Woodworking is a skill that has been valued since the beginning of time. Many woodworkers enjoy it from an artistic point of view while others enjoy creating larger, more functional items. But whatever it is that you enjoy about woodworking, here are some tips to help you enjoy it even more.
Safety must be a priority when doing woodworking. Wear safety equipment and always use tools the correct way. Avoid taking off the guards on power tools; they are meant to protect you. You do not want to start a woodworking project and end up in the hospital.
Try using duct tape to create a level spot. If you’ve used your table saw on a base that’s mobile, you should be able to easily pull it in and out. To really finish it up, find a level spot on your floor. This also helps you saw boards without obstruction. Mark your wheel positions using duct tape that is brightly colored, and then roll the saw to that same flat spot each time you need to saw.
Always use the safety equiptment that came with any of your woodworking tools. You may feel that a sheild is getting in your way when you are sawing, but its purpose is to protect you from serious injury. If you feel tempted just think of what it would be like to lose a finger or worse.
Test the color of a stain before doing the complete stain on more visible areas. Wood is never predictable, so a stain may not look the way you expect or need it to when applied to the wood you are using. When you test the stain in a spot that’s not easily visible, you prevent having a project turn out badly.
Glue can cause nasty stains on your finished work. You can eliminate stains easily using a piece of tape. First, clamp your wood together without any glue. Put a piece of tape over the joint. Cut the tape on the joint with a sharp knife. You can now clamp the wood together with glue and any excess will ooze onto the tape, not the wood.
Understand the characteristics of the woods you’re using. Every block of wood is unique. They all respond to staining in their own ways. Additionally, wood will splinter differently depending on the quality. Different grains will be found on each. All of these characteristics factor into your woodworking projects.
Do you lose drill press key chucks often? A good way to keep them within reach is to drill a hole somewhere on the drill press they fit. On top of the press is a good place, where you can see it. Drill a small hole the exact same size of the chuck’s crossbar and it will fit in perfectly.
When working with wood, consider the grade of wood you are using. Wood can be costly and it is not always necessary to use a high-cost wood. If budget is a concern, look at the durability and strength of different woods that may come in a little cheaper and still work for your project.
If dust and dirt get into the holes of a brad or nail gun while they are not in use, this can cause them to wear out more quickly. It is a good idea to plug the air inlet holes up with something to prevent anything from getting in there.
As you already know, woodworking can be a very useful and creative hobby. There is a lot of creativity and enjoyment that goes into creating items of wood. Hopefully the tips from above will enhance your woodworking efforts and inspire you to make even more works of art to enjoy.