Today, choosing to do a woodwork project offers lots of opportunities for you that won’t require purchasing elaborate and expensive tools. If you’re a beginner, look into different kits and shortcuts that can help you create a professional-looking project without being a master woodworker. Use the suggestions below to consider some projects that you can undertake without years of woodworking experience.
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.
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 you will be re-coating an existing finish, be sure that the surface is clean and free of any wax or oils. Then, let it dry completely, and lightly scuff the surface with a 220-grit sandpaper so that the finish you are applying will have something to hold onto.
When sanding a piece of lumber, beginning with a coarse sandpaper. Remove the excess dust from the lumber. Then, once the largest scratches are removed, sand again with a smoother sandpaper. Follow this sanding with a tack cloth. Continue using smoother sandpaper until the lumber feels smooth when you run your hand across it.
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.
Wear gloves when you are doing your woodworking projects. A natural part of woodworking is the risk of getting splinters and other injuries from the wood. If you find it difficult to work well with the gloves you should shop for a pair that does not hinder your performance so that you can be safe.
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.
Stay in touch with friends and family. Your woodworking shop likely is your personal space and doesn’t have Internet. Some projects will just leave you without inspiration. Look for other woodworkers and ask them questions. You’ll never run into a problem someone else hasn’t posted about before.
Go to the art supply store and get a drafting square. Carpenter squares are a hassle, and drywall squares are notoriously inaccurate. When you need an exact square several feet in width and length, a drafting square is a surefire winner. Once you use it a few times, you’ll likely use it just as much as a tape measure.
There are many options for you to express your creativity and skills without being a master woodworker when it comes to projects around your home. Looking around for modern ways to produce woodworking projects to enhance your home might be easier than you think. Use the tips above if you’re considering a woodwork project but you’re worried that you don’t have enough skill to undertake your project.