Working with wood is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself while you make something useful or decorative. If you enjoy woodworking, it can just be a hobby you do in your spare time, or it can be the foundation of a successful business. For some more great advice on woodworking, keep reading.
Don’t neglect sanding your wood. Sanding may be tedious, but the quality of your workmanship will suffer if you leave the scrapes and nicks where they are. Not to mention, those scratches and nicks absorb more stain and paint, making them stand out more, and making your work look shoddy.
Stir finishes or stains before using them. Some of the ingredients in these stains and finishes tend to settle to the bottom over time. Shaking can cause bubbles which can negatively impact your results. Be sure to stir thoroughly, until all settlement is dispersed evenly and smoothly.
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.
When sanding a piece of lumber, beginning with a coarse sandpaper. Remove the excess dust from the lumber. Then, once the largest scratches are removed, sand again with a smoother sandpaper. Follow this sanding with a tack cloth. Continue using smoother sandpaper until the lumber feels smooth when you run your hand across it.
Unless you are charging it, never leave your tools plugged in and unattended. You never know who might approach your tool, accidentally setting it off. Not only can this damage the items around it, but the person could be hurt and you could be left liable for the end result.
You can apply stain with either a brush, or a rag. Work the stain in against the grain, and with it as well. You need not be neat, just get a smooth, even coat on the wood. Then, wipe immediately for a lighter tone, or leave it on for up to fifteen minutes before wiping for a deeper tone.
Enjoying a few beers as you work at building things may sound like a good idea for a weekend activity. However, drinking and woodworking is a bad combination. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while working with tools. The same caution applies to the use of prescriptions or illegal drugs.
Woodworking is an activity that you can enjoy for your entire life. You can do it in your spare time, or you can turn it into a lucrative career. No matter why you want to work with wood, the tips you have just read can help. Put them into practice the next time you pick up a piece of wood.