Every now and then you can better your skills. On-site training is useful when you are at work. Most hobbies do not have this advantage. The ideas below will help to make you a better woodworker.
Woodworking can be a fun, and satisfying, hobby. However, it is very important to play it safe when working with tools, substances that cause fumes and other common dangers of the craft. Be sure to wear safety glasses, allow plenty of fresh air for ventilation when using oil-based products and always read the directions before you start anything!
Familiarize yourself with the tools that you are going to use. This is a very important tip for the beginner, but even more advanced woodworkers can benefit from it too. Lay out the tools and make sure that you know the workings of each one. If you’ve got a brand new tool to you, spend the time that you need with it.
Whenever you work with power tools, be sure your clothing is tucked in properly. Any loose clothing or long, dangling hair or jewelry can easily become tangled in the tool, leading to injury or other disaster. Tuck everything in, pull back your hair, take off dangling jewelry and then get down to work.
Use some affordable filters for collecting fine dust. The filters and micro-filtering bags made to catch this dust can get pricy after several replacements. Try using the ones that are sold for use in household vacuums.
You can buy the cheap ones and easily modify them to fit your shop vacuum. Cut off the top a bit past the small opening. Turn the whole thing inside out so that airflow still flows in the usual direction. Slip it over your foam filter using the retaining ring to keep it in place.
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.
Did you know that the teeth on a hacksaw face forward? Many people do not know this. It is the opposite of a wood saw. These saws are supposed to cut when pushed forward. Many times the blades are not labeled for correct installation. If this is the case, remember to put the teeth facing forward.
If you plan on applying any gloss or stain to a piece of wood, it is very important that you sand it down first. Failing to do this step will result in a wood surface that is not very smooth. Use sandpaper to smooth things down then make sure all dust s removed by brushing it with a cloth.
Never allow someone to watch while you are woodworking without wearing the same gear that you are wearing. Being anywhere near the tools is a hazard, even if they are not using them. Wood or parts of the tool could fly into the air and strike them just as they could you.
Learn from woodworking experts. In fact, you could even search out a mentor that you can shadow to learn best woodworking practices. Seeing these skills in motion are some of the best ways to pick up and really own different woodworking techniques. And you may even make a long term friend in the process.
Challenging yourself and developing your woodworking skills is a very rewarding experience. Even learning new woodworking skills or experimenting with a new recipe leads to self-improvement. When using the above tips, you will be more than ready to tackle that project you have been thinking about.