Whether it is for business or a hobby, woodworkers need a great jump start and foundation in woodworking. The following are some of the tips that a woodworker should pay attention to when getting started.
· Knowing your wood
It is crucial to get familiar with the kind of wood you are using. The wood is available in various types with varied characteristics. Different kinds of wood also react differently given different environments. Having insights on the moisture content and how wood reacts to glue, paint, and the stain is also necessary. The know-how on your wood determines what kind of wood to be used for different projects.
· Using a Stop-block
A stop-block enables a woodworker to make precise cuts on boards faster when multiple same size cuts are required. It is done by securing the stop block on a saw and setting the length of the board needed. Using the stop-block is not only quick but also ensures there is accuracy when getting the boards.
· Pre-drilling screw holes
Pre-drilling holes when using a screw to attach wood to the surface is ideal. Pre-drilling the holes which should be slightly smaller than the screw helps in avoiding issues such as board splitting. Closeness to the edge or thickness of the wood can cause pressure during the attachment, thus the splitting. It is crucial to use a countersink screw head that allows a larger opening at the top of the bit. It helps in widening the drilled hole and allowing the screw head to recess easily in the board. Other than helping to avoid having a cracked board, it also provides an option of plugging the hole to hide the screw head.
· Using a jig
A jig is an important tool that helps in time-saving as well as making even and consistent holes on the subject boards. It is used for various uses ranging from installing cabinet pulls to making pocket angle holes. It makes the whole activity easy especially when installing cabinets pulls if an angle jig can be made matching the cabinet corners. Holes can be pre-drilled in the same spot every time eliminating the idea of marking and measuring each spot.
· Planning the project
Having a prior plan for the project you want to handle is very important. It brings about swiftness bearing in mind supplies, time frame, money budget will be accounted for and known before starting the project. It also simplifies the whole activity since adjustments can be made with ease during the process. Planning also helps in ensuring the required tools for the project are available when needed throughout the project.
Building your skills around woodworking as a hobby or a business is not hard. Following the mentioned tips for beginners ensures that a great foundation is grounded when starting. It is also crucial to have all the safety measures in place when dealing with woodworking tools throughout the projects. Stay with us for more resources on starting out in woodworking.