You don’t have to be a genius to work with wood. The fact is that all you need to be able to do is lift a hammer and measure accurately, along with having a good imagination. Of course, your skills need to improve, and the tips below will help you to do just that.
If you plan to stain a project, apply pre-stain products to your wood. The conditioner will make it more difficult to notice irregularities in the wood. These applications even out the stain on the wood.
Keep the floors safe in your woodworking shop. Dust builds up on the floor, making it dangerous for walking. Coat the slippery areas of your shop with a mixture of crushed walnut shells and paint. The walnut shells are just the right consistency to keep the floor rough enough for walking, even when sawdust builds up.
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.
If there is a joint in your work that does not fit together properly, this cannot be fixed with glue. While it may seem like the simple way to fix things, it will only work temporarily. The best thing to do would be to start over and be more careful the next time.
Always keep your work area clean and safe, even when you are not actually there. Leaving out pieces of lumber with nails in them or even power tools that are easily activated in your yard can be dangerous. You never know when animals or even neighborhood children might come romping through and hurt themselves.
Before even beginning a woodworking project, make sure you have an adequate and proper place to work in. You definitely don’t want your living space filled with sawdust. Some woodworking supplies, such as stains, varnish and paint strippers, have noxious fumes. Ideally, you will have a detached garage or a shed to work in since an outside space is an ideal location.
Make use one of the beveled inner part of a pencil sharpener. If you mount it on a small shaft, you can use it in a drill. It a good tool for shaping smaller pieces. When it gets dull, just sharpen it on an emery cloth by running the drill on a slow speed.
Sanding blocks are essential woodworking tools. You can create easy to reuse sanding blocks of your very own by simply cutting three-quarter-inch scrap lumber into rectangles measuring 4.75 x 4.50 inches. Cut pieces of cork tile to fit each block. Spray both the rectangle of wood and the rectangle of cork tile with adhesive and press them together. Allow to dry, then spray the backside of an entire sheet of sandpaper with adhesive. Place your newly made block on the sandpaper with the cork on the down-side. Allow to dry and then use a utility knife to cut the sandpaper around each block.
Once you master the basics of woodworking, these tips can help you get to the next level of skill. That will open you up to new projects you never thought you would be able to accomplish. The more you practice, the better you will become, so continue to enjoy this hobby as often as possible.