Working with wood is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself while you make something useful or decorative. If you enjoy woodworking, it can just be a hobby you do in your spare time, or it can be the foundation of a successful business. For some more great advice on woodworking, keep reading.
Before staining your project, test the stain in a hard to see area, or, better yet, on a piece of scrap wood of the same type. This helps you to not be shocked when you see the finished product. This will go a long way in preventing disappointment.
If you will be re-coating an existing finish, be sure that the surface is clean and free of any wax or oils. Then, let it dry completely, and lightly scuff the surface with a 220-grit sandpaper so that the finish you are applying will have something to hold onto.
When you install your hacksaw blade, make sure the teeth face forward. They are designed to cut when pushed using a forward stroke instead of a pulled stroke. Some of these blades have arrows pointing toward the handles that show the correct way to install them. Install it making sure it is tight and cannot bend. When you do lots of cutting, your blade heats up and expands, so make sure you tighten it before it begins bending.
If you have a high skill level when it comes to woodworking you may want to think about taking some time to share your knowledge with others. You can keep it simple by recording what you do step-by-step or you could take it to a higher level and teach a class.
Before you cut into a piece of wood, you need to inspect it to make sure there are not any pieces of metal in the wood. Screws, nails, staples and other metallic object will not only damage your blades, but also pose a safety hazard. Always inspect the wood before you cut.
Always clean up sanding dust thoroughly before staining or applying a topcoat. If you want a smooth finish, dust is your enemy. Use a vacuum over blowing dust into the air because it settles back onto the wood, and use a damp cloth to ensure all dust is removed from the wood in your final cleanup prior to staining or applying a top coat.
Plan out your project and go over it a few times before you start. This will help prevent you from making mistakes that will ruin your project. You do not want to start it all over again, so plan it out well before you cut, screw or nail anything together.
If you are working on your projects in your garage, keep your garage door open. You will be created a lot of wood dust. An open garage door allows your work area to be properly ventilated. Also, during the day, you work area will be better lighted with the garage door opened.
If you do woodworking at home, create a well-lit, organized area in your home or garage to serve as your workshop or hobby area. Keeping your tools and supplies in one place and well-organized keeps you safer, more productive and enjoying the time spent working on your projects. This is important whether you have a large or small workshop, so set up the space with both lighting and organization at the top of your workshop to-do list.
Woodworking is an activity that you can enjoy for your entire life. You can do it in your spare time, or you can turn it into a lucrative career. No matter why you want to work with wood, the tips you have just read can help. Put them into practice the next time you pick up a piece of wood.