When you are looking for a new hobby, look no further than woodworking. This amazing pastime combines skill building with the creation of items you can actually use around your home. If you want a hobby that allows you to do something good, the tips below will help you join in.
Try using duct tape to create a level spot. If you’ve used your table saw on a base that’s mobile, you should be able to easily pull it in and out. To really finish it up, find a level spot on your floor. This also helps you saw boards without obstruction. Mark your wheel positions using duct tape that is brightly colored, and then roll the saw to that same flat spot each time you need to saw.
Take advantage of several tools instead of trying to do all of your work on just one. A jig, a tablesaw, a bandsaw and a lathe all have their own uses. It is important that you know what each of these tools do and you use them accordingly while getting the job done.
Always clean up sanding dust thoroughly before staining or applying a topcoat. If you want a smooth finish, dust is your enemy. Use a vacuum over blowing dust into the air because it settles back onto the wood, and use a damp cloth to ensure all dust is removed from the wood in your final cleanup prior to staining or applying a top coat.
When applying stain, work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. When you make sure your project is under the strongest light in your work area, you more easily spot drips, runs and any spots you missed. Ventilation is also important to protect your health, and even on small projects, strong fumes can affect you by making you feel sick or giving you a headache.
Make sure you buy the right tool for the job. When you are building a wooden deck onto your house, it would be difficult to do all the cutting with a hand saw. Instead, you should cut with a circular saw. A circular saw is electric; however, a hand saw is not.
Recycle wood when you can. You can also look for good wood to reuse from establishments that have a lot of scraps, like construction or flooring companies. You not just saving a lot of trees when you use recycled wood in your projects. You are also saving some cash.
Go to the art supply store and get a drafting square. Carpenter squares are a hassle, and drywall squares are notoriously inaccurate. When you need an exact square several feet in width and length, a drafting square is a surefire winner. Once you use it a few times, you’ll likely use it just as much as a tape measure.
You can make a customized color of stain, but make sure the stains you are using are from the same manufacturer. Be sure that you use either all water-based stain, or all oil-based. Never mix the two. Finally, be certain to write down the exact amounts you used of each, so that the color can be duplicated if desired.
When using a water based stain or finish to raw wood, it is a good idea to raise the grain first. Apply water to the surface just before the final sanding and wait until it dries. The wood fibers will stand and you can remove them with minimal sanding before applying the finish.
These ideas aren’t all new, yet they’re all worth reading. Those which are new to you will serve to better your techniques. Those which are old hat are reminders that you should continually pay attention to how you are working with wood. Together, they will build you into a master wood craftsman.