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.
Woodworking can be expensive. The actual wood is one of the most expensive parts of any project. The rest of the cost is usually labor, glue and hardware. Sometimes you can save some money by buying a cheaper grade of wood for areas of your project that are not visible. Areas like drawers, backs and bottoms are excellent places to use this wood.
When creating your budget, never forget to add the each new tool that you will have to purchase. It’s easy to forget this when you are just focusing on the cost of the wood. If you don’t pay attention to these extra costs, you may find your project going over budget quickly.
When you are working with wood it is important that you take your time. Being hasty leaves you open to making plenty of mistakes. Instead of focusing on the amount of time it takes you to complete a project, do everything you can to keep your mind on the task at hand.
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.
Always be on the lookout for good woodworking tips. If you meet professionals, ask them for their best tips. If you find a magazine chock full with tips, pick it up so that you can keep it in your archive. Even record TV shows that have woodworking in them to glean any tips you my find there.
Never allow someone to watch while you are woodworking without wearing the same gear that you are wearing. Being anywhere near the tools is a hazard, even if they are not using them. Wood or parts of the tool could fly into the air and strike them just as they could you.
Only cut using sharp tools. Older and dull tools result in tear-outs and even chipping, which is frustrating and a waste of time. Sharp tools means you get clean cuts quickly. You’ll also spend a lot less time sanding things to get just the right look and fit that you need.
Fumes from oil-based stains can be harmful to animals, as well as humans. To avoid fumes, try using a water-based stain. Water-based stain comes in a wide variety of colors, even more than their oil-based counterparts. And the application process is the same whether you are using oil, or water-based stain.
Always disconnect the power of your power tools before you change blades or do any maintenance work on it. It is very dangerous to leave the electrical tool plugged in when you change blades. If the tool turned on, it would be a catastrophe. Always remember this tip to stay safe while woodworking.
When you start sanding, always use a fresh sheet of sanding paper. Using fresh sandpaper allows you to get the sanding done more quickly. It is also easier to sand with fresh sandpaper. Also, while sanding it is a good idea to check the sandpaper occasionally for clogging so you can change it as needed.
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.