When I was a child, my grandfather had a workshop in his basement. He would supply us with wood, tools and hardware and we would create a myriad of imaginative crafts. If you have grown up with a love of woodwork, the tips below will help you master your craft.
Practice some table saw safety. When crosscutting with a table saw, set your cut length with the block clamped to your fence. Do not use your fence directly for avoiding get kicked back by a board directly. You need to clamp the block of wood to your fence before your blade. The board’s end is free of the fence when you cut and after you cut.
Select the proper wood for any project you do. When thinking of work with wood, there are some pieces of wood that aren’t able to handle the stress other woods can. Always research the type of wood you want to work with before you get started on your new project.
When you want to cut narrower sections of wood, never use your own fingers to guide them. Rather, make use of a strip of wood that is long and thin to push your current piece entirely through the saw. This will assure you keep your fingers.
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.
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.
When applying stain, work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. When you make sure your project is under the strongest light in your work area, you more easily spot drips, runs and any spots you missed. Ventilation is also important to protect your health, and even on small projects, strong fumes can affect you by making you feel sick or giving you a headache.
Do you sometimes find a screw that needs tightening, but is in an awkward place where you can’t reach with the screwdriver and your hand? Do not look past your toolbox for the answer. Just grab a 12-point socket set. Attach the socket to the screwdriver and then to a ratchet.
Keep your tools and hardware organized. When you keep clutter to a minimum, it does more than just add discipline to your workshop. It also keeps distractions, hazards and time spent hunting down a misplaced item to a minimum. Keeping screws, nails and other hardware and accessories in one place neatly stored until needed makes your projects faster and keeps you safer.
Woodworking can be expensive. It is a good idea to go over your plans before you start and make sure that the project fits within your budget. Price out all materials by making a list of the required supplies and then go to the local hardware store to figure out the total cost.
If you can take your love of working with wood and pass it on to your kids, you will imbue them with skills that last a lifetime. Use these tips to give them the right advice when it comes to completing their projects. That will ensure that they are able to keep this hobby going well into adulthood.