Last Update: 10 Jan 2021
Woodworking Tips and Techniques
Are you always looking for tips and tricks on the internet? Looking for shortcuts on any topic is not a bad practice at all. Instead, it adds value to your knowledge. Being a woodworker, it’s not always convenient to get help from online. Hence I am here today to share my experience while working with professionals. These woodworking tips and techniques were very useful to me and still are. Hopefully, they will also become helpful to you.
Top 10 Woodworking Tips and Techniques
Woodworks need attention to its best. People who work with this artwork with tools and techniques. Along with the concept of making the work an art. Moreover, they often face problems in handling or organizing the tools, especially with the glue and sandpaper. So, the following tips may help in this regard. Let’s find it out.
Layout the wood pieces:
Mostly the common scenario in a workshop or your workplace. When similar pieces are lying along, it’s very usual it gets mixed up. Its true similar cut pieces need not any indexing. But it’s also true you will end up in seven eleven only lacking it. Therefore being organized will speed up your work.
Use number to same size log is an old style. Draw a triangle instead of lining them accordingly. You can recall it at a glance, even if it’s unorganized. You can line up them relatively when and where it needed.
Mark your cutting lines:
When you are on a project, it would be a plus if you waste less and accurate in measurement. Because in most cases, less accuracy causes loss of ingredients. So. Better if you would use tick marks on the plank where it needs cut and also draw lines left and right how you must cut, you will get applause only.
You won’t believe the result of such little action—those countless times of measuring for Kerf, how thick your cutting blades should be.
Still, you will result in losing some wood while cutting it accordingly. Besides, some turn into dust as well. So, cutting between two marked lines saves you from inaccuracy. Moreover, if you work with buddies, you can keep informed of each other without a mistake. A great tip to fall into it. What’s to say!
Straight lines on a dowel:
Another problem maker in your project if you have to work with a cylinder log or dowel. A straight line on the round log is likely to fight the battle frontline. Whatever way you try it, you will find it uneven at the end. Besides, all fancy tools fail at this point.
Nevertheless, there is always a solution if you try. However, the solution is very simple. Place the dowel on a straight slot surface. If you are in a workshop, this surface could be your saw table. Now draw the line with a pencil against the dowel and track to make that straight line.
No table saw on the line? Don’t worry. Use any door casing or jamb. All cylindrical objects are ready to bisect using this crazy trick.
Making your story stick:
Cut down with accuracy is the rule to success for wood artists. And using measurement tape could be repetitive and time killing as well. Therefore to avoid this, make your story stick. A measured reference on the plain square wood piece could act fine. Story sticks are great as they could be as particular as you need. Once you make a point of measurement, there is no chance to make mistakes.
Moreover, you could be more specific. You can drill it to a hole on every measured point. Then you just hold the markup and make a point with a pencil. You and your story stick are ready to work as a guide.
Mark the drill depth:
It’s often seen, whenever you need to make a hole, you drilled the entire roller through the thing. Though it’s not needed, it sometimes cracks the wood also. Hence it’s better to make a drill depth on the drill roller.
On a drill press, you can be setting up the stop point is easy; it’s not always the best to carry an easy press with you everywhere. Instead, make a marker on a handheld drill is more convenient.
Use any tape around the stick and mark your intended point of the bit. I find it a very functional one. I bet you will also.
Clean up the glue:
Using glue is very common in any wooden work. Messing with it is also very regular. When a glue sticks around elsewhere and still wet, better to clean it up at once. And if it’s your skin, it’s a must at once.
However, never use a wet cloth to remove extra glue or clean the mess. Especially on the wooden piece. Wet clothes make the wood damp, and the moisture can result in a swell.
My trick is a simple one In this regard. Pour some wooden dust on the glue and scratch it off. It works wonder for the wooden piece. Rubbing off the dust absorb the extra glue unless it’s a dry and hard one.
When it comes to your hand, rubbing them together must do. But you can apply the above trick as well and clean it off instantly.
Keep your glue-up things steady:
If you are working on a gauge, it’s obvious it would line up some glue-up material—may be more than one. On the above, if these clamps are from the same side and need to be a clamp, I guess you can imagine. Joining blocks with glue and clamping together, makes the blocks slippery.
Moreover, they could close in separating. Here is the tip from my side. Sprinkle some salt on the glued area over the wood piece before clamping. Salt crystals world like a fixer, prevent the pieces from sliding apart.
You can’t even notice the embed salts from outside after clamping.
Use Wax paper cover:
Whenever I start working, I like my work neat and clean. For this reason, I prefer to work on the table. On top of that, I wrapped the table with wax paper. Now, what’s the benefit?
When you’d drill out or level the wood with fancy tools, the wastage clutter up, sawing the wood dust jumble on the table and the floor, and of course, the glue work. If it slips once from the blocks or hands, your table becomes trouble. The glue drips, you know.
In such a case, you wrap the wax paper, on the top, you can just remove the paper with all dirt mites and debris. Your table gets clean, and your works become less.
Use a glue gun :
Sometimes you will find it hard to fix the glue. You may get impatient to wait for the glue to get fixed, and you start your work again. The thing is it’s natural to set the glue for a long time. The little nib is, you can use a glue gun to make it a bit quicker.
It works better when the clamp just doesn’t fit, or you need to hold the pieces. Fire up your hot glue gun by plugging in. After applying your wood glue evenly, apply some hot glue so often. Before it becomes set, join the other piece on it.
The hot glue bonds the pieces together and holds strong until the wood glue do its work.
Organize the Sandpaper:
You must see a woodworker use different abrasive papers, and I find them the most troublesome thing to organize. But you cannot ignore these sandpapers at work as you may need them anytime, anywhere to smoothen the surface.
Most interestingly, these papers are almost alike to the printer papers. And that’s a huge problem, no doubt. They trapped me more often.
To withstand this, I use an accordion file organizer. It keeps all of them neatly and nearly the best. I unpack the sandpaper box and sort them slot by slot in the folder. It makes the life way easier, even if I am in a hurry. I set them according to the size, smaller to larger. And I write with a marker on the corner of the slot.
Try this, and you will get the hell of the benefit from it. Moreover, they are not costly, of course.
Woodworking tips and techniques are such thing which make your work comfortable and the way easier than before. So, it’s not constant. Or the exact one. You may find more handy tips. I find the above tips workable wonderfully. If you find a more convenient one, please do share them with the rest of us. As we all know, sharing is caring.