Woodworking can be a great hobby for people from all walks of life. Whether you are an expert, or are just getting started, there is always something new for you to learn about the woodworking skill. If you like to learn more about this hobby you should read the article that follows below for some great advice.
Organize your shop’s extension cords to keep your shop safe and tidy. You can make your own cord keeper with nothing more than a scrap piece of wood. Simply cut a piece of wood in the shape of an I and wrap each of your extension cords around the wood.
Check out the selection of videos available on YouTube if you would like to learn more about the hobby of woodworking. There are so many videos available from people of all skill levels that you will never be able to watch them all. You can even search for specific skills that you would like to learn.
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.
Always clean up sanding dust thoroughly before staining or applying a topcoat. If you want a smooth finish, dust is your enemy. Use a vacuum over blowing dust into the air because it settles back onto the wood, and use a damp cloth to ensure all dust is removed from the wood in your final cleanup prior to staining or applying a top coat.
If you are going to be doing a big woodworking project on the outside of your home, check to make sure it is within the rules. Your local government may have zoning regulations or even a permit process needed for structures like garages, decks and even storage sheds. Also check with your neighborhood association if there is one.
When applying stain, work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. When you make sure your project is under the strongest light in your work area, you more easily spot drips, runs and any spots you missed. Ventilation is also important to protect your health, and even on small projects, strong fumes can affect you by making you feel sick or giving you a headache.
Watch for ways to get free wood in your area. A lot of businesses will have wooden pallets they’re trying to get rid of, and you may be able to pick them up. Before you take the pallets apart, look online for pallet furniture ideas.
Never cut any pieces of wood without checking for nails, screws and other metal. While donning a pair of goggles keeps your eyes protected, you are still at risk for other injuries. Inspect every piece of wood whether you are re-purposing it or using new lumber. You are better safe than sorry with this safety tip, and checking the boards only takes a few minutes of your time.
Make use one of the beveled inner part of a pencil sharpener. If you mount it on a small shaft, you can use it in a drill. It a good tool for shaping smaller pieces. When it gets dull, just sharpen it on an emery cloth by running the drill on a slow speed.
Build the best that you can. What this means is to not get lost in chasing perfectionism or analysis paralysis. Be honest with yourself about how good you are and cater to your strengths. Be proud of what you are able to do with woodworking, and do what you can to learn specific skills that improve on what you already have mastered.
Keep your woodworking tools well sharpened. Dull tools produce messy work and can be hard to use. Not only that, but it can injure you if you have to use excessive force to cut. A sharp tool gives you a cleaner and more efficient cut. You can really notice the difference.
If you are making something from a set of plans, read through the plans before you begin. You need to make sure that you understand every step so there will be no surprises. Knowing what step comes next can help you plan out the current step. This will help you be more prepared in your projects.
Always wear proper eye protection before using any power tools. Wood chips can fly and stab you in the eye resulting in a trip to the emergency room. To protect yourself wear safety glasses that have side shield to help protect your eyes from flying debris produced from using power tools.
Choose the right gloves for every woodworking job. If you need fine motor skills, you should use more modern, high tech gloves of a thin, fine, strong, flexible material. When doing more coarse woodworking jobs in cold, damp weather, use pigskin gloves that insulate well and deflect moisture from your skin.
If you use an orbital sander to smooth the surface of your project before finishing, move the sander very slowly. The recommended speed is one inch per second which is slower than most people sand. Going too fast can cause a small spiral pattern that does not show up until the finish is applied.
As you read at the beginning of this article, there is so much that you can learn about woodworking that you will never know everything. However, even though that is a fact, there is no reason to not try. Now that you read this article you know a little more, and continuing to learn will only lead you to being a better woodworker.