When you are looking for a new hobby, look no further than woodworking. This amazing pastime combines skill building with the creation of items you can actually use around your home. If you want a hobby that allows you to do something good, the tips below will help you join in.
Never use your own fingers as guidance when cutting narrow chunks of wood. Use a strip of wood instead to maximize safety. This will prevent you from loosing a finger or two, which would make working with wood very difficult.
Never skip sanding when it is necessary or think that staining hides imperfections in the wood. Wood with scratches, dents and nicks absorbs much more finish or stain than wood that is smooth. When you skip sanding or do not do a thorough job of it, the imperfections stand out even more because of the increased absorption.
Know all about the wood you are getting prior to purchasing it, especially if you plan to stain it. Low quality wood is considered “paint grade” and isn’t meant to be stained. Also know that veneer and particle board are really quite different. Veneer tends to absorb too little stain, while particle board too much. It is crucial to get the perfect wood for your creation.
You can simply fix some hinges with a golf tee if you are working on an interior door. Take off the door, then remove the hinges. Then gently hammer the golf tee into the screw holes. Cut the extra golf tee off and install the door again. A golf gee thus provides the screw with something it can grab.
Stir, never shake stains and finishes before use. Over time, these settle, so mixing is necessary. Shaking, however, adds bubbles and doesn’t always mix the stain or finish thoroughly. Stirring mixes the products better by evenly mixing in any settlement that occurred during storage. Stains and finishes that are not mixed thoroughly will not apply correctly to the wood you’re staining and are at risk of looking blotchy.
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.
Look around for wood that is recycled. There are a lot of places that will have scraps that they were going to throw away that you can use. Some home improvement stores have scraps left over. Cabinet businesses and construction companies may give away wood as well. Take advantage of this and look for pieces that might help your project. You can save money this way.
Look to video to learn different woodworking techniques. Seeing woodworking in action is a really powerful way to learn. It is, after all, a very hands on skill you’re picking up. Look to YouTube as a start. There are many videos there going over top skills related to woodworking.
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.
These ideas aren’t all new, yet they’re all worth reading. Those which are new to you will serve to better your techniques. Those which are old hat are reminders that you should continually pay attention to how you are working with wood. Together, they will build you into a master wood craftsman.