The art of working with wood has so much to offer. From the very skilled woodworkers who do woodworking for a living or the weekend woodworker who does it just for fun, there is something for everyone. If you are looking to get into doing more woodworking, then keep reading to learn more.
Practice some table saw safety. When crosscutting with a table saw, set your cut length with the block clamped to your fence. Do not use your fence directly for avoiding get kicked back by a board directly. You need to clamp the block of wood to your fence before your blade. The board’s end is free of the fence when you cut and after you cut.
Become more accurate by using a drafting square. If you need an accurate square that’s about 2″ to 3″, you have limited options. Drywall squares tend to be very inaccurate. With carpenter squares, you have to hook them onto your work piece’s edge. A drafting square can be easily used if you happen to have one lying around. If you don’t, they are pretty cheap to find at art stores. They are incredibly accurate and as useful as a tape measure.
Learn how to find the center in a piece of firewood every time. Mount some flat scrap wood to the lathe’s faceplate. Attach an acrylic piece to it using some double-faced tape. Chuck that in your lathe. Turn your acrylic to a disc. Using a 1/16″ bit in your tail stock chuck, drill a hole through that center-point. Scribe some concentric circles on to the disc at 1/2″³ intervals using a skew chisel. Position this center-finder over the end of your stock and adjust it until one of your circles is inscribed completely in a portion of the wood that is solid and usable. Using an awl or nail set, mark your center through the central hole in the disc.
Don’t only rely on a tape measure. Story sticks are good to use, and you can slowly work up to your cut. Practicing on scraps first is a great way to try various fittings. When you plan your cuts properly, you’ll do a better job.
When you do your first project, consider using a woodworking kit. Kits use a pre-cut wood pieces that fit together easily when working on a project. That lets you focus on getting a handle on woodworking. This will save money too because you won’t make as many mistakes.
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.
Working with wood has always been a valuable skill since the beginning of time. It can be a lucrative skill or simply an enjoyable hobby. There is something for everyone to enjoy about woodworking. Hopefully the tips from above will help inspire you and encourage you to get into doing more woodworking today.