Projects look better when you become familiar with the basic concepts of woodworking. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Mastering woodwork and carpentry are one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish but not impossible. If your interest in woodworking has recently been piqued and you have a list of projects you want to do, then all you need to know is some basic ideas and tips to accomplish your purpose.
Woodworking is an activity, skill, or hobby of making various products from wood. It is not an expensive task, but the costs of machinery and materials may quickly add up, depending on the nature of your projects. If you are a beginner, you can start with some easy projects like a simple wall shelf, candle holder, cup holder, and a few more. You can find DIY tutorials and simple project ideas in the woodworking toolkit that has been created specifically for beginners. From there, you can find projects that’ll inspire you to venture into a new area and become a better woodworker.
Regardless of the project you choose, you need to understand the basics: find out the type of equipment and materials that’ll be needed and learn different techniques to finish your project quickly and efficiently. Below are 10 tips to help you get started.
- Make A Half-Pencil
When tracing, marking, or shaping inlays, you can use a pencil vertically shaved in half. That makes it easy to ride the pencil straight up along the edge of the template. This nifty technique can help you measure and draw with precision and also save time.
- Sanding and Sandpaper
Sanding is the process of smoothing the rough surface of the wood fibers that are rendered uniformly rough before the application of paint. The tools used are sandpaper and sanders. It is basically used as a cutting tool to give the product a final touch.
Suppose, while making a wooden window shutter, in order to reach the corners and recesses of the wood, you can sand by hand using a sand block. It is basically a wooden block covered in sandpaper and used on flat surfaces and sharpened edges to give a professional look.
When sanding curves or forming a rounded edge, you can use a small notepad. Bend the notepad to form the desired arc, cover it with sandpaper, and sand the curves and hard-to-reach spots. You can also slip one end of the sandpaper inside the pad to hold it in place.
- Quick Mixing Surface
When working with wood, you’ll need epoxy or wood glue for your projects. Instead of using a container for small applications of epoxy, you can use painters’ tape on your working bench to create a mixing surface. Lay down the strips on your table, overlapping the edges so epoxy does not get on the bench. This’ll ensure quick access to the epoxy or wood glue and you can peel off the tape when done.
- Use A Brush
Always use a brush when clearing away wood shavings. When using your equipment for cutting the wood, there can be sharp shavings which, if cleaned by hand can result in an accident. Always keep a brush nearby to quickly remove the shreds to avoid mishaps.
- Bi-Fold Workbench
Usually, old full-sized doors are used as workbenches, however, they do take up a lot of space when not in use. To make better use of the space, bi-fold doors can work great as a workbench. With hinges in the middle, you can fold them up and place them in a corner after work. It is also easier to haul around in the pickup for on-the-road jobs.
- Hacksaw Blade To Cut Sandpaper
You can install a hacksaw blade at the edge or the side of your workbench to cut sandpaper. Cutting with a knife or scissors can quickly lead to the dullness of the steel. Therefore, a hacksaw blade with a little space to keep the sandpaper saves time and cuts the paper with precision.
- Old Wood Glue
If the wood glue has become old and very thick to use, do not throw it away. That glue can be used again. All you have to do is mix in 1 to 2 drops of vinegar and your glue is good to go.
- Use Magnets
When beginning to work with screws, nuts, bolts, or screwdrivers, it is a good idea to place them on large magnets at easily accessible locations where you can keep the little things handy.
- Use a Stain Sprayer
You can make your own stain sprayer by pouring the stain in a clean empty spray bottle. The sprayer will squirt stain in all hard-to-reach cracks and joints and then you can just simply remove the excess stain with a brush or rag.
- Use Paste Wax
You can rub a coating of paste wax in order to protect your furnishings. That’ll give a nice, slick look to your furniture and even if you drip glues on the surface, it won’t stick. It also protects the surface from abrasion, moisture, and dust.
There are many more tips and tricks available to make woodworking easier and fun. You can also come up with lots of solutions on your own once you start working. From measuring accurately, to drawing or tracing templates, to using brushes, equipment, and other tools effectively and efficiently, all of these require time and knowledge.
Woodworking isn’t easy but using some tips and tricks can turn your new hobby into a profession. Whether you want to make a porch chair or a tree swing, do your homework on the particular project and plan it out before going into action.
However, it poses danger to those who are new. So if you’re a beginner, you are advised to exercise caution when taking up on a project. In time, you’ll be able to figure out some tricks of your own and help out other newbies and professionals alike to reach their goals.