Woodworking is a hobby for some and a necessity for others. You might be in either of the categories but a few tips will be helpful for everyone. Professional woodworkers have learned many things with experience and they can give out essential tips for everyone willing to try them out. To stay systematic and do your best in the smartest way possible, you can look at the tips below. This way you can ensure that you will improve your woodworking skills and also learn a few tricks to get better at this trade.
1. Learn the Moisture Content of Your Wood
The first thing that you need to make sure before starting out is the importance of knowing everything about the wood that you will be working on. Moisture content is one of those things that you need to be aware of because it can make a lot of difference in how you handle the wood. If it is very low then the final product can break due to crack formation and if it is very high, then the wood will get distorted. When you don’t pay attention to the moisture content, you risk making a very poor final product.
2. Take Accurate Measurements
When it comes to measurements, it is always advisable to use a measuring tool and not go with what your ‘gut’ tells you. This is because measurements matter and an extra inch too can ruin a piece that you are working on. Professionals recommend beginners use a drafting square to take accurate measurements. This can help you mark the required layouts quickly and easily. A drafting square is also the better choice as compared to a drywell square when it comes to accuracy while measuring in a scale of four to five ranges square.
3. Keep Your Workspace Clean
The place where you work needs to be clean and though this might seem as an obvious tip, there are many people who fail to understand why cleanliness matters in woodworking. A chaotic and messy workspace is going to affect your efficiency and will also break your concentration. To make it easier, organize your tools according to their usage. Keep the tools that are used frequently, near your work area and store the rest away. When you maintain the order described here, it will be easier to find the required tool. This will also prevent your work area from getting too disorganized.
4. Keep Your Blades Sharpened
When you are working, it is advisable to use to sharpened tools to make a sharp and clean cut. Don’t use dull tools like scrappers, blades etc. because they will give you a cut with jagged edges. Your final product will end up looking like an amateur work when you use tools with dull blades. When you are polishing your final product, tools that have sharp blades will make your product more appealing by making it look smooth and professionally made. Therefore, if your blades are getting dull, get them sharpened soon.
5. Avoid the Use of Drywell Screws
When you are fastening pieces of wood, it is advisable to avoid a drywell screw and instead use a normal wood screw to get better results. The usage of drywell screws should be avoided for a variety of reasons like to prevent the possibility of breakage while in use. This is especially true if the wood that you are working with is very hard in texture. Taking them out from a close to finished product is also very difficult as they are brittle and damage the wood surface when taken out. This is the reason; it is advisable to go for wood screws that are softer and therefore easier to work with in multiple scenarios.
The above tips will make carpentry easier for any beginner and we hope you apply at least one of them.