The craft of woodworking can be applied to several end products. These include wood furniture, interior finishes such as built-in bookshelves and banisters and kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Most cabinets are built in an off-site cabinet shop and then the finished product is installed in the home by the builder.
Before you get started on any woodworking project, do some research on the type of wood you will be using. Different types of wood absorb paint and stain differently, some too much, and some not enough. If you aren’t certain about what kind of wood you will need, just ask for help.
Make sure your work area is safe, well-lit and organized. Working with woods is difficult work, and it is dangerous work when your work area is dim and there are safety hazards in the area. Make sure there are no spills, tripping hazards and other safety hazards that are a disaster waiting to happen.
Many people use utility knives to cut veneer. This can be very dangerous; however, take heart, there is a better way. When cutting veneer, consider using a rotary cutting tool. These inexpensive tools can be purchased in your local fabric shop. Rotary cutting tools allow you to trim veneer to the perfect size.
Sometimes a little bit of glue is better than a clamp. Every woodworking shop should have a hot glue gun. Hot glue will hold small pieces better than any clamp ever could, if you could even maneuver one in place. When you are done, just gently pry loose with a putty knife.
Use a socket when drawing an arc. Most shop owners have a variety of sockets that can be used for a variety of radii. For example, if you are wanting a radius of 10 millimeters, reach into your toolbox and grab a metric socket that size. You will get a perfect arc each time using this technique.
Learn from woodworking experts. In fact, you could even search out a mentor that you can shadow to learn best woodworking practices. Seeing these skills in motion are some of the best ways to pick up and really own different woodworking techniques. And you may even make a long term friend in the process.
Wood is an expensive material to work with. It becomes really expensive when you are working on larger projects. Save some money by using cheaper and less attractive woods for areas of the project that are not on display. Save the high quality wood for the structure, tops and front of the project.
Clean tools last longer; therefore, it is important to clean your tools after each use. Dip a shop rag into a small amount of acetone and wipe each tool to remove any build-up. Afterwards, dip a different shop rag into machine oil and wipe the metal of each tool to help prevent rusting.
You can make your own router base using quarter-inch acrylic, which is easy to purchase at a home improvement center. This type of homemade router base is stronger and more reliable than the type that comes with a router. You will get a better and more accurate straight edge due to the superior strength and stability of this material. Just use the base that came with your router as a pattern to create your own durable router base using an acrylic sheet.
Cabinet making is a trade that requires great skill to produce beautifully detailed work. Most cabinet makers begin as an apprentice in an established shop to learn the basics of the trade. If you are someone who loves to work with wood and appreciate its beauty, this article can help you get started in the business.