Woodworking is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it but can feel really daunting to a beginner. When first starting on your woodworking projects, it is natural to get confused about how to start or what tools to use, for example. Even highly experienced woodworkers are not immune from doing some minor mistakes, so no need to blame yourself for a few initial mistakes. Take a look at these top five tips for beginners, and avoid making mistakes along the way.
Ways To Make Sanding Easy
Sanding by hand might seem difficult but if you have high-end sandpapers, you will get better results than with power sanders. Also, sandpaper will not produce a huge amount of dust, and it will easily get into places a power sander cannot.
Avoid Drywall Screws For Woodworking Projects
Drywall screws have threading across their length and the top threads hold the first board it goes into. Thus, two pieces of wood are slightly apart because of the threads of both boards. The wood screw contains a smooth shank on the top, easily clamping two boards together.
Knowing The Wood’s Moisture Content
Around 80% of the woodworking issues come from the wrong moisture content of the wood. Dry wood would make the finished product crack but wood that is too moist will make the end product warp.
Preventing Excessive Glue Stains
Glue oozing out along the joints end up causing stains. So, avoid the glue in clamping pieces together. Put masking tape on the joints and use a utility knife to cut it. Now, separate the pieces to put the glue and clamp them together again. The glue will fall into the tape and not on the wood.
Measuring With Drafting Squares
You can find drafting square at any art supply store. Drafting squares help to measure accurately and to mark layouts easier and faster. This tool is especially useful for two-foot and three-foot squares. It is more accurate than drywall squares.
Keeping An Orderly And Clean Workplace
One of the first steps you can take to achieve efficiency is to clear out the clutter in your workplace. Keep the daily used items handy and put the rest of the tools in their places. Make sure you can find the items easily when you need them.
Keeping The Blades Ready And Sharp
Dull tools will tear the fibers instead of evenly cutting the wood. You would end up with an uneven and unprofessional look. You should use belt sanders or bench grinders for grinding the tool when it gets chipped.
Following these above-mentioned tips will help you work faster and increase your productivity. You will feel more satisfied and accomplished with the work that you do. So, what are you waiting for to start working on your next project?