In practical term it is used to determine the square-ness of a joint and as a hand-saw guide. Try square are cheap, going at between Kshs700 and Kshs 2,000.
- The plumb Bob
The plumb bob or line uses gravity to establish what is exactly vertical and therefore perpendicular to the horizontal line. Its consist of a weight and coarse string made of cotton or nylon threads. The bob is fixed at the end of the string ,have pointed tips and are made of brass steel or plastic. The string is fixed to area to be measured. The bob is then allowed to swing freely. The point of the bob is exactly below the point the string is fixed. Its useful to determine straightness of a wall , a door, when hanging it or lining up points during foundation excavation. This useful tool can be purchased at your local hardware store for between Kshs 800 and Ksh2, 500.
- Bevel Gauge
It related to a try square and consists of handle with an attached blade. It’s used to reproduce pieces of wood that are not square. To match an existing angle you set that gauge, then relocate the tool onto a piece from which you want the duplicate piece. Then mark the line and cut to match the angle precisely. It can be set from a protractor, square or an existing piece to be replicated. The Bevel gauge is good for restoration and odd angle cuts work. The asking price of the Bevel gauge is between Ksh300 and Kshs 1,500.
Best known for hitting the nails , which is why people say if the only weapon you have is hammer, then all your problems will begin to look like nails. We have different types of hammers namely Claw hammer, Ball peen hammer(image above) which used in metalwork and has a flat striking face on one end and rounded one on the other hand and Club hammer(a kind of small sledge hammer) have identical faces and is used to drive stakes and demolish masonry work. A claw hammer sell at between Ksh1, 200 and Kshs 2,000.
It tool with metal blade and is used to cut wood and stones. To work safely with a Chisel it’s recommended that you must keep the blade sharp. Hardware store sell this tool at between Kshs 1,000 and Kshs1, 500.
- Hand saw.
We have different types of hand saws for either cutting wood or metal. A hand saw usually has a handle with a blade that has several teeth’s on one side. Sawdust is a by-product of wood cut by a hand saw.The most common type of Saws are hand saw (for cutting wood-image above) and hacksaw (for cutting metal).To add a hand saw to your backyard workshop tools will cost you between Kshs 2,100 and Kshs 3,000.
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