Woodworking is a craft and a skill that has been around for centuries. It is a valuable trade to have experience with and can be infinitely useful in many ways. Skilled woodworkers can earn a good living with their hands and many enjoy woodworking just for the joy of it.
Whenever you work with power tools, be sure your clothing is tucked in properly. Any loose clothing or long, dangling hair or jewelry can easily become tangled in the tool, leading to injury or other disaster. Tuck everything in, pull back your hair, take off dangling jewelry and then get down to work.
Many people have a small ruler on them when working in the shop. Sometimes it will fall out of your pocket when you move around. To solve this problem, purchase a metal ruler and keep it next to a small telescoping magnet in your pocket. The magnet keeps both objects firmly in your pocket.
Use some affordable filters for collecting fine dust. The filters and micro-filtering bags made to catch this dust can get pricy after several replacements. Try using the ones that are sold for use in household vacuums.
You can buy the cheap ones and easily modify them to fit your shop vacuum. Cut off the top a bit past the small opening. Turn the whole thing inside out so that airflow still flows in the usual direction. Slip it over your foam filter using the retaining ring to keep it 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.
Always clean up sanding dust thoroughly before staining or applying a topcoat. If you want a smooth finish, dust is your enemy. Use a vacuum over blowing dust into the air because it settles back onto the wood, and use a damp cloth to ensure all dust is removed from the wood in your final cleanup prior to staining or applying a top coat.
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 dust and dirt get into the holes of a brad or nail gun while they are not in use, this can cause them to wear out more quickly. It is a good idea to plug the air inlet holes up with something to prevent anything from getting in there.
Seek out wood that has been recycled. Lots of places get rid of scrap pieces that would be perfect for your uses. For example, a home improvement store is a good place to check. Look for pieces of wood that you can use in your projects. You can save money this way.
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.
As you already know, woodworking is a very valuable skill. Whether you are building a big projects such as a house or smaller projects such as a small bird house, woodworking has so much to offer. Hopefully the tips from above have given you ideas on new ways to use this valuable skill.