Woodworking is a craft and a skill that has been around for centuries. It is a valuable trade to have experience with and can be infinitely useful in many ways. Skilled woodworkers can earn a good living with their hands and many enjoy woodworking just for the joy of it.
Whenever you work with power tools, be sure your clothing is tucked in properly. Any loose clothing or long, dangling hair or jewelry can easily become tangled in the tool, leading to injury or other disaster. Tuck everything in, pull back your hair, take off dangling jewelry and then get down to work.
Before practicing advanced woodworking techniques, make sure you’ve got the basics down. Typically those advanced techniques rely on you knowing the basics like the back of your hand. If you don’t, you’ll more than likely find learning to be a very frustrating experience. So start slow, and work up from there.
Make sure your workbench is the proper height. It really can make a big difference. It needs to fit you and how you work. Usually if you are around 5’6″ to 5’9″ you probably need one that is between 33″ and 36″ high. If you are 5’10” or taller, you may need one that is between 35″ and 37″ high. Use your bench at its current height to determine if you need to change it to work better for you.
Know the characteristics of any wood before you buy or use it for a specific project that requires staining. For instance, if a wood is paint grade, it’s probably not quality wood. Stain grade means the wood’s grain pattern makes it great for staining. Particle board and veneer are also unsuitable for staining. Getting the right wood helps ensure your project turns out the way you expect.
Take advantage of several tools instead of trying to do all of your work on just one. A jig, a tablesaw, a bandsaw and a lathe all have their own uses. It is important that you know what each of these tools do and you use them accordingly while getting the job done.
If you are working with wood, it can be very dangerous to have a messy workshop. Do everything you can to keep your work area clean and well-maintained. Every time you are done with a specific tool, out it away before you get another. It may seem like this is time consuming, but you won’t have any reason to clean up later.
Add a bit of extra spring in your grip. You might need to use spring clamps, but you may only have one free hand. It can be very difficult to release these using only one hand. There is of course, one way to make that simpler. Before you start to glue, put your clamps on some scrap wood while you have two free hands. That allows you to pop them off and use them with one hand.
As you already know, woodworking is a very valuable skill. Whether you are building a big projects such as a house or smaller projects such as a small bird house, woodworking has so much to offer. Hopefully the tips from above have given you ideas on new ways to use this valuable skill.