When I was a child, my grandfather had a workshop in his basement. He would supply us with wood, tools and hardware and we would create a myriad of imaginative crafts. If you have grown up with a love of woodwork, the tips below will help you master your craft.
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.
Select the correct wood to complete your project properly. Some woods are fragile and will break upon exertion. If you are unaware of whether a particular type of wood is suited to the project you want to build, invest some time researching it first.
One of the more recent developments in stains are gel stains. Stains that are liquid will run when you apply them, but gels tend to stick to lumber. Gel stains are also thicker, which means they have more consistent pigment throughout the stain. This gives a more even appearance to the finished product.
Always follow the owner’s manual when using one of your woodworking tools. Not knowing the manual’s recommendations can result in injury or failure of your tool, and you surely do not want either of these to happen to you. If you have not yet read your manuals do so right away!
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.
If the hinges to your interior door are loose, use a golf tee to fix the problem. Put the golf tee in the screw hole to prevent wiggling. Chop off the excess part of the tee, then replace the door. The golf tee will help the screw bite into something.
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.
Make sure that you are wearing the appropriate protective gear when you are working on your woodworking projects. Your safety is of primary importance. Eye protection can protect your eyes from flying wood debris. A pair of strong gloves can protect your hand from splinters. Make sure that you have these essentials before you start on any projects.
Always keep your work area clean and safe, even when you are not actually there. Leaving out pieces of lumber with nails in them or even power tools that are easily activated in your yard can be dangerous. You never know when animals or even neighborhood children might come romping through and hurt themselves.
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.
If you can take your love of working with wood and pass it on to your kids, you will imbue them with skills that last a lifetime. Use these tips to give them the right advice when it comes to completing their projects. That will ensure that they are able to keep this hobby going well into adulthood.