Woodworking is a skill that has been valued since the beginning of time. Many woodworkers enjoy it from an artistic point of view while others enjoy creating larger, more functional items. But whatever it is that you enjoy about woodworking, here are some tips to help you enjoy it even more.
Consider making your own sanding blocks that are reusable. Cut six blocks from any 3/4″ plywood you have, for each sandpaper grit you regularly use. Cut them to 2.5″ by 4.75″. Use a spray glue on the blocks and the tile square. Stick a block on the cork and cut it flush with a knife. Spray adhesive on your sandpaper, and then stick it to every cork block, facing down. Lastly, cut the sandpaper to be flush with the cork. Finish by labeling each block.
Gel stains are the new big thing for staining furniture and other wood projects that need staining. Stains that are liquid will run when you apply them, but gels tend to stick to lumber. Also, since these gel stains have a thicker consistency, their pigment stays consistent during the whole application process which shows in the even staining on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
In a pinch, you can use a hacksaw blade as a makeshift compass. Often you can’t find a compass when you need it in room, when you are away from your shop. You can quickly nail a hole in the middle of a hacksaw blade, then steady the pencil against the proper tooth to get the right length. Draw that circle.
Clean your saw’s teeth before cutting lumber. To thoroughly clean your saw blade dip a shop rag into a little acetone and wipe the blade thoroughly. Additionally, using a piece of sandpaper that has a fine grit will remove any sap or gumminess from your skill saw’s cutting blades.
Keep the floors safe in your woodworking shop. Dust builds up on the floor, making it dangerous for walking. Coat the slippery areas of your shop with a mixture of crushed walnut shells and paint. The walnut shells are just the right consistency to keep the floor rough enough for walking, even when sawdust builds up.
One of the necessary tools for woodworking is the common pencil. Pencils do get lost easily, however. Buy plenty, then store them in an old instant soup container. Fill the container with sawdust and drill holes in the lid. You’ll now have plenty of pencils and the container won’t tip over easily.
Always follow the owner’s manual when using one of your woodworking tools. Not knowing the manual’s recommendations can result in injury or failure of your tool, and you surely do not want either of these to happen to you. If you have not yet read your manuals do so right away!
As you already know, woodworking can be a very useful and creative hobby. There is a lot of creativity and enjoyment that goes into creating items of wood. Hopefully the tips from above will enhance your woodworking efforts and inspire you to make even more works of art to enjoy.