Most people don’t know much about the hobby of woodworking. They think it’s just a matter of cutting some wood, slapping it together and calling it a success. The fact is that there is more to it than that, and the tips below will guide you through the process.
Use stop blocks to your advantage for more accurate work. When cutting a lot of pieces the same size, no matter how carefully you measure, you often find small variations. Use a pre-cut stop block to make those measurements pinpoint accurate. Then the table saw will stop at just the right length length.
If you mark your intended cuts with pencil lines, try not to actually cut them! You might be lined up at first, but it is possible to get a little off later in the cut, resulting in pieces that fit less that perfectly. It’s better to cut the edge of the pencil line and then sand the rest of the marking off.
If you are new to woodworking, stick with a cheap and effective tool bag. Many of the tools to start with are under a couple hundred dollars and very easy to find and use for basic projects. These tools include a benchtop tablesaw, a jigsaw or sabre saw, a circular saw, a random orbit sander, a corded or cordless drill, a fixed-base or plunge router, and a pipe and small bar clamps.
Look out for old furniture getting thrown out. You can often find pieces that are free or which are very cheap. Take a moment to consider possibilities before dismissing anything. A dresser may be broken but the drawers might be able to be reused.
When you are applying a finish to your completed project, make sure you work in a dust free environment. It is important to sand the wood of your project before applying varnish or paint, and sand it between coats with fine sandpaper. Use extremely fine steel wool before applying the final coat of finish.
If you have young children around, make sure that they know the ground rules about your woodworking area. They should never be in your work area without close supervision. Also, they should never sneak up on you from behind. When you are startled, you may injure yourself with a tool.
As you learn more about woodworking, you’ll find that things become easier. You’ll be able to plan out your projects better, complete them on time and have end results which are impressive. Use this new knowledge to make your hobby the best it has ever been, time and time again.