If you’re looking for an art that is truly enjoyable and very relaxing, then you have found it with woodworking. So where do you begin? Well, this article is here to help you find out what you can do to get started with woodworking. There is a lot to learn, but the great thing about woodworking is you only need to know a few things to get started. The rest you can learn along the way.
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.
Refrain from putting your fingers near your cut. Rather, make use of a longer, thinner piece of wood that can push it along the saw’s surface. This will ensure safety while you perform dangerous tasks.
If you enjoy doing woodworking as a hobby, try to use all the materials that you buy and throw away as little as possible. Scrap pieces of plywood or hard wood can be used as sanding blocks for future projects. You can also use scrap wood for wooden dowels in furniture making.
Always remember the rule of measuring twice and cutting once. You are human, which means that mistakes are inevitable. However, you can prevent measurement mistakes from turning into cutting mistakes when you measure two or three times. That is going to spare you serious waste, not just in terms of wasted wood, but also money and time.
Make sure you buy the right tool for the job. When you are building a wooden deck onto your house, it would be difficult to do all the cutting with a hand saw. Instead, you should cut with a circular saw. A circular saw is electric; however, a hand saw is not.
Only cut using sharp tools. Older and dull tools result in tear-outs and even chipping, which is frustrating and a waste of time. Sharp tools means you get clean cuts quickly. You’ll also spend a lot less time sanding things to get just the right look and fit that you need.
Learn from woodworking experts. In fact, you could even search out a mentor that you can shadow to learn best woodworking practices. Seeing these skills in motion are some of the best ways to pick up and really own different woodworking techniques. And you may even make a long term friend in the process.
Choose the right wood for the job. Soft woods should be avoided for table top use as it will scratch very easily. Each wood will have its own color when finished, too.
When wiping excess stain off wood, wipe in the direction of the grain. Otherwise, the stain will just lay on top. Not only does this ensure that the stain is getting all the way into the grain, it will show off the grain of the wood to its best advantage.
Quickly get rid of burn marks caused by the router. Certain woods burn easily when routered and it can be very time-consuming trying to sand the marks away. If the router template is complex, it may be nearly impossible. Try just routering down further just a small amount using the same bit. About 1/32nd of an inch should take the burn marks off.
It is time to put what you have read to the test. Use this advice so that you can get yourself going with the art of woodworking. As you continue along, understand that practice will see you getting better. Just enjoy yourself, and think about all the wonderful things you can make.