Woodworking is a pleasure that many people never get to experience. This is not because they don’t want to work with wood. Rather, it is because they think they don’t have the skills. Woodworking skills are not something you are born with, however. They can easily be acquired. Keep reading to find out how easy it is.
When trying woodworking for the first time, opt for cheaper woods or even scrap woods. You are going to make mistakes along the way when you are first starting. Make sure you make those mistakes on wood that’s easily replaceable. There’s nothing worse than making a rookie mistake on a very expensive piece.
Make sure your work area is safe, well-lit and organized. Working with woods is difficult work, and it is dangerous work when your work area is dim and there are safety hazards in the area. Make sure there are no spills, tripping hazards and other safety hazards that are a disaster waiting to happen.
Check out your local library for books on woodworking. You will likely find books that contain tips, special skills or even step-by-step guides that can take you from start to finish on a project. A library can be wonderful source of information that people tend to forget when they are looking for knowledge, so do not let this resource slip your mind.
A stair gauge is a great tool to keep in your shop. They not only assist with stair jack layouts, but can also be used when your carpenter’s square needs to be clamped. By doing this, your carpenter’s square can turn into a circular saw guide. This will help you with making straight cuts each and every time.
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.
When you find a nice level spot on your workshop floor for your table saw, it can be difficult finding the same spot after you put your saw away. When you do find a level spot, use duct tape on the floor so you know where to position your table saw next time you need it.
Always look for free wood around your neighborhood. Businesses sometimes give wood away, particularly if you are willing to load it up and carry it off. Have a look on the Internet for projects using pallets, you will be amazed at some of the furniture created from them.
When you are applying a finish to your completed project, make sure you work in a dust free environment. It is important to sand the wood of your project before applying varnish or paint, and sand it between coats with fine sandpaper. Use extremely fine steel wool before applying the final coat of finish.
You can make a customized color of stain, but make sure the stains you are using are from the same manufacturer. Be sure that you use either all water-based stain, or all oil-based. Never mix the two. Finally, be certain to write down the exact amounts you used of each, so that the color can be duplicated if desired.
When using a water based stain or finish to raw wood, it is a good idea to raise the grain first. Apply water to the surface just before the final sanding and wait until it dries. The wood fibers will stand and you can remove them with minimal sanding before applying the finish.
Make sure that your work space is always very brightly lit. It is very dangerous to use machinery in an area that is not optimally lit. If you do not have the fixtures needed you should invest in high quality lamps so that you are not at risk for injury from not being able to see well.
Plan on paper before starting a project. It’s easier to plan for the costs and avoid getting too much or too little. For example, knowing exactly how much lumber you need will make your whole project easier. If you plan ahead it will be a smooth process.
Try to learn as much you can about the new technologies available to you for your woodworking needs. Because of advances in precision tools in recent years you can likely find the things that you need so that you can do a perfect job every time that you tackle a woodworking project.
Now that you have read this information, you are aware that you can engage in woodworking. You already have some of the necessary skills. What skills you lack, you can acquire. Put these tips into practice, and you’ll soon be building like you never imagined. Enjoy your new hobby to its fullest!