It is quite possible that one day you will need to know some woodworking skills. Beyond making knick-knacks, or small pieces, the art of making your own furniture is reward in itself. Continue reading for many tips on woodworking.
You can make reusable sanding blocks. Cut six blocks from some plywood that you have laying around for every piece of sandpaper that you use. Be sure that they’re only around 2.5″ x 4.75″. Spray adhesive on the wood and a piece of cork. Put one block on the cork, and then cut it flush with a knife. After spraying adhesive on a sheet of sandpaper, place it on the block face of each cork. Lastly, cut the sandpaper to be flush with the cork. Finish by labeling each block.
When staining furniture, turn to gel products. Stains that are liquid will run when you apply them, but gels tend to stick to lumber. Additionally, because gel stains are thicker the pigment remains consistent throughout the application allowing for more even staining on horizontal and vertical pieces.
Use your tin snips to make quick work of trimming wood laminate. They make cutting the laminate to the right sizes effortless. Use the tin snips for laminate only so they stay sharp.
A stair gauge is a great tool to keep in your shop. They are typically used for laying out stair jacks, but can also prove useful for clamping a carpenters square. That means your square becomes a circular saw guide. Using the square can help you get straight cuts each time.
Keeping a small ruler with you in a pocket is a great idea, however it may fall out easily because of its length. Get a metal one and keep it in the pocket that has the little telescoping magnet for picking up loose screws. The magnet will ensure that the ruler won’t fall out.
If the hinges on your interior doors are loose, you can use a golf tee to fix them. You need to remove both the door itself and the individual hinges from the total door frame. Then, locate each screw hole put a golf tee in each one, tapping gently. Cut the extra golf tee off and install the door again. The tee will allow the screw to bite into the door.
Look around for free wood in your area. Some businesses may have wood that they don’t want anymore and they’d be willing to just give it to you. Before you dismantle the pallets, look at examples online of upcycled furniture and out-buildings for some ideas on how they can be used.
Look for recycled wood. Many places have scrap wood that you can use. Any store which sells wood will have off cuts available. You can use this wood for your projects. You will find in time that you are saving a good deal of money on each project.
You now should realize more about the art of woodworking than you knew before. This skill will be very useful down the road. At some point, almost everyone has to perform a woodworking project. Consider all the wisdom you have acquired and what you can accomplish with it.