It is very exciting getting into the art of woodworking. However, with it being such a large field, many people can feel a little uneasy trying to start out. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, embrace the following tips, and get started today putting your skills to work with some wood.
You can make your own reusable sanding blocks. Start by cutting a few blocks from a scrap piece of plywood for all the sandpaper grits you need to use. They should be 2.5″ x 4.75″. Use some spray adhesive on your blocks and the cork tile. Stick a block on your cork, then make certain you cut the cork flush with a utility knife. After spraying adhesive on a sheet of sandpaper, place it on the block face of each cork. Finally you can cut the sandpaper so it’s flush with the cork and then you can label each block.
Practice some table saw safety. When crosscutting with a table saw, set your cut length with the block clamped to your fence. Do not use your fence directly for avoiding get kicked back by a board directly. You need to clamp the block of wood to your fence before your blade. The board’s end is free of the fence when you cut and after you cut.
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 trying woodworking for the first time, opt for cheaper woods or even scrap woods. You are going to make mistakes along the way when you are first starting. Make sure you make those mistakes on wood that’s easily replaceable. There’s nothing worse than making a rookie mistake on a very expensive piece.
If you enjoy doing woodworking as a hobby, try to use all the materials that you buy and throw away as little as possible. Scrap pieces of plywood or hard wood can be used as sanding blocks for future projects. You can also use scrap wood for wooden dowels in furniture making.
Many people use utility knives to cut veneer. This can be very dangerous; however, take heart, there is a better way. When cutting veneer, consider using a rotary cutting tool. These inexpensive tools can be purchased in your local fabric shop. Rotary cutting tools allow you to trim veneer to the perfect size.
Learn how to find the center in a piece of firewood every time. Mount some flat scrap wood to the lathe’s faceplate. Attach an acrylic piece to it using some double-faced tape. Chuck that in your lathe. Turn your acrylic to a disc. Using a 1/16″ bit in your tail stock chuck, drill a hole through that center-point. Scribe some concentric circles on to the disc at 1/2″³ intervals using a skew chisel. Position this center-finder over the end of your stock and adjust it until one of your circles is inscribed completely in a portion of the wood that is solid and usable. Using an awl or nail set, mark your center through the central hole in the disc.
Woodworking is a craft enjoyed by young and old alike and has been treasured for centuries. In order to get the most out of it, you must be working towards honing your skills. So, use the tips that have been discussed to help you get going in the right direction today.