It can be super fun getting into the art of woodworking. However, woodworking is a vast field and beginners are sometimes not sure where to get started. Don’t worry about this and just gradually take your time. This post can be a big help for you to begin.
When you are working with wood it is important that you take your time. Being hasty leaves you open to making plenty of mistakes. Instead of focusing on the amount of time it takes you to complete a project, do everything you can to keep your mind on the task at hand.
If you are cutting, sanding, or finishing something small, get out your hot glue gun. Affix the item you are working on to the end of a pedestal stick. Hot glue holds better than a clamp, and small objects are impossible to clamp anyway. Just be careful when pulling the piece off to avoid tearing the back side of the wood.
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.
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.
Did you know that the teeth on a hacksaw face forward? Many people do not know this. It is the opposite of a wood saw. These saws are supposed to cut when pushed forward. Many times the blades are not labeled for correct installation. If this is the case, remember to put the teeth facing forward.
Whether you are a beginning woodworker or not, you should always read and understand your plans before staring your project. Knowing what you are doing beforehand will save you time, money and trouble later on. If they aren’t complete go to a home improvement store to see if they can help you.
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. This makes it easy to help understand how woodworking works. This is a good way to get started without spending a lot on your projects or taking the risk of making mistakes.
With the information presented here, you can get off to a good start in woodworking. Continue to explore your options with this craft so that you can experience the excitement of creating wood art. See what you’re able to make with wood!