When you are looking for a new hobby, look no further than woodworking. This amazing pastime combines skill building with the creation of items you can actually use around your home. If you want a hobby that allows you to do something good, the tips below will help you join in.
If you plan to use stain, test it on a small scrap of wood first. This can prevent surprises if the shade of the stain is different after it has been applied. Different woods can affect stains differently. Sometimes wildly different. Testing first is the best way to know what something will look like.
You can make your crosscut guides using stair gauges. Clamp them to carpenter’s squares and be sure they match the runs and rises of the stair jacks. Then mark the notches. When you clamp them on the one tongue of the carpenter’s square it will become a good crosscut guide for your circular saw.
When you are working on a project, be sure to face your light directly on your working area. The bright light will enable you to detect any drips or runs you may not see otherwise. Missed areas will also be more visible. Be sure to always work in a well-ventilated area as well.
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.
If you have your own table saw, you will eventually have to crosscut some wood. This can bring your fingers very close to the saw guard and blade. If the saw kicks back, you could be headed to the hospital. It is best to cut a block of wood to push the wood through the saw with.
A dry fitting is important to do before adding glue to your wood. If you don’t and then try to do adjustments, chances are you’ll create damage to your project. Dry-fitting will let you plan out where each piece will go.
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.
Are you working with a screw in a space that is insufficient for your screwdriver and your hand to fit simultaneously or comfortably? Look no further than your toolbox. You can use a 12-point socket and a long-handled screwdriver. Place the socket on the screwdriver and place it atop a ratchet.
When buying wood for your woodworking project, always buy long and not to the exact measurements. Some stores will sell you wood that is cut to length. Always measure long and trim down to the exact size you need in your shop. This way if you made a minor error in measurement, you will have a little bit of extra wood to cut off or utilize to make up for the difference.
These ideas aren’t all new, yet they’re all worth reading. Those which are new to you will serve to better your techniques. Those which are old hat are reminders that you should continually pay attention to how you are working with wood. Together, they will build you into a master wood craftsman.