Look around as you move throughout your day. You see examples of man’s mastery of woodworking everywhere. From mailbox posts to pieces of furniture and art to full buildings, the power to use wood to create is a reason why civilization even gets to exists in many corners of the world. If you want to empower yourself with this skill, keep reading.
Organize your shop’s extension cords to keep your shop safe and tidy. You can make your own cord keeper with nothing more than a scrap piece of wood. Simply cut a piece of wood in the shape of an I and wrap each of your extension cords around the wood.
If you’re using stain, test it first on a scrap of wood. This makes sure that you won’t run into any surprises. Wood is not always predictable, so you can stay away from disappointment and mistakes with this easy test.
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.
When sanding a piece of lumber, a lot of sawdust and debris is produced. To help remove those bits of dust and debris from your project vacuum the area. Then, remove the remaining debris using a tack cloth. Wipe both sides of the lumber to remove all traces of debris for best results.
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.
If there is a joint in your work that does not fit together properly, this cannot be fixed with glue. While it may seem like the simple way to fix things, it will only work temporarily. The best thing to do would be to start over and be more careful the next time.
If you find that there is rust on any of your woodworking tools there is a rather easy solution. As long as the rust is just on surface, all you need to do is use a pumice stone on the spot. Be sure to scrub gently, as being too rough can lead to you damaging the tool itself.
If you have any pockets on the shirt you are wearing, remove everything from them before you start working with a table saw. It is very common for objects like pens and rulers to fall from your pocket and get caught in the blade, which can lead to some pretty serious injuries.
Is there a loose screw which you just can’t get at? Your toolbox contains the answer. Get yourself a long screwdriver along with a 12-point socket. Put the socket on your screwdriver and then attach your favorite ratchet.
Keep your work area as clean as possible. Woodworking creates a lot of mess, especially dust. This dust can get into your home and eventually into your lungs. This can cause real health problems down the road for you and your family. So take a few minutes after a job, and sweep up your space.
Keep your woodworking tools well sharpened. Dull tools produce messy work and can be hard to use. Not only that, but it can injure you if you have to use excessive force to cut. A sharp tool gives you a cleaner and more efficient cut. You can really notice the difference.
Develop good safety habits when beginning your woodworking hobby. It is easy to disregard safety, thinking that it doesn’t really matter if you wear safety glasses, for example. You’ll change your mind the first time you sustain an injury while doing something you enjoy. So start right – think safety!
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.
Now that you have read this article, you know a few things about getting started successfully in woodworking. Use the ideas here to do a project that improves your life. Perhaps you build yourself a deck. Maybe you give new life to a piece of furniture someone got rid of. Whatever your inspiration, this article gave you the knowledge to get some woodworking done!