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.
The reason why many power tools have guards on them is to keep you safe. Never remove the guards off of any of your tools. You may not understand why they are there, but they are there for a reason. They are there to protect you from sharp blades, moving parts and other things that could potentially hurt you.
Using a good wood glue can make joined pieces even stronger than the wood itself. The key to strength in a glued joint is the amount of time the glue takes to set. Glue that takes longer to cure is better than quick setting glue. Slower setting glue has more time to penetrate into the fibers of the wood, which enhances the strength of the joint.
Remember the quote, “Measure twice, cut once.” When it comes to cutting wood, you always want to ensure you have the right measurements before you begin cutting. Otherwise, you will have to buy more wood, which will cost you a lot of money. You can avoid this dilemma by ensuring proper measurements.
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.
When you are new at woodworking and starting to collect your tools, purchase simple tools to begin with. Try your hand at a few projects to make sure you want to continue before you invest in expensive tools. You can save money and get better quality tools when you buy used tools.
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.
When applying stain, work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. When you make sure your project is under the strongest light in your work area, you more easily spot drips, runs and any spots you missed. Ventilation is also important to protect your health, and even on small projects, strong fumes can affect you by making you feel sick or giving you a headache.
Do you find that your joint compound seems to dry out in between uses? There is a simple fix to help keep your joint compound moist. Simply pour a small amount of water on top of your joint compound before sealing it. The next time you need to use the joint compound, drain off the excess water and your joint compound will be perfectly moist.
Make use one of the beveled inner part of a pencil sharpener. If you mount it on a small shaft, you can use it in a drill. It a good tool for shaping smaller pieces. When it gets dull, just sharpen it on an emery cloth by running the drill on a slow speed.
Keep in touch. Your workshop may be a small, personal space with no access to the Internet. Still you may get stumped from time to time on various projects. Reach out to other woodworkers for both support as well as answers and ideas. No woodworking problem will ever present itself to you that someone else hasn’t battled before.
When wiping excess stain off wood, wipe in the direction of the grain. Otherwise, the stain will just lay on top. Not only does this ensure that the stain is getting all the way into the grain, it will show off the grain of the wood to its best advantage.
Before beginning your woodworking project, create a space to work. Be it the garage, attic, or extra room, your space needs to have enough space to house your tools and supplies. Keeping all of your woodworking tools and materials in the same place allows you to work with a minimum of interruptions.
If you are new to woodworking, you may be tempted to choose something for your first project that is too complicated, or large for you to handle. This can lead to frustration, or giving up too quickly. Instead, choose something simple, like a birdhouse, that you can do a great job on, and get the feel of your new tools and supplies. Then move on to something bigger.
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.