If you are now or ever have been good with working with your hands, then you should try to do woodworking. Woodworking is an art-form that spans the centuries. People still appreciate the look of a great wood piece, and with the following tips you can improve your skill.
Be safety conscious when working with wood. Make sure you know how to use power tools properly and always wear safety equipment. Safety guards are on tools for a good reason and should never be removed. You can’t complete the project if you end up hurting yourself.
If you are going to be staining your woodworking project, use a pre-stain conditioner on the wood. If you use pre-stain conditioners on your project, you’re going to be not as likely to have irregularities on the project when you’re done. It will also help to improve the appearance of the wood itself, as wood has a natural grain and the conditioner fills it in to some degree.
When using stains or finishes, be sure to stir them, rather than shake them. Some ingredients in these products may settle over time. Shaking can cause bubbling which prevents the products from mixing properly. Stir until everything is dispersed smoothly and evenly.
When you have woodworking pieces ready for final assembly, always remember to run them through a quick dry-fit before you break out the glue. If you don’t and then try to do adjustments, chances are you’ll create damage to your project. Dry-fits help you see what components go in what locations.
Add some extra spring to your grip. There are some times when you have to try using a spring clamp, but you may just be only able to use a single hand. Opening these with only one hand can be difficult. There is a way to make it easier. Before you begin a glue-up, place all the clamps that you need on a random scrap of wood using both free hands. This puts them near their maximum capacity so that you can easily use them one-handed.
Do you currently have a screw that needs some tightening but is not easy to reach? Your toolbox has the answer. Just grab a 12-point socket set. Fit the socket onto your screwdriver and attach it to your favorite ratchet.
Working with your hands has never been more fulfilling. You should be ready to start working on a woodworking project after reading this article. Use what you learned and have a great time with woodworking.