You can create wonderful and useful things when working with wood. Tables, chairs, toys, decorations and even structures are easy to create when you know certain tips and tricks about woodworking. Keep reading for some great tips on working with woods and creating awesome things for your home and to give away as gifts.
Understand that safety should be your top concern with woodworking. Always start a job with the proper safety gear and follow instructions for using the tools properly. Don’t take guards off of the power tools. These simple things can help protect you from accidents.
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.
Using a good wood glue can make joined pieces even stronger than the wood itself. The key to strength in a glued joint is the amount of time the glue takes to set. Glue that takes longer to cure is better than quick setting glue. Slower setting glue has more time to penetrate into the fibers of the wood, which enhances the strength of the joint.
Be sure your blade sharp prior to trying to cut. A blade that’s dull will make it very hard to use your saw correctly. Additionally, dull blades can cause you to make errors that can cost you money.
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.
If you mark your intended cuts with pencil lines, try not to actually cut them! You might be lined up at first, but it is possible to get a little off later in the cut, resulting in pieces that fit less that perfectly. It’s better to cut the edge of the pencil line and then sand the rest of the marking off.
You can apply stain with either a brush, or a rag. Work the stain in against the grain, and with it as well. You need not be neat, just get a smooth, even coat on the wood. Then, wipe immediately for a lighter tone, or leave it on for up to fifteen minutes before wiping for a deeper tone.
Be very careful when working with a table saw. When crosscutting, set the length by clamping a block onto the fence. This will help prevent slippage or movement of your board. By utilizing this strategy, your board end will not spring back, allowing you to cut.
Wear goggles when you are working on your pieces. Wood might fly toward your face at any time, and you want to avoid a trip to the emergency room. You might not think that it is a possibility, but this is one time when it is really important to be cautious.
As stated above, once you developed your skills as a woodworker and learned some tips, you can create so many things. Furnish your home with beautiful items you made by hand and give your friends and family wonderful gifts when you develop your skills at woodworking. Use the tips above to help you get started.