Woodworking is an awesome hobby that leaves you open to so many different options that it could never get old. If you find that you are in a rut when it comes to the skills that you have you should read the article below. It is full of ideas that can bring new elements into the work that you do.
Make sanding blocks that are reusable. Use your scrap pieces of 3/4″ plywood and cut as many blocks as you need for the sandpaper grits you use the most. Be sure that the measurements are around two-and-a-half inches by four-and-three-quarters inches. Apply spray adhesive to both the blocks and the cork tiles. Start by sticking a block to the cork before cutting the cork with a utility knife. Spray adhesive on your sandpaper, and then stick it to every cork block, facing down. Finally you can cut the sandpaper so it’s flush with the cork and then you can label each block.
Gel stains are the new big thing for staining furniture and other wood projects that need staining. Gel stains can stick to lumber well, while liquid ones can run. Also, since these gel stains have a thicker consistency, their pigment stays consistent during the whole application process which shows in the even staining on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
If you are trying new skills, make sure that you practice on some wood that has no value, like some scraps. You don’t want to waste an expensive piece of wood before you know exactly what you are doing. Once you have mastered your new skills, you can move to a better piece of wood.
A golf tee is a wonderful fix for wiggling hinges. Put the golf tee in the screw hole to prevent wiggling. Trim off the end of the tee still sticking out and hang the door again. The tee will allow the screw to bite into the door.
If you’re looking for that first woodworking project, how about starting with a simple box? In fact, that’s probably the most popular first woodworking project out there. Buy some cheap wood that you like, and design a box that could work around your home. Maybe it’s for writing utensils, or perhaps it’s for the kitchen? There are a lot of options.
Plan out your project and go over it a few times before you start. This will help prevent you from making mistakes that will ruin your project. You do not want to start it all over again, so plan it out well before you cut, screw or nail anything together.
Did you know that the teeth on a hacksaw face forward? Many people do not know this. It is the opposite of a wood saw. These saws are supposed to cut when pushed forward. Many times the blades are not labeled for correct installation. If this is the case, remember to put the teeth facing forward.
Do you find that your joint compound seems to dry out in between uses? There is a simple fix to help keep your joint compound moist. Simply pour a small amount of water on top of your joint compound before sealing it. The next time you need to use the joint compound, drain off the excess water and your joint compound will be perfectly moist.
Now that you have read the article above you surely have realized that you have so much more available to work with than you thought before. The key to keeping your hobby interesting is to continue to learn about your options, just as you have by reading the above article. Now get out there are put the above tips to work.