Sadly, there just isn’t a lot of advice out there when it comes to working with wood. You may dream of crafting a beautiful chair or table, but how do you begin. This article was written with you in mind, offering tips and tricks you just won’t find elsewhere, so read on.
Plan out your project and go over it a few times before you start. This will help prevent you from making mistakes that will ruin your project. You do not want to start it all over again, so plan it out well before you cut, screw or nail anything together.
You can prevent glue stains by placing masking tape along the joints of wood being adhered. First, tape the wood together along the joint, then use an Exacto knife to cut through the tape at the joint line. Following this, glue the pieces of wood together and clamp them. Just before the glue has dried completely, you can peel the tape off.
Make accurate lines and measurements by using a drafting square instead of a drywall square, yardstick or ruler. Drafting squares are smaller and easier to manage and are much more accurate than any of these tools. This is a handy tool to keep at your side because it is smaller. Additionally, drafting squares are very affordable, selling for about five bucks at any art supply store.
If you have young children around, make sure that they know the ground rules about your woodworking area. They should never be in your work area without close supervision. Also, they should never sneak up on you from behind. When you are startled, you may injure yourself with a tool.
Fumes from oil-based stains can be harmful to animals, as well as humans. To avoid fumes, try using a water-based stain. Water-based stain comes in a wide variety of colors, even more than their oil-based counterparts. And the application process is the same whether you are using oil, or water-based stain.
You know you should wear safety glasses in the shop. Often, though, they are out of reach and you are tempted to quickly complete a task without using them. Stay safe and buy a lot of safety glasses. They are relatively inexpensive and you can place them all over the shop, always within quick reach.
Take a class for wood working at your local community college or community center. You are sure to learn a lot from the class even if you have been working with wood for a while. It is also a great way to meet people with similar interests. You might make a few new friends, as well.
Wet surfaces before you sand them. This will raise the grain. Therefore, this will get rid of any scratches that may be on the surface. This makes your final product look better. Wetting the wood before sanding is a time tested way to get the best results.
For smaller cuts, use drafting squares. If you have to cut wood at about 2 to 3 feet, it’s hard to measure it right. Carpenter squares are cumbersome and drywall squares are inaccurate. Rather, buy a drafting square from an art supply outlet. These are simpler to use and provide the necessary accuracy.
With all of this advice fresh in your mind, the time is now to tackle the world of working with wood. Any project you have dreamed of creating is now within your reach. Take your time as you review each tip and start to use it as you build your first project and the results will be astounding.