The art of working with wood has so much to offer. From the very skilled woodworkers who do woodworking for a living or the weekend woodworker who does it just for fun, there is something for everyone. If you are looking to get into doing more woodworking, then keep reading to learn more.
You can make your own reusable sanding blocks. Make a list of each sandpaper grit that you typically use, and then cut a full six blocks for each from scrap plywood, 3/4″ thick. Your blocks should be 2.5 x 4.75. Use spray adhesive on both the cork tile square and your blocks. Use a utility knife to cut the cork flush after sticking a block to the cork. Spray adhesive on your sandpaper, and then stick it to every cork block, facing down. Now cut the sandpaper flush with the cork, and label each block.
Woodworking can be expensive. The actual wood is one of the most expensive parts of any project. The rest of the cost is usually labor, glue and hardware. Sometimes you can save some money by buying a cheaper grade of wood for areas of your project that are not visible. Areas like drawers, backs and bottoms are excellent places to use this wood.
Using a good wood glue can make joined pieces even stronger than the wood itself. The key to strength in a glued joint is the amount of time the glue takes to set. Glue that takes longer to cure is better than quick setting glue. Slower setting glue has more time to penetrate into the fibers of the wood, which enhances the strength of the joint.
When staining furniture, turn to gel products. Gel stains will adhere much better to your wood. Gel will also have a more consistent pigment upon application.
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.
If you will be re-coating an existing finish, be sure that the surface is clean and free of any wax or oils. Then, let it dry completely, and lightly scuff the surface with a 220-grit sandpaper so that the finish you are applying will have something to hold onto.
One of the necessary tools for woodworking is the common pencil. Pencils do get lost easily, however. Buy plenty, then store them in an old instant soup container. Fill the container with sawdust and drill holes in the lid. You’ll now have plenty of pencils and the container won’t tip over easily.
Do not make the mistake of buying woodworking supplies based on the price alone. This can turn out to be a mistake that will cost you more in the end. If the supplies you buy are not very good quality, they will wear out sooner than more expensive tools, which means you will have to replace them much sooner.
Check out your local library for books on woodworking. You will likely find books that contain tips, special skills or even step-by-step guides that can take you from start to finish on a project. A library can be wonderful source of information that people tend to forget when they are looking for knowledge, so do not let this resource slip your mind.
Working with wood has always been a valuable skill since the beginning of time. It can be a lucrative skill or simply an enjoyable hobby. There is something for everyone to enjoy about woodworking. Hopefully the tips from above will help inspire you and encourage you to get into doing more woodworking today.