If you find that you are good with work that involves your hands, consider giving woodworking a try. From measuring to cutting to piecing things together, it is a fun way to spend your time. The tips below will help you get started on the right foot, ensuring your first project is a great one.
Before you get started on any woodworking project, do some research on the type of wood you will be using. Different types of wood absorb paint and stain differently, some too much, and some not enough. If you aren’t certain about what kind of wood you will need, just ask for help.
If you are renting a tool that’s new to you, ask the company you are renting from for a quick tutorial. Oftentimes, they have someone available to train you with the tool. You should also ask if there are any handouts available that will familiarize you with the tool.
Keep all of your woodworking tools in a safe and dry place. You want to be sure that your tools are not in reach of children, as well as that they will be safe from moisture and other elements that can cause them to degrade at high rate. Follow this rule and your tools will last a long time.
Take your time when using an electrical saw to cut your wood. If you are doing a woodworking project and try to do it quickly you are risking injury as well as are more likely to make a mistake. Be sure to not even try to start something if you do not have plenty of 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 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.
Don’t only rely on a tape measure. You may find a story stick useful, and you have the option of gradually working toward making a cut. Using scrap wood for a practice cut is a good way to experiment with your project. When you plan your cuts properly, you’ll do a better job.
Try to find wood that has been recycled. Scraps can be discarded which are a boon for your projects. Some places include big box stores, other woodworkers and floor shops. Look for pieces of wood that you can use in your projects. You can save a bit of money this way.
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.
Clean tools last longer; therefore, it is important to clean your tools after each use. Dip a shop rag into a small amount of acetone and wipe each tool to remove any build-up. Afterwards, dip a different shop rag into machine oil and wipe the metal of each tool to help prevent rusting.
Join a woodworking forum to get tips and suggestions on your work. You may know a lot about woodworking, but joining a group of people who are working on similar projects will motivate you. Not only that, but others can answer any questions you have. You can also answer questions for others.
If you don’t want glue to stain the piece of wood you’re working on, it’s a good idea to use tape first. Clamp together the two pieces you want to glue, and then put tape on the joints. Then use a sharp knife to cut the piecs apart. That way, when you glue together your wood, excess glue will get on tape and not the wood.
If you are good with your hands, woodworking is the activity for you. Take your time to absorb the knowledge you have gained here and you’ll find that entering the world of working with wood becomes easier. In the end, you’ll find success with your projects and a new hobby to enjoy.