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.
Woodworking can be a fun, and satisfying, hobby. However, it is very important to play it safe when working with tools, substances that cause fumes and other common dangers of the craft. Be sure to wear safety glasses, allow plenty of fresh air for ventilation when using oil-based products and always read the directions before you start anything!
Condition your wood with a pre-stain product. The benefit of using a conditioner is that it will help the stain to go on evenly, ensuring the best results possible. These conditioners are going to help smooth out the wood so that the stain can get into it more evenly.
In a pinch, you can use a hacksaw blade as a makeshift compass. Often you can’t find a compass when you need it in room, when you are away from your shop. You can quickly nail a hole in the middle of a hacksaw blade, then steady the pencil against the proper tooth to get the right length. Draw that circle.
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.
Always follow the owner’s manual when using one of your woodworking tools. Not knowing the manual’s recommendations can result in injury or failure of your tool, and you surely do not want either of these to happen to you. If you have not yet read your manuals do so right away!
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.
Always check blade conditions before you saw. Dull blades can make simple sawing nearly impossible. It will also increase your chances for error, which could cost you money in the end.
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.
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!