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.
Try making reusable sanding blocks by yourself. Cut six blocks from any 3/4″ plywood you have, for each sandpaper grit you regularly use. Your blocks should be 2.5 x 4.75. Spray your adhesive on the cork tile and the block of wood. Stick a block on your cork, then make certain you cut the cork flush with a utility knife. Get a sandpaper sheet, spray it with adhesive, and then apply it to each of your cork blocks; they need to be face down. At the end, trim the sandpaper and label each block.
Even if you have been doing woodworking for some time you may want to consider taking a class. There are different levels of classes available, so you should be able to find one that teaches you something and is challenging. There is never too much that you can know about woodworking.
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.
When staining woods, always test in a hard to see area before moving forward. In fact, if you’ve got a piece of scrap wood, that’s even better. You never know how a type of wood will take to stain, so it’s best to find out in a place that won’t be an issue later on.
Woodworking can be expensive. It is a good idea to go over your plans before you start and make sure that the project fits within your budget. Price out all materials by making a list of the required supplies and then go to the local hardware store to figure out the total cost.
Enjoying a few drinks and creating something beautiful out of wood may be a great way to spend time away from work. However, it is actually very dangerous. Avoid drinking alcohol while working around power tools. The same goes with using prescription or illegal drugs.
You can make a sanding block even better. Cut a small slot about 3/8 of inch deep, a little less than an inch from the outside edge. Run it the entire length of the block. Now the sandpaper will fit into this slot easily, and it will stay in place more securely.
If you have friends or family that are selling their home, then you can do odd jobs to spruce it up to help it sell faster. Skills in woodworking may come in handy to earn some extra money by increasing the value of a home. It is possible to build new mailbox posts, refurbish cabinetry and perform all sorts of useful projects around the home.
Attached a small magnet to the bottom of your hammer’s handle to hold several nails when working above your head or on a ladder. This simple technique allows you to keep your nails handy and avoid climbing up and down the ladder when you are working above your head.
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.