Have you admired a beautiful piece of furniture and dreamed of creating such an item yourself? Do you have a need for a new shelf and want to build it on your own? Regardless of why you want to get involved in woodworking, the advice below will help you get your start.
You can use tape to catch excess glue. If you want to prevent oozing glue stains along joints, try clamping pieces together without using any glue. You just put tape on your joint, and then cut along it using a sharp blade. Separate your pieces, and then apply glue. After that, clamp them to each other again. Your glue will ooze on the tape instead of the wood. You can peel off the tape before your glue dries.
Even if you have been doing woodworking for some time you may want to consider taking a class. There are different levels of classes available, so you should be able to find one that teaches you something and is challenging. There is never too much that you can know about woodworking.
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.
Test the color of a stain before doing the complete stain on more visible areas. Wood is never predictable, so a stain may not look the way you expect or need it to when applied to the wood you are using. When you test the stain in a spot that’s not easily visible, you prevent having a project turn out badly.
Do some dry fitting before applying glue and then piece the wooden pieces together. Trying to move things around once the glue is on is likely to result in harm to the final project. Using dry-fit will show you where to put the pieces should go.
If your interior doors have loose hinges, you can simply fix it with a golf tee. Remove the hinges and the door. Then, in the hole where the screws were, lightly hammer a common golf tee into the hole. Cut off the length of golf tee that protrudes from the hole, then you put your door back up. This will give the screw the support that it needs.
Do you have a hard to reach screw that needs tightened, but there isn’t room for your hand and the screwdriver? The answer is waiting for you in your toolbox. Simply grab your screwdriver along with your 12 point socket. Attach the socket to the screwdriver and then to a ratchet.
Footwear is an important component of your safety equipment. The environment in which you work will have many nails, sharp pieces of wood and heavy tools. It is important to provide protection for your feet in case an upturned nail is in your path, or something heavy falls on your foot. The shoes must be tough enough to endure your work environment.
To get off on the right foot, use these tips as you plan out your next project. That will allow you to use the right techniques to ensure your end result is on target. Once you get that project under your belt, you’ll be able to complete others and truly enjoy woodworking as a hobby.