It is super easy and fun to start practicing woodworking. While this is something that true, it is a big field that can be hard to get started in. But don’t fret, just take a baby steps forward. This article is here to help you do that.
Be safety conscious when working with wood. Be sure to follow all safety directions when using power tools. Always keep the tool guards on, since they are there to keep you safe. You can’t complete the project if you end up hurting yourself.
Use a pre-stain wood conditioner before applying a stain. These conditioners will make the finished project look better. They will smooth out uneven texture and let the stains penetrate the wood evenly.
Make your own reusable sanding blocks. Make a list of each sandpaper grit that you typically use, and then cut a full six blocks for each from scrap plywood, 3/4″ thick. Be sure that the measurements are around two-and-a-half inches by four-and-three-quarters inches. Spray some adhesive on your blocks and on the cork tile. Put one block on the cork, and then cut it flush with a knife. You can then spray adhesive on some sandpaper and place it on the corks. Cut the sandpaper flush and label the block.
Try using a stair gauge as a crosscut guide. All you need to do is affix them to a square and then affirm that it is set as you would like the angles to be. Mark the notches in them. If you put them on the same tongue of your carpenter’s square, the combination that you can make will be a great circular saw crosscut guide.
Do you know how to find the best height for your workbench? Measure from the floor to your waist. This will be the optimum height for your ideal workbench.
Keeping a small ruler inside one of your pockets is a great idea, but it could fall out due to its size. Instead of wood, choose a metal rule and keep it with your magnet. The magnet will keep the ruler safely in your pocket.
Make sure to purchase and wear proper ear protection. Woodworking equipment can be very noisy. Continued exposure to the noise can cause some hearing loss. You can get disposable ear plugs or invest in a high quality pair of headphones. You must remember to use them every time you operate noisy equipment.
Do you need to tighten a screw, but can’t reach it? You can solve this problem. Grab your 12-point socket and a long-handled screwdriver. Fit the socket onto your screwdriver and attach it to your favorite ratchet.
Footwear is an important component of your safety equipment. Where you’re working there will be tools, nails, and wood pieces everywhere. Your feet deserve protection from the inevitable stepping on a nail as well as you accidentally kicking or dropping something heavy. Your footwear should make it safe for you to walk around.
You are preparing to turn yourself into a master woodworker. Keep learning what goes into this kind of craft so that you’re able to be excited when you work on woodworking projects. There are limitless possibilities for what you can create.