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.
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.
Use hot glue instead of clamps for little things. When cutting, filing, sanding, or finishing something small, use the hot glue gun to glue the piece to your pedestal stick. The glue holds holds just like clamps, if not better than clamps. It also works great for things that clamps will not work on. When you finish your project, loosen it gently with a putty knife.
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 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.
Stir, never shake stains and finishes before use. Over time, these settle, so mixing is necessary. Shaking, however, adds bubbles and doesn’t always mix the stain or finish thoroughly. Stirring mixes the products better by evenly mixing in any settlement that occurred during storage. Stains and finishes that are not mixed thoroughly will not apply correctly to the wood you’re staining and are at risk of looking blotchy.
If you plan on applying any gloss or stain to a piece of wood, it is very important that you sand it down first. Failing to do this step will result in a wood surface that is not very smooth. Use sandpaper to smooth things down then make sure all dust s removed by brushing it with a cloth.
Make accurate lines and measurements by using a drafting square instead of a drywall square, yardstick or ruler. Drafting squares are smaller and easier to manage and are much more accurate than any of these tools. This is a handy tool to keep at your side because it is smaller. Additionally, drafting squares are very affordable, selling for about five bucks at any art supply store.
Go to the art supply store and get a drafting square. Carpenter squares are a hassle, and drywall squares are notoriously inaccurate. When you need an exact square several feet in width and length, a drafting square is a surefire winner. Once you use it a few times, you’ll likely use it just as much as a tape measure.
Your woodworking area should be well-lit. Bright light is needed when painting, staining or finishing projects. This will also help you find any areas that need extra sanding. Also, more lighting will help you to apply the stain evenly.
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.