It is very exciting getting into the art of woodworking. However, with it being such a large field, many people can feel a little uneasy trying to start out. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, embrace the following tips, and get started today putting your skills to work with some wood.
Woodworking can be expensive. The actual wood is one of the most expensive parts of any project. The rest of the cost is usually labor, glue and hardware. Sometimes you can save some money by buying a cheaper grade of wood for areas of your project that are not visible. Areas like drawers, backs and bottoms are excellent places to use this wood.
Even if you have been doing woodworking for some time you may want to consider taking a class. There are different levels of classes available, so you should be able to find one that teaches you something and is challenging. There is never too much that you can know about woodworking.
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 trying woodworking for the first time, opt for cheaper woods or even scrap woods. You are going to make mistakes along the way when you are first starting. Make sure you make those mistakes on wood that’s easily replaceable. There’s nothing worse than making a rookie mistake on a very expensive piece.
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.
Whenever you work with power tools, be sure your clothing is tucked in properly. Any loose clothing or long, dangling hair or jewelry can easily become tangled in the tool, leading to injury or other disaster. Tuck everything in, pull back your hair, take off dangling jewelry and then get down to work.
You should know how to work with wood while using hand tools as well as power tools. If you are doing one quick action, it may be in your best interest to use a hand tool, but if you are completing a larger task, power tools will save you a lot of time.
Before even beginning a woodworking project, make sure you have an adequate and proper place to work in. You definitely don’t want your living space filled with sawdust. Some woodworking supplies, such as stains, varnish and paint strippers, have noxious fumes. Ideally, you will have a detached garage or a shed to work in since an outside space is an ideal location.
Before you paint your wood project, make sure that you have properly sanded the piece. Start with a coarser grade of sand paper, then gradually change to a finer grade. After sanding, wipe your project with a tacky cloth to pick up residual wood dust. After that, your piece will be ready to be painted.
Woodworking is a craft enjoyed by young and old alike and has been treasured for centuries. In order to get the most out of it, you must be working towards honing your skills. So, use the tips that have been discussed to help you get going in the right direction today.