Many people have dreams of being a carpenter. Creating your vision from a simple slab of wood is very attractive. However, few people bother to learn the skills necessary to realize this dream. You don’t have to be one of them. Keep reading to find out how you can acquire the woodworking skills of a carpenter.
Do you know how much your workbench height affects your work? Measure how far your waist is from the floor – this should be the height of your bench. This will help you create a workbench that is the perfect height.
Make sure your work area is safe, well-lit and organized. Working with woods is difficult work, and it is dangerous work when your work area is dim and there are safety hazards in the area. Make sure there are no spills, tripping hazards and other safety hazards that are a disaster waiting to happen.
Dust can ruin the finish of any woodworking project. Keep dust away from your projects and workbench by vacuuming it up. If you blow or brush it away, it will just land somewhere else, likely back on your project. Also, use a damp cloth to wipe all surfaces before you begin top-coating, or staining.
One of the necessary tools for woodworking is the common pencil. Pencils do get lost easily, however. Buy plenty, then store them in an old instant soup container. Fill the container with sawdust and drill holes in the lid. You’ll now have plenty of pencils and the container won’t tip over easily.
Always remember the rule of measuring twice and cutting once. You are human, which means that mistakes are inevitable. However, you can prevent measurement mistakes from turning into cutting mistakes when you measure two or three times. That is going to spare you serious waste, not just in terms of wasted wood, but also money and time.
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.
Learn the basics of sharpening whatever woodworking tools you use personally. Start any work session with cleaning and preventative maintenance. The few moments you put into honing your tools each day will spare you tenfold that time in sanding and repairs. You are also ensuring your personal safety here as well.
Do you know that different colored tin snips make different kinds of cuts? Tin snips with red handles are used for making left hand turns. Green handled tin snips are used for making right hand turns. Finally, yellow handled tin snips are used for straight lines and gradual curves.
Be sure to keep all of your old cans of stain. Stain is expensive, and can come in handy if you wish to use a particular color again. Additionally, stains do not set up like finish does. If there is a skin on top, remove it, and the stain is as good as new.
If you don’t want glue to stain the piece of wood you’re working on, it’s a good idea to use tape first. Clamp together the two pieces you want to glue, and then put tape on the joints. Then use a sharp knife to cut the piecs apart. That way, when you glue together your wood, excess glue will get on tape and not the wood.
Now that you know a great deal more about woodworking, you should feel confident about your skills. You have what it takes to create a work of art from ordinary lumber. All you need now is the drive. Keep this advice in mind as you set out to realize your woodworking dream.