Every once in a while you will run into situations where you have to better your skills. There are many places you can better your skills through additional course or training on-site. For hobbies, you can find resources by yourself, like this article. If woodworking is your passion, the following tips will help you improve your abilities.
Keep safety in mind at all times. Proper tool use and safety equipment are important when you are woodworking. Don’t take guards off of the power tools. It wouldn’t be good if you began working on your woodworking project and you got hurt.
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.
Woodworking can be expensive. The actual wood is one of the most expensive parts of any project. The rest of the cost is usually labor, glue and hardware. Sometimes you can save some money by buying a cheaper grade of wood for areas of your project that are not visible. Areas like drawers, backs and bottoms are excellent places to use this wood.
When working with wood, it is important that you have a lot of patience when it comes to the finishing process. This is just as important as the actual woodworking. Things like gluing edges and sanding the wood down take time, and you will only mess things up if you try to rush through this process.
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.
Wear ear protection. Woodworking machines make a lot of noise. Exposure over a long period of time can be bad on your hearing. Get a pair of inexpensive ear plugs, or buy a great pair of noise canceling headphones. Whichever you use, make sure to use them religiously.
When applying stain, work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. When you make sure your project is under the strongest light in your work area, you more easily spot drips, runs and any spots you missed. Ventilation is also important to protect your health, and even on small projects, strong fumes can affect you by making you feel sick or giving you a headache.
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.
We must work to become better at things we do. Whether it is looking for advice or taking a class, it will help you. With these tips in hand, you can get started on your very next project and surprise yourself with what you can actually make.