You don’t have to be a genius to work with wood. The fact is that all you need to be able to do is lift a hammer and measure accurately, along with having a good imagination. Of course, your skills need to improve, and the tips below will help you to do just that.
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.
Before you cut into a piece of wood, you need to inspect it to make sure there are not any pieces of metal in the wood. Screws, nails, staples and other metallic object will not only damage your blades, but also pose a safety hazard. Always inspect the wood before you cut.
If you have any pockets on the shirt you are wearing, remove everything from them before you start working with a table saw. It is very common for objects like pens and rulers to fall from your pocket and get caught in the blade, which can lead to some pretty serious injuries.
When applying stain, work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. When you make sure your project is under the strongest light in your work area, you more easily spot drips, runs and any spots you missed. Ventilation is also important to protect your health, and even on small projects, strong fumes can affect you by making you feel sick or giving you a headache.
If you have young children around, make sure that they know the ground rules about your woodworking area. They should never be in your work area without close supervision. Also, they should never sneak up on you from behind. When you are startled, you may injure yourself with a tool.
Be sure to install your hacksaw blades correctly. Remember that a hacksaw is designed to push, not pull. Your hacksaw blade teeth should be pointed forward for quick, easy, efficient cutting. Make certain to install the blade securely so that it is good and tight. As you cut, the blade will warm up with friction heat. This may cause it to bend if it is not installed tightly.
Of the surface of the wood in your project has been dinged or dented by accident, you need to remove the blemish before you finish it. If the fibers of the wood are only crushed, not torn, you can use steam to fix the problem. Fill the depression with a drop or two of water and use a hot iron over a damp cloth to level the dent.
There always comes a time that something will fly into your eye when you least expect it. So, never turn a mental blind eye towards wearing your goggles, or you might just wind up with a real one. Make sure that your goggles fit properly.
If you want to stain your wood piece, make sure to use a finer grit sandpaper if you want a lighter color. That is because the big scratches left by coarse paper allows more of the pigments to saturate the wood surface. Therefore, if you want the color to be lighter, make sure you’ve sanded with fine sandpaper.
Once you master the basics of woodworking, these tips can help you get to the next level of skill. That will open you up to new projects you never thought you would be able to accomplish. The more you practice, the better you will become, so continue to enjoy this hobby as often as possible.