Finding your place in woodworking as an art is a great thing. Keep reading to learn all about it and be ready to enjoy hours of fun.
Consider making sanding blocks that can reuse time and again. Start by cutting six blocks from scrap 3/4″ plywood for every sandpaper grits you need to use. They should be about 4.75″ x 4.75″. Spray adhesive is what you use on both the blocks and a piece of cork. Put adhesive on the sandpaper sheet and then apply to the cork.
Test stain before you apply it to the wood you are using in an area that will not be seen or on a scrap piece of wood. This will help you avoid any surprises in case your stain color is different after it has been applied.
Always stir your stains and finishes instead of shaking. The ingredients can settle. Shaking the can may cause bubbles that hinder the contents to bubble and prevent proper mixing. Stir until the solution is even so that everything is even.
Never use your fingers like a slim piece of wood. Use a thin and long strip of wood instead to maximize safety. This will prevent you keep your fingers.
You should have a working knowledge about the different types of wood available to you and their many characteristics. Each type of wood piece is different.Different cuts of wood will have different effects on splintering. You will also see a wide range of different grain types. All of these characteristics factor into your wood block.
Look for some free wood. Some businesses may have excess wood pallets lying around and they’d be willing to just give it to you. Look online for using them.
Wear safe footwear whenever you are working on your wood projects. You want to make sure that your feet won’t get hurt by stepping on a nail or kick something heavy. You need to have sturdy shoes for the environment you are working in.
Look around for recycled wood. There are many places that use wood and discard scraps that can be useful. Flooring stores and construction companies toss old wood. Use this to your advantage and see if they have something you can use for pieces you can use. This also be a bit of money.
Drinking beer and woodworking may seem like fun. But you should never do that while using saws. Avoid using any alcohol while working around power tools. This is also true for prescription medications or pharmaceutical agents.
Don’t lose touch with other people. Your woodworking shop likely is your personal space and not even have the Internet. There will be moments when you get stuck on a particular problem within a larger project. You will probably never find a problem that someone hasn’t had before you and asked about.
Perfection is never the goal when you are creating your own wood-worked items. Each creation is unique and has personality. As you develop your skills, you’ll get better at woodworking.