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.
Take care when using power tools. If you are new to woodworking, be very careful when you are operating power tools for the first time. Read the manual thoroughly, and if possible, have someone with experience demonstrate how to use it properly. This will ensure that you don’t have a nasty accident during your woodworking project.
When you are working on a project, be sure to face your light directly on your working area. The bright light will enable you to detect any drips or runs you may not see otherwise. Missed areas will also be more visible. Be sure to always work in a well-ventilated area as well.
Before you pull out the glue, make sure the pieces you want to glue fit together properly first. You could cause damage if you tinker with the fit after you’ve applied the glue. Dry fitting your pieces will show you how the components fit together.
If you are cutting, sanding, or finishing something small, get out your hot glue gun. Affix the item you are working on to the end of a pedestal stick. Hot glue holds better than a clamp, and small objects are impossible to clamp anyway. Just be careful when pulling the piece off to avoid tearing the back side of the wood.
Do you have a hard to reach screw that needs tightened, but there isn’t room for your hand and the screwdriver? The answer is waiting for you in your toolbox. Get your longest handle screwdriver, as well as a 12-point socket. Put the socket on your screwdriver and then attach your favorite ratchet.
Do you hate those bubbles that form when applying joint compound to your drywall? There is a simple trick that professional drywallers use to avoid this annoying problem. Add two or three drops of dish detergent to your joint compound and you will be rewarded with bubble free joint compound.
If you are planning on a woodworking project, it is important that you select the best wood for the project. Soft woods can scratch easily and shouldn’t be used for a table. Remember that different woods turn different colors when finished.
Keep your woodworking tools well sharpened. Dull tools produce messy work and can be hard to use. Not only that, but it can injure you if you have to use excessive force to cut. A sharp tool gives you a cleaner and more efficient cut. You can really notice the difference.
Always wear protective glasses when using any type of saw, and ear protectors as well when you use power equipment. Chips and sawdust can destroy your vision if even a small piece flies into your eye. Woodworking is a great hobby, but it is important to stay safe while you work.
Accuracy is the key in good woodworking techniques. Measure carefully, and double check your measurements often. It only take one miscalculation to result in a cutting error, which can end up in a ruined project. Taking the extra time to measure carefully will prevent some of these problems stemming from inaccurate measurements.
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.