Many people have dreams of being a carpenter. Creating your vision from a simple slab of wood is very attractive. However, few people bother to learn the skills necessary to realize this dream. You don’t have to be one of them. Keep reading to find out how you can acquire the woodworking skills of a carpenter.
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 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.
If you have been doing woodworking for some time now you may want to think about using your skills to make your own furniture. If you already have all that you need you could even do this as a service to those that are less fortunate than you. It is a great way to share your passion with others.
If you will be re-coating an existing finish, be sure that the surface is clean and free of any wax or oils. Then, let it dry completely, and lightly scuff the surface with a 220-grit sandpaper so that the finish you are applying will have something to hold onto.
Keep the floors safe in your woodworking shop. Dust builds up on the floor, making it dangerous for walking. Coat the slippery areas of your shop with a mixture of crushed walnut shells and paint. The walnut shells are just the right consistency to keep the floor rough enough for walking, even when sawdust builds up.
A stair gauge is a great tool to keep in your shop. These can help secure your carpenter’s square. By doing this, your carpenter’s square can turn into a circular saw guide. If you use the square as a guide, your cuts will be straight every time.
Before you cut into a piece of wood, you need to inspect it to make sure there are not any pieces of metal in the wood. Screws, nails, staples and other metallic object will not only damage your blades, but also pose a safety hazard. Always inspect the wood before you cut.
Use some affordable filters for collecting fine dust. The filters and micro-filtering bags made to catch this dust can get pricy after several replacements. Try using the ones that are sold for use in household vacuums.
You can buy the cheap ones and easily modify them to fit your shop vacuum. Cut off the top a bit past the small opening. Turn the whole thing inside out so that airflow still flows in the usual direction. Slip it over your foam filter using the retaining ring to keep it in place.
Always check blade conditions before you saw. A dull blade makes good cutting impossible. A dull blade will also cause you to make mistakes and harm the wood that you’re working with.
Now that you know a great deal more about woodworking, you should feel confident about your skills. You have what it takes to create a work of art from ordinary lumber. All you need now is the drive. Keep this advice in mind as you set out to realize your woodworking dream.