In timber work which involves carpentry, joinery and cabinetry etc quite a number of hand tools are used for different purposes. It is very important to:
1. Select the proper tool for a given work
2. Use it correctly
3. Maintain the tool properly and
4. Store it safely after use.
Given below are the basic hand tools used in timber vocations, their use, maintenance and storage.
Sharpening - Tools should be properly maintained to get the best results. All cutting tools should be sharpened regularly to give a sharp cutting edge. Proper angle of the cutting edge must be maintained when sharpening.
Cleaning – After use tools should be cleaned and wiped. If not intended to be used for a long period of time, the tools should be oiled lightly to prevent rusting.
Storing – Tools when not in use should be stored properly. Tool safety and user safety must be considered when planning storage. One of the most appropriate methods of storing hand tools is to use a shadow board where each tool could be hanged securely and their shadow is painted on the rack/shelf which makes it easy to identify missing tools.