You don’t have to be a genius to work with wood. The fact is that all you need to be able to do is lift a hammer and measure accurately, along with having a good imagination. Of course, your skills need to improve, and the tips below will help you to do just that.
Never stain an entire piece of wood without testing a little part of it first. If you test the stain color first, you will not have any unpleasant surprises. Wood is unpredictable at times and you should do this test so that you aren’t disappointed by the results.
Make sure your work area is safe, well-lit and organized. Working with woods is difficult work, and it is dangerous work when your work area is dim and there are safety hazards in the area. Make sure there are no spills, tripping hazards and other safety hazards that are a disaster waiting to happen.
Visualize your woodworking project from start to finish before taking any tool to the wood. Let your brain and imagination help you get used to what you’re about to do. In fact, when you visualize, you’ll be much less likely to make costly mistakes during the middle of a project.
Always follow the owner’s manual when using one of your woodworking tools. Not knowing the manual’s recommendations can result in injury or failure of your tool, and you surely do not want either of these to happen to you. If you have not yet read your manuals do so right away!
It’s great to have a small ruler inside your pocket, but it might fall out if you have to bend. Make it a metal ruler and store it alongside your telescoping magnet. The magnet will keep them both firmly inside your pocket.
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.
When buying wood for your woodworking project, always buy long and not to the exact measurements. Some stores will sell you wood that is cut to length. Always measure long and trim down to the exact size you need in your shop. This way if you made a minor error in measurement, you will have a little bit of extra wood to cut off or utilize to make up for the difference.
If you are new to woodworking, stick with a cheap and effective tool bag. Many of the tools to start with are under a couple hundred dollars and very easy to find and use for basic projects. These tools include a benchtop tablesaw, a jigsaw or sabre saw, a circular saw, a random orbit sander, a corded or cordless drill, a fixed-base or plunge router, and a pipe and small bar clamps.
Are any of your friends, co-workers or family trying to sell their house? You can use improved woodworking skills for hobbies, additional income or even boosting resale value of a home. You can do a lot from just getting a new post for a mailbox, to doing their kitchen’s drawers.
Once you master the basics of woodworking, these tips can help you get to the next level of skill. That will open you up to new projects you never thought you would be able to accomplish. The more you practice, the better you will become, so continue to enjoy this hobby as often as possible.