Most people don’t know much about the hobby of woodworking. They think it’s just a matter of cutting some wood, slapping it together and calling it a success. The fact is that there is more to it than that, and the tips below will guide you through the process.
Ask local hardware stores if they sponsor woodworking classes. You may be surprised by what you find! In fact, your local Home Depot or Lowes might have classes available monthly that’ll help you hone your skills. This is a quick way to grow as a woodworker with very little out of pocket costs.
If you have a high skill level when it comes to woodworking you may want to think about taking some time to share your knowledge with others. You can keep it simple by recording what you do step-by-step or you could take it to a higher level and teach a class.
When staining woods, always test in a hard to see area before moving forward. In fact, if you’ve got a piece of scrap wood, that’s even better. You never know how a type of wood will take to stain, so it’s best to find out in a place that won’t be an issue later on.
If you have any pockets on the shirt you are wearing, remove everything from them before you start working with a table saw. It is very common for objects like pens and rulers to fall from your pocket and get caught in the blade, which can lead to some pretty serious injuries.
Always keep your work area clean and safe, even when you are not actually there. Leaving out pieces of lumber with nails in them or even power tools that are easily activated in your yard can be dangerous. You never know when animals or even neighborhood children might come romping through and hurt themselves.
Do you want to tighten a screw but don’t have space to fit the screwdriver and your hand? Look to your toolbox. Get out your 12 point socket and a screwdriver. Fit the socket over the end of your screwdriver; then attach it to a ratchet.
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.
Learn about using pilot holes. This is pretty simple to do. When driving a screw or hammering a nail into a little piece of wood or getting pretty close to the edge of a piece, it tends to split. Sometimes it’s unavoidable to put a fixing into a place like this. However, drilling a hole through the joint that’s a bit smaller than the fixing can prevent it from splitting.
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.
You can make a sanding block even better. Cut a small slot about 3/8 of inch deep, a little less than an inch from the outside edge. Run it the entire length of the block. Now the sandpaper will fit into this slot easily, and it will stay in place more securely.
As you learn more about woodworking, you’ll find that things become easier. You’ll be able to plan out your projects better, complete them on time and have end results which are impressive. Use this new knowledge to make your hobby the best it has ever been, time and time again.