If you find that you are good with work that involves your hands, consider giving woodworking a try. From measuring to cutting to piecing things together, it is a fun way to spend your time. The tips below will help you get started on the right foot, ensuring your first project is a great one.
Be sure to wear safety glasses
Woodworking can be a fun, and satisfying, hobby. However, it is very important to play it safe when working with tools, substances that cause fumes and other common dangers of the craft. Be sure to wear safety glasses, allow plenty of fresh air for ventilation when using oil-based products and always read the directions before you start anything!
If you plan to use stain, test it on a small scrap of wood first. Testing first will give you an idea of how the stain will look on a real piece. You’ll get no unwelcome surprises later. This will go a long way in preventing disappointment.
Gel stains are something that you can get a lot of use out of when you’re staining items that are going to be used for furniture. Liquid stains tend to run when they are applied, while gel stains stick to the lumber better. Additionally, because gel stains are thicker the pigment remains consistent throughout the application allowing for more even staining on horizontal and vertical pieces.
Know about characteristics of wood
Prior to using a piece of wood, know about its characteristics. Low quality wood is considered “paint grade” and isn’t meant to be stained. Also, particleboard and veneer will be a lot more different. Veneer isn’t going to absorb a lot of stain while your particleboard will absorb way too much. Using the appropriate wood means your project has a better chance of turning into what you want.
Take baby steps when first starting out with woodworking. It’s a lot of fun to learn, but woodworking is also pretty dangerous if you get too cocky too soon. Even when you feel like you know the basics, keep practicing them. And always where safety gear. You are much better off.
Get a good deal for woodworking
Search at estate sales, garage sales or even online if you wish to get a good deal on equipment that you need for woodworking. You should be able to find great deals on good tools when you buy them used. This will save valuable cash, especially if you are new to the hobby or are needing to quickly replace a broken tool.
Keep your work area as clean as possible. Woodworking creates a lot of mess, especially dust. This dust can get into your home and eventually into your lungs. This can cause real health problems down the road for you and your family. So take a few minutes after a job, and sweep up your space.
If you are good with your hands, woodworking is the activity for you. Take your time to absorb the knowledge you have gained here and you’ll find that entering the world of working with wood becomes easier. In the end, you’ll find success with your projects and a new hobby to enjoy.