Basic Woodworking Techniques
With sharp hand tools and unforgiving power tools that have no respect for fingers and body parts, basic woodworking techniques is a must.
It is important that you always practice safety in the workplace.
This means wearing eye protection such as eyewear or face mask, ear plugs or ear muffs. Always wear tight-fitting clothes to prevent getting caught up in the power equipment.
By making safety a habit in the work place, you will increase your enjoyment while lowering your chances of injury while woodworking.
Basics Woodworking Techniques For Beginners
- when sanding wood, never sand across the grain as it will show up in the finished product
- when glueing two pieces of material together, it is important to always spread the glue evenly with just the right amount of glue so it just slightly squeezes out when clamped together
- Always take the time to hand sand your project to finish up as it will give you a smooth finish and end result improving the final stages
- always have a plan or blueprint to work from as it will save you time and money
- when using a bench saw, always adjust the blade height just above the workpiece.
- use a blade guard to prevent kick back
- always take the time to make templates as this can be very valuable when making duplicate pieces
- take the time to set up your table saw or any cutting equipment for accuracy. This will determine the quality of your finished project
- when working with a table saw, never stand directly behind the blade
- always work with sharp tools whether they are hand tools or power tools
- when using a router, always go with the grain and not against the grain
- when using power tools, clamp the workpiece down where possible to prevent slipping away or gauging the material
- take the time to figure out your material required for your woodworking project. This can give you an idea of the cost involved
Rules Of Thumb
- measure twice and cut once
- always use a square where being square is a must
- always use a level to level and plumb in your project when required
From The Drawing Board To The Shop
As a beginner, the shop could mean working in the basement or perhaps in the garage.
Regardless of the area selected this will be your woodworking area.
At this stage, the project becomes very exciting. You have taken the time to gather whatever information you could to perfect your new project.
With hands-on, you now find out the hidden talents within. As you gain woodworking experience, you will strive to take on more challenging projects in the future.
Always make the best of your woodworking project and enjoy every minute of it.