Do you want to create beautiful art based in wood? Working with wood takes some practice, but it is not beyond the skills of the average man. If woodworking is something you want to work with, keep the following tips in mind.
Keep safety in mind at all times. Always purchase the necessary safety equipment to avoid injury. Don’t take guards off of the power tools. You don’t want to start in your workshop and end in a hospital bed.
When using stains or finishes, be sure to stir them, rather than shake them. Some ingredients in these products may settle over time. However, shaking can cause bubbles, and things may not mix properly. You need to stir it well. Keep stirring until all the settlement is evenly and smoothly dispersed.
When you have woodworking pieces ready for final assembly, always remember to run them through a quick dry-fit before you break out the glue. Attempting to fix a problem after you’ve applied glue is a recipe for damage and disaster. A dry-fit will give you a good idea of what components go where.
Use a pre-stain wood conditioner before staining the wood. The conditioner will make it more difficult to notice irregularities in the wood. These conditioners are going to help smooth out the wood so that the stain can get into it more evenly.
Know your wood. All wood is not the same. Wood varies in how they take to staining. Different cuts will splinter differently. You will also see a large variety of wood grains. Each of these things should be considered before starting your next woodworking project.
Add some extra spring to your grip. Trying to make use of a spring clamp when you only have one free hand is not always easy. Opening these with only one hand can be difficult. There is a way to make it easier. Use two hands to put your clamps onto a piece of scrap wood. That way, they are almost at full capacity and can be maneuvered with just one hand.
Stair gauges can be used as crosscut guides. Clamp them to a carpenter’s square while making sure they line up with the rise and run of your stair jack. Then mark the notches. Have the share one tongue of the carpenter square. This is a combination that will provide you and excellent crosscut guide for your circular saw.
Ear protection is important. Machinery can be very loud. Continued exposure to the noise can cause some hearing loss. Disposable earplugs are available, or you can invest in a pair of high quality headphones. Use them anytime you are using the machinery.
Proper footwear is important when you are working with tools and doing projects. Where you’re working there will be tools, nails, and wood pieces everywhere. You want to make sure your feet are protected in case you kick something or step on any nails. You should have sturdy shoes for the environment you are working in.
Whenever you plan to cut a narrow piece of wood, don’t use your fingers as a guide! Use a thin piece of wood instead. Use it to guide the wood through the saw. This makes sure that you won’t chop off a finger.
Be very careful when working with a table saw. When you crosscut, make sure the cut’s length is set with a block that’s clamped on your fence. This will help prevent slippage or movement of your board. The clamping method leaves the end of the board free for cutting.
Drafting squares can help you be more accurate when you’re making cuts that are small. If you need wood that’s 2′-3,’ it may be difficult to measure it accurately. Carpenter squares are hard and drywall squares aren’t always accurate. Instead, check your art supplies or make a trip to an art store and pick up a drafting square. They’re accurate and simple to use.
Know all about the wood you are getting prior to purchasing it, especially if you plan to stain it. Some woods are only paint grade, while stain grade woods are much better for staining. Also know that veneer and particle board are really quite different. Veneer tends to absorb too little stain, while particle board too much. Using the right wood ensures that your project will turn out just as you expected it to.
Always double check your measurements. Triple checking couldn’t hurt either, especially if the materials you are using are particularly expensive. Measuring can cause big mistakes. If you make an angular cut or cut a piece too short, you can mess up a project entirely.
Now that you’ve gone over some of the information on woodworking, you should be able to use the tips to your advantage in the future. By keeping at it, and learning something additional on a daily basis, soon enough your skills will allow you to create more complex projects. Follow the advice presented here to begin.
Don’t lose touch with others. Most woodworking shops do not have access to the Internet. There will be times when a project flummoxes you. Talk to other woodworkers to get support, answers to your questions, and more ideas. Someone, somewhere else in the world has certainly experienced your issue in the past.