Finding your place in woodworking is such a great feeling. It is quite fun and rewarding, but maybe you need some tips to set you on the right path to better projects. Keep reading to learn more about this fantastic pasttime, so you are ready to have more fun with this hobby.
When creating crosscut guides, use a stair gauge. Attach them to a carpenter’s square, and use them to ensure that they match the rise and run of your stair jack. Mark each notch. If you place the on the tongue that’s on your carpenter’s square, this means that together you can use this as a good crosscut guide for the circular saw.
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.
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.
Do you lose drill press key chucks often? A good way to keep them within reach is to drill a hole somewhere on the drill press they fit. On top of the press is a good place, where you can see it. Drill a small hole the exact same size of the chuck’s crossbar and it will fit in perfectly.
If you have any pockets on the shirt you are wearing, remove everything from them before you start working with a table saw. It is very common for objects like pens and rulers to fall from your pocket and get caught in the blade, which can lead to some pretty serious injuries.
If you’re looking for that first woodworking project, how about starting with a simple box? In fact, that’s probably the most popular first woodworking project out there. Buy some cheap wood that you like, and design a box that could work around your home. Maybe it’s for writing utensils, or perhaps it’s for the kitchen? There are a lot of options.
If you mark your intended cuts with pencil lines, try not to actually cut them! You might be lined up at first, but it is possible to get a little off later in the cut, resulting in pieces that fit less that perfectly. It’s better to cut the edge of the pencil line and then sand the rest of the marking off.
Always remember to stay in contact with people. The workshop likely limits your contact with the outside world. You may find yourself confused or at a loss on a given project. Consult with fellow woodworkers to get new ideas and useful support. You will probably never have a problem somebody else hasn’t already had.
Wood is an expensive material to work with. It becomes really expensive when you are working on larger projects. Save some money by using cheaper and less attractive woods for areas of the project that are not on display. Save the high quality wood for the structure, tops and front of the project.
Realize that you don’t have to create a perfect piece every time. As a creative pursuit, it is expected they will be unique. Your skills will improve as you work on more projects and use the tips that were listed above.