As a builder, hand and power woodworking tools are essential parts of your
trade. To be a proficient woodworking craftsman, you must be able to use and
maintain a large variety of field and shop tools effectively. To perform your
work quickly, accurately, and safely, you must select and use the correct tool
for the job at hand. Without the proper tools and the knowledge to use them, you
waste time, reduce efficiency, and may injure yourself or others.
Power tools not only are
essential in performing specific jobs, but also play an important role in your
daily work activities. Keep in mind that you are responsible for knowing and
observing all safety precautions applicable to the tools and equipment you
This course describes several of the most common power tools that builders
use. Their uses, general characteristics, attachments, and safety
and operating features are outlined. To become skilled with these power tools
and hand tools, you must use them. You should also study the manufacturer’s
operator and maintenance guides for each tool you use for additional guidance.
We will also be covering materials and methods of woodworking.