Introducing yourself to woodworking as an art can be an exciting time. However, many people get quickly discouraged because they feel there is too much of a complexity to the field. Instead, you must understand that all creations are unique and that you just need to slow down and enjoy yourself. Continue reading for some helpful tips about embracing woodworking as a hobby.
Begin small with woodworking projects. It can be very exciting to get yourself ready for your first woodworking project, but don’t let your excitement overtake your smarts. Buy only what you need, no more for right now. Don’t fall for buying tools that you currently don’t need as you may find better alternatives in the future.
If you have a high skill level when it comes to woodworking you may want to think about taking some time to share your knowledge with others. You can keep it simple by recording what you do step-by-step or you could take it to a higher level and teach a class.
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.
When staining woods, always test in a hard to see area before moving forward. In fact, if you’ve got a piece of scrap wood, that’s even better. You never know how a type of wood will take to stain, so it’s best to find out in a place that won’t be an issue later on.
Add spring to the grip. Sometimes you might need a spring clamp, however you only have one hand available to use. It can be tough to open such clamps with a single hand. You can make it simpler. While you have two free hands, first get all your clamps ready to go on an available wood wrap. This will get them in a position where you can use them with only one hand while gluing.
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.
If woodworking is new to you, a good practice is to read and understand your project plans before you begin. Be sure you understand them through and through. If the plans aren’t complete or if you’re confused, ask someone at a hardware store for help.
Only cut using sharp tools. Older and dull tools result in tear-outs and even chipping, which is frustrating and a waste of time. Sharp tools means you get clean cuts quickly. You’ll also spend a lot less time sanding things to get just the right look and fit that you need.
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.
Are you ready to get out there and be a woodworking hobbyist? What do you plan to create? Hopefully the tips that have been explained can help you get going with your art. It’s going to be fun, and you just never know what you might end up making.