If you’re looking for an art that is truly enjoyable and very relaxing, then you have found it with woodworking. So where do you begin? Well, this article is here to help you find out what you can do to get started with woodworking. There is a lot to learn, but the great thing about woodworking is you only need to know a few things to get started. The rest you can learn along the way.
Don’t neglect sanding your wood. Sanding may be tedious, but the quality of your workmanship will suffer if you leave the scrapes and nicks where they are. Not to mention, those scratches and nicks absorb more stain and paint, making them stand out more, and making your work look shoddy.
Be certain you know what your budget is able to handle. Often times your ideas are bigger than your wallet with woodworking projects. It’s easy to get so excited to make something and then not have the money to complete the project. Plan ahead and avoid surprises.
Become more accurate by using a drafting square. If you need an accurate square that’s about 2″ to 3″, you have limited options. Drywall squares tend to be very inaccurate. With carpenter squares, you have to hook them onto your work piece’s edge. A drafting square can be easily used if you happen to have one lying around. If you don’t, they are pretty cheap to find at art stores. They are incredibly accurate and as useful as a tape measure.
Use hot glue instead of clamps for little things. When cutting, filing, sanding, or finishing something small, use the hot glue gun to glue the piece to your pedestal stick. The glue holds holds just like clamps, if not better than clamps. It also works great for things that clamps will not work on. When you finish your project, loosen it gently with a putty knife.
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 are working with wood, it can be very dangerous to have a messy workshop. Do everything you can to keep your work area clean and well-maintained. Every time you are done with a specific tool, out it away before you get another. It may seem like this is time consuming, but you won’t have any reason to clean up later.
Accuracy is the key in good woodworking techniques. Measure carefully, and double check your measurements often. It only take one miscalculation to result in a cutting error, which can end up in a ruined project. Taking the extra time to measure carefully will prevent some of these problems stemming from inaccurate measurements.
Learn about the different type of wood and their characteristics. This will help you choose the right wood for your projects. For example, pine is a popular choice for common wood projects and furniture, but you have to be aware of the knots that can sometimes affect your cutting. A wood like maple has a smoother grain and less knots.
It is time to put what you have read to the test. Use this advice so that you can get yourself going with the art of woodworking. As you continue along, understand that practice will see you getting better. Just enjoy yourself, and think about all the wonderful things you can make.