Either you want to make things for sale or you just want to work with wood for the entertainment value. Your reasons do not matter. Woodworking is not terribly difficult, but it does take some know-how. The article below is a compilation of expert information and tips that you can put into practice immediately.
Use stop blocks to your advantage for more accurate work. When cutting a lot of pieces the same size, no matter how carefully you measure, you often find small variations. Use a pre-cut stop block to make those measurements pinpoint accurate. Then the table saw will stop at just the right length length.
When you are making a budget, remember to itemize every new tool that you plan to get. A lot of woodworkers forget about the cost of new tools and focus on the cost of the piece of wood they want to work on. Everything you need should go on your list, so that your budget is truly representative of your costs.
Before using any new tool, do your research on it in full. New tools can mean serious injuries for those that use them incorrectly. Even if you’re pretty sure of how to use it, don’t risk it. Study up via the web and books related to the tool in question.
Always put your safety first when it comes to using tools, stains and paints. The more variety you use, the more specifics there are about applications, tool use, times for drying, and more. Put your safety first by reading the instructions, wearing any necessary protective gear, and working in areas with good ventilation whenever using oil-based products or anything that produces air pollutants.
Dust can ruin the finish of any woodworking project. Keep dust away from your projects and workbench by vacuuming it up. If you blow or brush it away, it will just land somewhere else, likely back on your project. Also, use a damp cloth to wipe all surfaces before you begin top-coating, or staining.
Never skip sanding when it is necessary or think that staining hides imperfections in the wood. Wood with scratches, dents and nicks absorbs much more finish or stain than wood that is smooth. When you skip sanding or do not do a thorough job of it, the imperfections stand out even more because of the increased absorption.
Make sure your workbench is the proper height. It really can make a big difference. It needs to fit you and how you work. Usually if you are around 5’6″ to 5’9″ you probably need one that is between 33″ and 36″ high. If you are 5’10” or taller, you may need one that is between 35″ and 37″ high. Use your bench at its current height to determine if you need to change it to work better for you.
If you are working with wood, it can be very dangerous to have a messy workshop. Do everything you can to keep your work area clean and well-maintained. Every time you are done with a specific tool, out it away before you get another. It may seem like this is time consuming, but you won’t have any reason to clean up later.
If you are making something from a set of plans, read through the plans before you begin. You need to make sure that you understand every step so there will be no surprises. Knowing what step comes next can help you plan out the current step. This will help you be more prepared in your projects.
Always wear proper eye protection before using any power tools. Wood chips can fly and stab you in the eye resulting in a trip to the emergency room. To protect yourself wear safety glasses that have side shield to help protect your eyes from flying debris produced from using power tools.
If you don’t want glue to stain the piece of wood you’re working on, it’s a good idea to use tape first. Clamp together the two pieces you want to glue, and then put tape on the joints. Then use a sharp knife to cut the piecs apart. That way, when you glue together your wood, excess glue will get on tape and not the wood.
Now that you now more about woodworking, you are ready to get started. Use what you’ve just learned, and you will do quite well. Enjoy the process as you improve your skills and make wonderful creations. You are about to find out just how much of a joy woodworking really is!