Are you able to work with your hands? Do you find measuring to exact dimensions is simple for you? Would you love to be able to create useful products in your spare time? If so, the hobby of woodworking is truly for you. In fact, you might even be able to turn it into a career with the tips below.
Use hot glue instead of clamps for little things. When cutting, filing, sanding, or finishing something small, use the hot glue gun to glue the piece to your pedestal stick. The glue holds holds just like clamps, if not better than clamps. It also works great for things that clamps will not work on. When you finish your project, loosen it gently with a putty knife.
Add a stair gauge to the shop that you create. They are used often to layout jacks for stairs, but they can also be clamped to your carpenter’s square. This will make them into guides for a circular saw. Also, it will improve the quality of each cut.
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.
Before beginning to cut any wood, ensure your blade is sharp and in good working order. A dull blade will make you work too hard. Dull blades can also create expensive mistakes.
Your grip can use some extra spring. A spring clamp may be useful sometimes, but only if you can use more than one hand. These clamps may be difficult to open with one hand. However, you can make things easier on yourself. It’s a good idea to get all of your clamps assembled on a piece of scrap wood before beginning a glue-up project. This allows you to use one hand because it will put them close to their maximum capacity.
Working with a table saw can be quite dangerous for people that have long hair. If you are one of these people, it would be a good idea for you to tie your hair up while you work. You don’t want any of your hair to get caught in the blades.
Make sure that you have the proper ear protection. The machinery used in woodworking is noisy. Exposure over a long period of time can be bad on your hearing. Get a pair of inexpensive ear plugs, or buy a great pair of noise canceling headphones. Use them anytime you are using the machinery.
Regardless of your current skill level, the tips above should help you improve your technique. Take each into your mind as you use them when you work. If you can integrate them into your current procedures, you’ll find that the time you spend working with wood will improve day by day.