Introducing yourself to woodworking as an art can be an exciting time. However, many people get quickly discouraged because they feel there is too much of a complexity to the field. Instead, you must understand that all creations are unique and that you just need to slow down and enjoy yourself. Continue reading for some helpful tips about embracing woodworking as a hobby.
Make sand blocks that you can reuse. Use a scrap of 3/4″ plywood to cut six blocks, one for each sandpaper grit you need. They should be 2.5″ x 4.75″. You can secure the sandpaper better with an adhesive. Apply the cork to the block and use a utility knife to cut the cork flush with the block. Spray adhesive on the back of your sandpaper sheets and attach to the cork blocks. Then cut the sandpaper that is flush with the cork and label the blocks.
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.
Never skip sanding when it is necessary or think that staining hides imperfections in the wood. Wood with scratches, dents and nicks absorbs much more finish or stain than wood that is smooth. When you skip sanding or do not do a thorough job of it, the imperfections stand out even more because of the increased absorption.
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.
Visualize your woodworking project from start to finish before taking any tool to the wood. Let your brain and imagination help you get used to what you’re about to do. In fact, when you visualize, you’ll be much less likely to make costly mistakes during the middle of a project.
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.
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.
Always be on the lookout for wood that you can get at no cost. You can likely get pallets from businesses as long as you haul them away. Search online to find ideas on how to make furniture using pallets.
Give yourself ample time for a woodworking project. A project may look simple on paper, but in reality it can be multiple hours or even multiple days. Plan ahead to make sure that you are set in terms of the necessary time. If a project stretches on for weeks because of poor planning, it may end up never getting done.
Are you ready to get out there and be a woodworking hobbyist? What do you plan to create? Hopefully the tips that have been explained can help you get going with your art. It’s going to be fun, and you just never know what you might end up making.