Have you admired a beautiful piece of furniture and dreamed of creating such an item yourself? Do you have a need for a new shelf and want to build it on your own? Regardless of why you want to get involved in woodworking, the advice below will help you get your start.
Reusable sanding blocks save you time and money. To make them all you need is a few pieces of scrap lumber. Cut a piece of 2×4 into a rectangle approximately 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. Cut a piece of sandpaper the size of your block. Then, spray one side of the piece of lumber with spray adhesive and adhere the sandpaper to the block of wood.
Anytime that you are planning to stain wood, you should be sure to use a high-quality wood conditioner beforehand. If you use a pre-stain conditioner, you will be less likely to notice any blotches or irregularities in your finished project. Conditioners can smooth the uneven grain of your wood and cause the stain to penetrate the wood more evenly.
You can use stair gauges to make crosscut guides. Clamp them to a carpenter’s square while making sure they line up with the rise and run of your stair jack. After that the notches can be marked. If you do it properly, you will have an excellent crosscut guide.
Clean your saw’s teeth before cutting lumber. To thoroughly clean your saw blade dip a shop rag into a little acetone and wipe the blade thoroughly. Additionally, using a piece of sandpaper that has a fine grit will remove any sap or gumminess from your skill saw’s cutting blades.
When sanding a piece of lumber, beginning with a coarse sandpaper. Remove the excess dust from the lumber. Then, once the largest scratches are removed, sand again with a smoother sandpaper. Follow this sanding with a tack cloth. Continue using smoother sandpaper until the lumber feels smooth when you run your hand across it.
Visualize your woodworking project from start to finish before taking any tool to the wood. Let your brain and imagination help you get used to what you’re about to do. In fact, when you visualize, you’ll be much less likely to make costly mistakes during the middle of a project.
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.
When you use the table saw, be safe. When you crosscut, make sure the cut’s length is set with a block that’s clamped on your fence. That is better than only using the face, because your board won’t spring back. By clamping, the board end stays free to be cut.
Quickly get rid of burn marks caused by the router. Certain woods burn easily when routered and it can be very time-consuming trying to sand the marks away. If the router template is complex, it may be nearly impossible. Try just routering down further just a small amount using the same bit. About 1/32nd of an inch should take the burn marks off.
To get off on the right foot, use these tips as you plan out your next project. That will allow you to use the right techniques to ensure your end result is on target. Once you get that project under your belt, you’ll be able to complete others and truly enjoy woodworking as a hobby.