Finding your niche with woodworking as an art is a great thing. It’s fun and these tips will help you. Keep reading to find out all about woodworking, and prepare yourself for the fun that lies ahead.
You can make reusable sanding blocks. Cut 6 blocks from scrap wood in the size of the sandpaper you use. They need to be 2.5″ X4.75″. Apply spray adhesive to each of the tile squares and the blocks themselves. If the cork is too large, trim it with a utility knife. Apply a bit of adhesive to a sheet of sandpaper and place it onto the cork blocks facing down. Use a utility knife to trim the sandpaper around the edge of the block. Label each block.
Before using any stains or finishes on your wood, make sure you stir them and not shake them. Ingredients may have settled onto the bottom as they sat on the shelf. Shaking can cause bubbles which can negatively impact your results. Stir completely, allowing all settlement to blend evenly and smoothly.
In a pinch, you can use a hacksaw blade as a makeshift compass. Often you can’t find a compass when you need it in room, when you are away from your shop. You can quickly nail a hole in the middle of a hacksaw blade, then steady the pencil against the proper tooth to get the right length. Draw that circle.
Become more accurate by using a drafting square. If you need an accurate square that’s about 2″ to 3″, you have limited options. Drywall squares tend to be very inaccurate. With carpenter squares, you have to hook them onto your work piece’s edge. A drafting square can be easily used if you happen to have one lying around. If you don’t, they are pretty cheap to find at art stores. They are incredibly accurate and as useful as a tape measure.
Always wear safety glasses when you are doing anything that involves woodworking. If you do not take the time to put the glasses on you are taking a huge risk that is not sensible. Just think, if you lose your eye sight you will not be able to do woodworking every again.
Make sure your workbench is the proper height. It really can make a big difference. It needs to fit you and how you work. Usually if you are around 5’6″ to 5’9″ you probably need one that is between 33″ and 36″ high. If you are 5’10” or taller, you may need one that is between 35″ and 37″ high. Use your bench at its current height to determine if you need to change it to work better for you.
Use your tin snips to make quick work of trimming wood laminate. They make cutting the laminate to the right sizes effortless. You should buy tin snips that you will use specifically for cutting laminate to make sure they stay sharp.
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.
Add a stair gauge to the shop that you create. They are most often used to layout stair jacks, but you can use them to clamp your carpenter’s square. This can make a carpenter’s square serve as a guide for a circular saw. Using the square can help you get straight cuts each time.
For people who love woodworking, understanding that your projects do not need to be perfect is important. Each creation is unique and has personality. Read these tips to become better at woodworking, and remember, practice makes perfect!