You would be surprised how often good woodworking skills come in handy through life. Even if you don’t work as a full time artist or in the field of construction, the day may come you want to build yourself a deck, or do crafts with your kids. Read on for some useful tips that will educate you about wood and how to work it.
Even if you have been doing woodworking for some time you may want to consider taking a class. There are different levels of classes available, so you should be able to find one that teaches you something and is challenging. There is never too much that you can know about woodworking.
When learning a new woodworking technique, practice it over and over again. Repetition is the best way to learn these skills. So find some cheap wood (scrap wood works), and go at it for some time to hone your skills. This will make it so you’re less likely to make mistakes during important projects.
Whenever you work with power tools, be sure your clothing is tucked in properly. Any loose clothing or long, dangling hair or jewelry can easily become tangled in the tool, leading to injury or other disaster. Tuck everything in, pull back your hair, take off dangling jewelry and then get down to work.
Glue can cause nasty stains on your finished work. You can eliminate stains easily using a piece of tape. First, clamp your wood together without any glue. Put a piece of tape over the joint. Cut the tape on the joint with a sharp knife. You can now clamp the wood together with glue and any excess will ooze onto the tape, not the wood.
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.
Ensure the blade is in proper condition prior to sawing. A dull blade can’t efficiently get the job done. This can cause costly mistakes in your project. Checking your saw blades before hand is a lot easier than losing money and time.
Plan out your project and go over it a few times before you start. This will help prevent you from making mistakes that will ruin your project. You do not want to start it all over again, so plan it out well before you cut, screw or nail anything together.
Never cut any pieces of wood without checking for nails, screws and other metal. While donning a pair of goggles keeps your eyes protected, you are still at risk for other injuries. Inspect every piece of wood whether you are re-purposing it or using new lumber. You are better safe than sorry with this safety tip, and checking the boards only takes a few minutes of your time.
There are some basic tools needed for woodworking projects. These include a saw, hammer, files, level, square and measuring tapes. Larger pieces of equipment you may need are different types of electrical powered saws and sanders. The power tools can be quite expensive, and you may not need them unless you do a lot of woodworking projects.
Wood is an expensive material to work with. It becomes really expensive when you are working on larger projects. Save some money by using cheaper and less attractive woods for areas of the project that are not on display. Save the high quality wood for the structure, tops and front of the project.
When starting out in woodworking, buy the tools you’ll need immediately. Later buy more tools as the need comes up. Don’t spend a fortune decking out a shop at first. You’ll find there are many tools you won’t ever use. You’ll also find you can often make due with the tools you already have on hand rather than spending more money.
When working on heaving woodworking machinery, like a band saw, or a lathe, keep distractions to a minimum. One slip can cause the ruin of your project. No only that, but you can get injured as well. Always pay 100% attention to what you are doing and keep your eye on your work.
A good woodworker knows his wood. You must familiarize yourself with things, such as the difference between softwood and hardwood. Learn the different kinds of grain, and what types of wood are best for indoor, and outdoor use. It is also wise to know about the cost of different wood types. Cost can affect your decision about which wood you will choose for a project.
After reading this article you know more about working with wood than you knew before. This will help you with any woodworking project you attempt. Think about what you now know, and consider just what possibilities might exist for you with your new knowledge.