It’s great fun to start woodworking. However, the field is vast and it is hard to understand where to begin. Don’t worry, just take it step by step. This post can be a big help for you to begin.
Safety always comes first. Use the tools correctly and wear the right equipment. Always keep safety guards in place on power tools. Nasty injuries are no way to end a woodworking project.
Gel stains are fantastic when you stain furniture. Liquid-based stain often runs on application, and gel stains stay put much better. Also, gel stains are thick, so they tend to stain more evenly.
If you plan on staining your project, try using pre-stain conditioner on your wooden surfaces. Using this conditioner will reduce the amount of blotching or unevenness on your finished project. These applications even out the stain on the wood.
You can make your own reusable sanding blocks. Use your scrap pieces of 3/4″ plywood and cut as many blocks as you need for the sandpaper grits you use the most. Try to be certain that they measure roughly 2.5 inches by 4.75 inches. Spray some adhesive on your blocks and on the cork tile. Stick one block to your cork and be sure to cut your cork flush using a utility knife. Use spray glue on sandpaper and stick it to the block. Cut the sandpaper flush and label the block.
When creating crosscut guides, use a stair gauge. Clamp them to carpenter’s squares and be sure they match the runs and rises of the stair jacks. Mark each notch. When you combine them on your carpenter’s square’s tongue, they’ll guide your crosscuts for you.
If you rent a tool that you have not used before, make sure to get some tips on how to operate it. Many times the people who work there will give you a quick demonstration on how to correctly use the tool. Also ask if they have a user’s guide for it.
Be sure you have some kind of an idea of what you can budget your money on. A lot of the times your eyes will be larger than your wallet when thinking of a woodworking project. You may be excited to create start a new project, only to be disappointed half way to completion when you run out of funds. Do the math before you start, and you can avoid an unpleasant surprise.
On the road to being a master of woodworking, the advice above will be a big help. Continue learning about this skill and continue to be excited about creating art with wood. Explore the creative possibilities before you.