Are you able to work with your hands? Do you find measuring to exact dimensions is simple for you? Would you love to be able to create useful products in your spare time? If so, the hobby of woodworking is truly for you. In fact, you might even be able to turn it into a career with the tips below.
Before using any new tool, do your research on it in full. New tools can mean serious injuries for those that use them incorrectly. Even if you’re pretty sure of how to use it, don’t risk it. Study up via the web and books related to the tool in question.
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 you are tackling the sanding portion of your woodworking project be sure that you are using the best type of sandpaper. There are many different types available, and using the wrong type can lead to your project being ruined. If you are not sure you are using the right type you can find the correct information online with the click of a few buttons.
Before even beginning a woodworking project, make sure you have an adequate and proper place to work in. You definitely don’t want your living space filled with sawdust. Some woodworking supplies, such as stains, varnish and paint strippers, have noxious fumes. Ideally, you will have a detached garage or a shed to work in since an outside space is an ideal location.
It is possible to put a water-based finish on top of an oil-based stain. However, you must wait a full twenty-four hours for the mineral spirits to fully evaporate from the oil-based stain. If the weather is wet or cold, it is better to wait another twenty-four hours before applying the finish.
Every good woodworking shop needs a quality combination square. It is needed for almost every job you’ll tackle. It makes a good depth gauge, using the straight side. It is, of course, perfect for miter cuts. Most have a level built right in. A good combination square is a must-have tool, right up there with a hammer and drill.
Try to reuse your sanding blocks. Sanding blocks help save your hands from too much wear and tear, and they also let you do your job better. Still, you don’t have to purchase something from the store. Scrap plywood can be turned into a fine holder. For each sandpaper grit, spray the piece of wood with adhesive and stick your sandpaper on it.
Use tape to catch excess glue. Glue seeping out of joints can stain some wood, but this can be avoided using regular masking tape. First clamp your boards together without the glue, and tape across the join. Using a sharp blade, cut the tape along the join. When you glue the pieces, the excess glue will seep onto the taped edges of the board, where it can be easily peeled off.
Make sure that your work space is always very brightly lit. It is very dangerous to use machinery in an area that is not optimally lit. If you do not have the fixtures needed you should invest in high quality lamps so that you are not at risk for injury from not being able to see well.
Regardless of your current skill level, the tips above should help you improve your technique. Take each into your mind as you use them when you work. If you can integrate them into your current procedures, you’ll find that the time you spend working with wood will improve day by day.