Woodworking can be a very enjoyable skill to learn. It can also be confusing if you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, just take it step by step. The following information is here to guide you along.
Anytime you are working around power tools, there is an element of danger; focus on safety at all times. Always use your tools in the way they were intended to be used and wear safety equipment at all times. Guards on power tools are provided for your protection so leave them alone. The last thing you want to do is end up at the emergency room because of an accident.
Create your own sanding blocks. Cut six 3/4″ pieces of plywood for each sandpaper grit. Cut them to 2.5″ by 4.75″. You can secure the sandpaper better with an adhesive. If the cork is too large, trim it with a utility knife. Get a sandpaper sheet, spray it with adhesive, and then apply it to each of your cork blocks; they need to be face down. You can make smaller blocks if you wish as well. These can be used for smaller pieces demanding finer sanding.
Did you know that the height of your workbench is vital to the quality of work you produce? Measure how far your waist is from the floor – this should be the height of your bench. This is how tall your bench should be.
If you plan to stain furniture, look in to gel stains. Gel stains can stick to lumber well, while liquid ones can run. Also, because your gel stains are a lot thicker their pigment is going to be consistent while applying it so that the stain is more even on vertical and horizontal pieces.
If you rent a tool that is unfamiliar to you, ask the rental company for a quick demonstration. In most cases, a specialist will show you how to properly use the tool you want to rent. You should also ask if there are any handouts available that will familiarize you with the tool.
Before applying glue, try a dry fitting first. If you try adjusting things post-gluing, there’s a big chance that you’ll damage something. Using dry-fit will show you where to put the pieces should go.
When setting out on a new woodworking endeavor, the best thing you can do is pick out the right wood for the project. Do not use a soft wood such as pine for a table top because it will scratch easily. You will also need to remember that different wood varieties take stain differently and will be different colors once finished.
You may not be a master woodworker as of yet, but you are getting there. Just keep learning every day and practicing as much as possible. See what all you can create!