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Welcome to Lumber Ace, your source for information on all things wood. We cover everything to do with lumber, from felling trees all the way through sanding and staining finished furniture. Whether you need to topple a tree, limb a log, or turn a table leg – we have you covered. Lumber Ace offers general information on a variety of tools that work with wood, to help you understand the advantages and limitations of each. We also provide detailed reviews and comparisons of different woodworking tools and equipment, so that you have the right information to make an informed purchase.
Mankind’s relationship with trees goes back further than we can remember. We’ve long utilized this renewable natural resource to build our homes, burn for fuel, construct boats for travel, and furniture to make life easier. Throughout history a good measure of our progress has been how quickly and effectively we can harvest and process trees.
The logging industry has come a long way since the days of the simple ax. While a good axe will never go out of style, chainsaws have proven themselves to be much more efficient tools at felling, limbing, pruning, and cutting up trees. Both electric chainsaws, battery powered chainsaws, and gasoline saws are available to consumers, along with a vast assortment of related equipment like electric chainsaw sharpeners keep them cutting fast. Safety gear including helmets, goggles, gloves, chainsaw chaps, hearing protection, and more allow modern day woodcutters to process logs quickly and safely.
Chainsaws are not the only power tools used to process trees. A good pole saw is very helpful in pruning, and many home owners use them to remove branches that are too high to reach with a chainsaw. Hedge trimmers are another option for keeping the landscape under control. And once those branches are on the ground a wood chipper can quickly turn them into useful mulch.
When it comes to processing firewood, few tools are as labor saving as a good log splitter. Swinging a splitting maul is fine if you only have a few pieces to process, but if you burn a significant amount of wood each year, a hydraulic or electric log splitter is a must-have item. A good splitter can easily process several cord of wood without destroying your back. Then all you need is a firewood rack to keep your wood stacked where it can dry.
Taking a piece of wood from tree to finished end product can be a long process. Sawing, planing, drilling, sanding, and staining can all be time and labor intensive processes. Thankfully, there are a number of tools and products designed to both speed and improve the quality of your work. Some of the power tools listed below will require an air compressor to run.
A good variety of saws are crucial for getting your lumber cut to the right sizes. Chop saws and table saws are tools you will use regularly on almost every carpentry project, while portable band saws, scroll saws, reciprocating saws, and jig saws may be utilized a little less frequently. Cordless circular saws and corded circular saws are very handy to have on almost any job site, and a compound mitre saw paired with a portable workbench or sawhorse can help you make angled cuts with ease. A cordless angle grinder is another type of saw that has uses in woodworking, although it is more commonly used with metal. Rotary tools and wood routers are less commonly used, but often find there place in fine woodworking. A cabinet saw is a specialty tool for creating cabinets that is similar to a table saw.
A drill press is great for making precise holes in the shop, while a cordless right-angle drill is something you will use on any construction project, from installing a barn door hardware kit or putting up a shelf. And if you are hanging most anything on your wall, a stud finder and laser level will make your life much easier.
Sometimes you need to take wood apart, or deconstruct things. An electric demolition hammer is a great tool from helping with this. Utility knives can also be helpful in cutting and unpacking things. Conversely, assembling wood will require a tool such as framing nailers, brad nailers, and finish nailers.
A wood lathe is a great tool for turning wood, and is perfect for making cylindrical items like table an and chair legs. Furniture components like these need to be sanded smooth, which calls for more tools like belt sanders, benchtop drum sanders, deck sanders, and random orbital sanders. For more advanced woodworking projects, a CNC router may even be needed.
Any carpenter knows that wood tools like benchtop jointers, thickness planers, and jointer planer combo machines create sawdust – lots of it. A good shop vac will save you time and help keep your work space clean. And using a dust collector in your shop will help keep down the sawdust in the air, and protect your lungs while you work. If you work outside, a cordless leaf blower is an indispensable tool for cleaning up. And of course, a gutter cleaning tool will ensure your shop doesn’t have any unwanted water damage during the rainy season.
There are many tools that are useful to have that are not carpentry specific. These include screwdriver sets, tap and die sets, laser measuring tools, moisture meters, and oscillating tools. Including these in your toolbox will broaden the amount of projects you can take on.