Woodworking is difficult work. It takes a lot of skill, patience and knowledge to do the job right and create beautiful and useful items. It is also important to follow essential woodworking safety procedures. To learn more about woodworking safety and building sturdy, durable items, keep on reading this article.
Consider making sanding blocks yourself that you can reuse time and again. Cut six blocks from any 3/4″ plywood you have, for each sandpaper grit you regularly use. They need to be 2.5″ X4.75″. Use an adhesive spray on the blocks as well as your cork tile square. Stick a block on the cork and cut it flush with a 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. Finally you can cut the sandpaper so it’s flush with the cork and then you can label each block.
Become more accurate by using a drafting square. If you need an accurate square that’s about 2″ to 3″, you have limited options. Drywall squares tend to be very inaccurate. With carpenter squares, you have to hook them onto your work piece’s edge. A drafting square can be easily used if you happen to have one lying around. If you don’t, they are pretty cheap to find at art stores. They are incredibly accurate and as useful as a tape measure.
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.
If you are going to be doing a big woodworking project on the outside of your home, check to make sure it is within the rules. Your local government may have zoning regulations or even a permit process needed for structures like garages, decks and even storage sheds. Also check with your neighborhood association if there is one.
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.
Take baby steps when first starting out with woodworking. It’s a lot of fun to learn, but woodworking is also pretty dangerous if you get too cocky too soon. Even when you feel like you know the basics, keep practicing them. And always where safety gear. You are much better off.
If you are new to woodworking, stick with a cheap and effective tool bag. Many of the tools to start with are under a couple hundred dollars and very easy to find and use for basic projects. These tools include a benchtop tablesaw, a jigsaw or sabre saw, a circular saw, a random orbit sander, a corded or cordless drill, a fixed-base or plunge router, and a pipe and small bar clamps.
As stated in the introduction, working with wood is not a simple thing. You not only have to have the right skills and knowledge about working with the popular material, you also have to practice safety procedures to stay safe. Use the information above to help you work well with wood.