Woodworkers have always been valued workers because their skill is needed in so many areas. There are so many things that can be made by woodworkers. There are also beautiful works of art that are created by woodworkers that are prized by many collectors, museums and galleries. here are some tips to get you started in the fascinating world of woodworking.
Are you aware that your workbench height is critical to your work quality? It should hit at your midline. This tells you the right workbench height for your needs.
If you are bored using power tools for your woodworking project, try your hand at using classic manual tools. For hundreds of years people used no power in their woodworking. Everything was done by hand. It is a challenging way to add some excitement and pride to your next woodworking project.
Never skip sanding when it is necessary or think that staining hides imperfections in the wood. Wood with scratches, dents and nicks absorbs much more finish or stain than wood that is smooth. When you skip sanding or do not do a thorough job of it, the imperfections stand out even more because of the increased absorption.
Make sure your workbench is the proper height. It really can make a big difference. It needs to fit you and how you work. Usually if you are around 5’6″ to 5’9″ you probably need one that is between 33″ and 36″ high. If you are 5’10” or taller, you may need one that is between 35″ and 37″ high. Use your bench at its current height to determine if you need to change it to work better for you.
Many people use utility knives to cut veneer. This can be very dangerous; however, take heart, there is a better way. When cutting veneer, consider using a rotary cutting tool. These inexpensive tools can be purchased in your local fabric shop. Rotary cutting tools allow you to trim veneer to the perfect size.
Always be on the lookout for good woodworking tips. If you meet professionals, ask them for their best tips. If you find a magazine chock full with tips, pick it up so that you can keep it in your archive. Even record TV shows that have woodworking in them to glean any tips you my find there.
A small metal ruler is handy to carry around in your pocket for quick measuring. It has a tendency to fall out of your pockets, though. Get a metal one and keep it in the pocket that has the little telescoping magnet for picking up loose screws. Keep the ruler and the magnet in the same pocket. The ruler will stay in place.
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.
Before you begin any sawing assure the blade is in working condition. A blade that’s dull will make it very hard to use your saw correctly. A dull blade will also cause you to make mistakes and harm the wood that you’re working with.
As you may already know, woodworking is a highly valued skill. It can be very useful to know and can also just be an enjoyable hobby where you create beautiful works of art. If you are looking to get into doing more woodworking, then the tips above can help you do just that.