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.
Reusable sanding blocks save you time and money. To make them all you need is a few pieces of scrap lumber. Cut a piece of 2×4 into a rectangle approximately 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. Cut a piece of sandpaper the size of your block. Then, spray one side of the piece of lumber with spray adhesive and adhere the sandpaper to the block of wood.
In a pinch, you can use a hacksaw blade as a makeshift compass. Often you can’t find a compass when you need it in room, when you are away from your shop. You can quickly nail a hole in the middle of a hacksaw blade, then steady the pencil against the proper tooth to get the right length. Draw that circle.
If there is a joint in your work that does not fit together properly, this cannot be fixed with glue. While it may seem like the simple way to fix things, it will only work temporarily. The best thing to do would be to start over and be more careful the next time.
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.
If you mark your intended cuts with pencil lines, try not to actually cut them! You might be lined up at first, but it is possible to get a little off later in the cut, resulting in pieces that fit less that perfectly. It’s better to cut the edge of the pencil line and then sand the rest of the marking off.
Never allow someone to watch while you are woodworking without wearing the same gear that you are wearing. Being anywhere near the tools is a hazard, even if they are not using them. Wood or parts of the tool could fly into the air and strike them just as they could you.
If you are new to woodworking, stick with a cheap and effective tool bag. Many of the tools to start with are under a couple hundred dollars and very easy to find and use for basic projects. These tools include a benchtop tablesaw, a jigsaw or sabre saw, a circular saw, a random orbit sander, a corded or cordless drill, a fixed-base or plunge router, and a pipe and small bar clamps.
The most important part of any woodworking project is safety. There are many sharp tools that need to be used and you should be very careful when using them. Find out the proper way to use these tools. If they are power tools, read the manual. If they are hand tools, have a professional show you how to use them properly.
When caulking using silicone caulk, mist the caulk with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. The alcohol acts as a lubricant allowing your to smoothly run your finger through the caulk for a perfect line of caulk every time. Spraying the surrounding area with alcohol also keeps the caulk from adhering to the surrounding surfaces.
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.