If you want to get into woodworking, then there are a few things you must learn first. Here you'll go over a few of the tips and tricks that the professionals use when they're working with wood. If you're like to learn a little more about this, then continue reading.
The reason why many power tools have guards on them is to keep you safe. Never remove the guards off of any of your tools. You may not understand why they are there, but they are there for a reason. They are there to protect you from sharp blades, moving parts and other things that could potentially hurt you.
Always select the correct wood for your project. When thinking of work with wood, there are some pieces of wood that aren't able to handle the stress other woods can. Take the time to learn about different types of wood and the qualities each of them has.
When you are working on a project, be sure to face your light directly on your working area. The bright light will enable you to detect any drips or runs you may not see otherwise. Missed areas will also be more visible. Be sure to always work in a well-ventilated area as well.
When learning a new woodworking technique, practice it over and over again. Repetition is the best way to learn these skills. So find some cheap wood (scrap wood works), and go at it for some time to hone your skills. This will make it so you're less likely to make mistakes during important projects.
If you enjoy doing woodworking as a hobby, try to use all the materials that you buy and throw away as little as possible. Scrap pieces of plywood or hard wood can be used as sanding blocks for future projects. You can also use scrap wood for wooden dowels in furniture making.
Make sure your workbench is the proper height. It really can make a big difference. It needs to fit you and how you work. Usually if you are around 5'6" to 5'9" you probably need one that is between 33" and 36" high. If you are 5'10" or taller, you may need one that is between 35" and 37" high. Use your bench at its current height to determine if you need to change it to work better for you.
Be safe when you first start out in woodworking. Wear the proper safety clothing, including goggles. You may feel silly, but you are dealing with sharp tools and splintering wood. These are things that can cause significant injuries to even the most seasoned woodworker. So be safe, and make sure all that are around you are safe too.
When you are tackling the sanding portion of your woodworking project be sure that you are using the best type of sandpaper. There are many different types available, and using the wrong type can lead to your project being ruined. If you are not sure you are using the right type you can find the correct information online with the click of a few buttons.
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.
When working with wood, consider the grade of wood you are using. Wood can be costly and it is not always necessary to use a high-cost wood. If budget is a concern, look at the durability and strength of different woods that may come in a little cheaper and still work for your project.
Try to find recycled wood you can use. There are a lot of places that will have scraps that they were going to throw away that you can use. Oftentimes, flooring and home improvement stores will discard wood scraps and unused wood. Use this to your advantage and try to find the pieces you need to work on your project. This can help you save a great deal of money.
Always clean and sharpen your woodworking tools after you use them. If you do not, the materials and debris left on your tools can make this a less effective cutting tool for your next project. Keeping them cleaned will also extend the life of your tools, saving you money in the long run.
Join a woodworking forum to get tips and suggestions on your work. You may know a lot about woodworking, but joining a group of people who are working on similar projects will motivate you. Not only that, but others can answer any questions you have. You can also answer questions for others.
If you use an orbital sander to smooth the surface of your project before finishing, move the sander very slowly. The recommended speed is one inch per second which is slower than most people sand. Going too fast can cause a small spiral pattern that does not show up until the finish is applied.
When using a water based stain or finish to raw wood, it is a good idea to raise the grain first. Apply water to the surface just before the final sanding and wait until it dries. The wood fibers will stand and you can remove them with minimal sanding before applying the finish.
Power tools are a must in a shop. You need a jigsaw, circular saw, table saw, drill and a power sander. It would be nice if the power sander were an orbital one, but any sander will do.
After reading through the text above it should be clear to you what you can do if woodworking is what you're interested in. Just like everything else, you have to be sure that you stay patient. Share these tips with others, and go over them again the next time you want to work on your woodworking skills.