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!
Use stop blocks to your advantage for more accurate work. When cutting a lot of pieces the same size, no matter how carefully you measure, you often find small variations. Use a pre-cut stop block to make those measurements pinpoint accurate. Then the table saw will stop at just the right length length.
Organize your shop’s extension cords to keep your shop safe and tidy. You can make your own cord keeper with nothing more than a scrap piece of wood. Simply cut a piece of wood in the shape of an I and wrap each of your extension cords around the wood.
Before staining your project, test the stain in a hard to see area, or, better yet, on a piece of scrap wood of the same type. This can prevent surprises if the shade of the stain is different after it has been applied. Different woods can affect stains differently. Sometimes wildly different. Testing first is the best way to know what something will look like.
When you’re working out a budget, you have to think about itemizing the new tools you may have to purchase. This is easy to overlook if you are focused on the amount of wood you need to buy. If you don’t pay attention to these extra costs, you may find your project going over budget quickly.
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.
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.
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.
You can use woodworkers glue to secure joints if you clamp the joint securely in place while the glue dries. Many people prefer to glue the joint in addition to using fasteners. This prevents the joint from loosening if it is subjected to pressure that could cause it to give way.
If you use an orbital sander to smooth the surface of your project before finishing, move the sander very slowly. The recommended speed is one inch per second which is slower than most people sand. Going too fast can cause a small spiral pattern that does not show up until the finish is applied.
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!