You might be one of those people who thought they weren’t good with their hands. However, if you take the time to give it a try, woodworking can show you how magical your hands can be. With just the right tips, outlined below, you’re going to be able to make all kinds of pieces. Keep reading!
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.
When you install your hacksaw blade, make sure the teeth face forward. They are designed to cut when pushed using a forward stroke instead of a pulled stroke. Some of these blades have arrows pointing toward the handles that show the correct way to install them. Install it making sure it is tight and cannot bend. When you do lots of cutting, your blade heats up and expands, so make sure you tighten it before it begins bending.
Always be on the lookout for good woodworking tips. If you meet professionals, ask them for their best tips. If you find a magazine chock full with tips, pick it up so that you can keep it in your archive. Even record TV shows that have woodworking in them to glean any tips you my find there.
Rulers don’t like to stay in pockets, but you need them to be handy! To solve this problem, purchase a metal ruler and keep it next to a small telescoping magnet in your pocket. The magnet will keep the ruler in your pocket at all times.
When you are tackling the sanding portion of your woodworking project be sure that you are using the best type of sandpaper. There are many different types available, and using the wrong type can lead to your project being ruined. If you are not sure you are using the right type you can find the correct information online with the click of a few buttons.
Learn the characteristics of different kinds of wood. No two pieces of wood are alike. All the trees react differently to the stains. Different cuts will also splinter differently. You will also see a large variety of wood grains. These will all factor into your woodworking plans.
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.
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.
You may think that you can’t be an expert at woodworking, but if you stay interested and learn as much as you can, your expert status is all but guaranteed. Just take it slowly and use everything you have learned here to make great-looking wood pieces that you can show off to everyone. Good luck!