If you find that you are good with work that involves your hands, consider giving woodworking a try. From measuring to cutting to piecing things together, it is a fun way to spend your time. The tips below will help you get started on the right foot, ensuring your first project is a great one.
Test stain in an area that will not be seen or on a scrap piece of wood. This will give you an idea of what it will look like on the finished project. Wood is pretty unpredictable, so doing this small test can help you avoid any errors.
When using stains, a great product choice is gel. Gel stains adhere to wood better, while liquid stains run a lot more. In addition, the thicker consistency of gel stains have more consistent pigments and allow for a more even coat of stain on vertical and horizontal pieces.
If you enjoy doing woodworking as a hobby, try to use all the materials that you buy and throw away as little as possible. Scrap pieces of plywood or hard wood can be used as sanding blocks for future projects. You can also use scrap wood for wooden dowels in furniture making.
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.
When you are tackling the sanding portion of your woodworking project be sure that you are using the best type of sandpaper. There are many different types available, and using the wrong type can lead to your project being ruined. If you are not sure you are using the right type you can find the correct information online with the click of a few buttons.
If you are cutting, sanding, or finishing something small, get out your hot glue gun. Affix the item you are working on to the end of a pedestal stick. Hot glue holds better than a clamp, and small objects are impossible to clamp anyway. Just be careful when pulling the piece off to avoid tearing the back side of the wood.
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.
If you do woodworking at home, create a well-lit, organized area in your home or garage to serve as your workshop or hobby area. Keeping your tools and supplies in one place and well-organized keeps you safer, more productive and enjoying the time spent working on your projects. This is important whether you have a large or small workshop, so set up the space with both lighting and organization at the top of your workshop to-do list.
Build the best that you can. What this means is to not get lost in chasing perfectionism or analysis paralysis. Be honest with yourself about how good you are and cater to your strengths. Be proud of what you are able to do with woodworking, and do what you can to learn specific skills that improve on what you already have mastered.
If you are good with your hands, woodworking is the activity for you. Take your time to absorb the knowledge you have gained here and you’ll find that entering the world of working with wood becomes easier. In the end, you’ll find success with your projects and a new hobby to enjoy.