** Updated 2019 **
Are you new to woodworking? Do you want to make your job easier and faster? Would you like to take your woodworking experience to the next level?
Or are you looking for woodworking tips and tricks that will help you save time? Check out the following for secrets that the pros are sharing in the following.
Woodworking for Beginners 101
Here are some simple and effective tips and tricks that the pros are using in order to increase efficiency and organization when working on their projects.
1. Simplifying Sanding
With high quality sandpaper and some tools, you can achieve excellent results from sanding without it seeming like another chore. It is also quieter, not producing that dust’s cloud to irritate your lungs just like power sanders do.
Sandpapers can also reach places that power sanders cannot reach. But in order to make things easier, you can use a sanding block, which can evenly distribute sanding pressure. It can also help you have a flat surface than only folding sandpaper.
Another tip includes sanding with the wood’s grain especially for the last grits. If you want to get rid of those deep stains and scratches, you can angle the wood grain to about 45 degrees during the initial sanding.
Then right before going to the finer grit, you should sand with the grain so that you can eliminate cross-grain stitches. However, you must use clog-resistant sandpaper if you’re sanding painted surfaces so that the paint would collect slower than the using ordinary sandpaper can.
2. Safety With Table Saw
Are you looking to crosscut using a table saw? If so, you must set the length of the cut using a block that is clamped securely on a fence. Do not use this fence directly or else you might have a board kicked back at you.
For example, if you’re creating a block with one-inch thickness, you can adjust the scale of the fence at exactly one inch that is larger than the length of wood you want to get.
3. Lighting Up Your Workshop
If you want to make woodworking a more enjoyable activity, hobby or job, recognize the importance of lighting. Your shop must have enough and consistent illumination, and it means all areas of your workplace.
It is to make sure that you can work from any corner or angle, without worries of a casting shadow, ensuring productivity and safety. At your shop, you must have on-tool lights, focused lighting, overhead lighting and white-painted walls, which can effectively diffuse light.
4. Catching Excess Glue
If you don’t like stains on your woodworking projects because of excess glue, you can easily catch it. All you have to do is to clamp the wood pieces without glue. You can put a tape on a wood joint before cutting along this joinery using a sharp blade.
You can then separate the pieces and apply glue before clamping the wood pieces again. In this manner, the glue will be oozing onto the tape, not on your wood piece. After, you can just peel the tape off before glue dries up.
To prevent glue stains along the wood joints, you can clamp the each piece together without glue. Then, you can start putting tape on the joint before cutting along it with a blade.
You can then start separating the pieces before applying the glue. Next, you can clamp the wood together again. You will notice at this point that the glue oozes onto the tape, which you can then peel off before the glue dries up.
5. Identifying Moisture Content On Wood
Know the moisture content of wood before using it. For example, you must identify it especially when using two different wood species to ensure that the inlay glue joints won’t be out of place. You can use a moisture meter if you don’t want to end up with a ruined project.
- If too dry, the finished wood project will crack or swell.
- It will shrink or warp if wood is too moist.
6. Using A Drafting Square To Measure
With this tool, you can mark layouts and get accurate measurements easier and faster. This tool can beat drywall squares and can eliminate the need for hooking up a carpenter square.
7. Keeping The Blades Sharp
It is one of the woodworking basics to master in woodworking because no one would be glad to use a dull blade that will take woodworkers longer than they expected to complete a task. A few of these tools to keep sharp include scrapers, gouges, blades, planes and chisels, or else, they won’t cut well and cleanly.
Dull blades also cause tear at the fiber of the wood, leading to uneven wood appearance. For this reason, you should keep the blades sharp all the time.
On the other hand, you should use a bench grinder, belt sander or a wet grinder for nicked or chipped tools. When using a grinder or sander, you should not let your tools become too hot. To prevent it from happening, you must deep the tool in cool water from time to time.
You should then move on to honing with an oilstone or a flat wet stone after grinding. But if you’re into fine woodworking, you might as well use a wet stone. Then, you must polish the blade using a fine wet stone, leather or a stropping wheel.
8. Finding Drill Depth
You should know that not each hole drilled has to be completely drilled through the material. While it can be easier to use a drill press, it is sometimes not good to use for the task especially when factoring in the material’s size and portability.
In some cases, creating a depth market using a handheld power drill can be very easy like just using a piece of tape in order to mark the depth that you want to achieve.
There you have some basics to learn woodworking and make your job easier and more organized. Follow these pro tips and tricks that will help you have a more enjoyable and productive woodworking experience.
Aside from helping you save time and effort, these tips will also help you have a better, more efficient and safer woodworking shop. Happy Woodworking!
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