You don’t have to be a genius to work with wood. The fact is that all you need to be able to do is lift a hammer and measure accurately, along with having a good imagination. Of course, your skills need to improve, and the tips below will help you to do just that.
Use pre-stain conditioners if you’re going to stain the wood. This will help you to get an even finish when you stain. The conditioners will help smooth out the wood and facilitate even staining.
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.
Gel stains are great for furniture. Liquid stains tend to run when they are applied, while gel stains stick to the lumber better. Also, gel stains are thick and their pigment stays consistent.
Unless you are charging it, never leave your tools plugged in and unattended. You never know who might approach your tool, accidentally setting it off. Not only can this damage the items around it, but the person could be hurt and you could be left liable for the end result.
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.
Working with a table saw can be quite dangerous for people that have long hair. If you are one of these people, it would be a good idea for you to tie your hair up while you work. You don’t want any of your hair to get caught in the blades.
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.
If you have any pockets on the shirt you are wearing, remove everything from them before you start working with a table saw. It is very common for objects like pens and rulers to fall from your pocket and get caught in the blade, which can lead to some pretty serious injuries.
If you plan on applying any gloss or stain to a piece of wood, it is very important that you sand it down first. Failing to do this step will result in a wood surface that is not very smooth. Use sandpaper to smooth things down then make sure all dust s removed by brushing it with a cloth.
Look for free wood sources. Businesses will have leftover pallets, and construction areas may have scrap wood they don’t need. Look online and find ideas for using them.
Wear gloves when you are doing your woodworking projects. A natural part of woodworking is the risk of getting splinters and other injuries from the wood. If you find it difficult to work well with the gloves you should shop for a pair that does not hinder your performance so that you can be safe.
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.
When wiping excess stain off wood, wipe in the direction of the grain. Otherwise, the stain will just lay on top. Not only does this ensure that the stain is getting all the way into the grain, it will show off the grain of the wood to its best advantage.
Always wear protective glasses when using any type of saw, and ear protectors as well when you use power equipment. Chips and sawdust can destroy your vision if even a small piece flies into your eye. Woodworking is a great hobby, but it is important to stay safe while you work.
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.
Fumes from oil-based stains can be harmful to animals, as well as humans. To avoid fumes, try using a water-based stain. Water-based stain comes in a wide variety of colors, even more than their oil-based counterparts. And the application process is the same whether you are using oil, or water-based stain.
It is important that you wear proper clothing for woodworking jobs. Your clothes should fit closely to avoid having loose ends caught up in spinning equipment. If you have long hair, be sure to secure it to avoid having it become tangled in saws, drills and so on. Do not wear loose, dangling jewelry while woodworking as this could cause severe injury if it gets caught up in a power tool.
If you are new to woodworking, start small. Although you may be tempted to dive in to a difficult project, it is best to start small and slowly build your skills. Consider building a birdhouse or a shelf to help you learn your way around your woodworking shop and tools.
Once you master the basics of woodworking, these tips can help you get to the next level of skill. That will open you up to new projects you never thought you would be able to accomplish. The more you practice, the better you will become, so continue to enjoy this hobby as often as possible.