It is very exciting getting into the art of woodworking. However, with it being such a large field, many people can feel a little uneasy trying to start out. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, embrace the following tips, and get started today putting your skills to work with some wood.
Before you get started on any woodworking project, do some research on the type of wood you will be using. Different types of wood absorb paint and stain differently, some too much, and some not enough. If you aren’t certain about what kind of wood you will need, just ask for help.
Make your own reusable sanding blocks. Cut 6 blocks from scrap wood in the size of the sandpaper you use. Be certain they are approximately 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Put spray glue on a cork tile and each block. If the cork is too large, trim it with a utility knife. Spray adhesive on a piece of sandpaper and stick that to both cork blocks face down. Lastly, cut the sandpaper flush with the cork, and label each block.
Take baby steps when first starting out with woodworking. It’s a lot of fun to learn, but woodworking is also pretty dangerous if you get too cocky too soon. Even when you feel like you know the basics, keep practicing them. And always where safety gear. You are much better off.
When buying wood for your woodworking project, always buy long and not to the exact measurements. Some stores will sell you wood that is cut to length. Always measure long and trim down to the exact size you need in your shop. This way if you made a minor error in measurement, you will have a little bit of extra wood to cut off or utilize to make up for the difference.
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.
You make mistakes. Always remember that, but never say it. You have made mistakes in the past, you are going to make them in the future. Always treat them as learning opportunities. However, never point them out to others or talk about them. Others may not notice, or even care. They’re likely to just be impressed you did something they couldn’t.
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.
Attached a small magnet to the bottom of your hammer’s handle to hold several nails when working above your head or on a ladder. This simple technique allows you to keep your nails handy and avoid climbing up and down the ladder when you are working above your head.
Clean tools last longer; therefore, it is important to clean your tools after each use. Dip a shop rag into a small amount of acetone and wipe each tool to remove any build-up. Afterwards, dip a different shop rag into machine oil and wipe the metal of each tool to help prevent rusting.
Woodworking is a craft enjoyed by young and old alike and has been treasured for centuries. In order to get the most out of it, you must be working towards honing your skills. So, use the tips that have been discussed to help you get going in the right direction today.