Focus on improving in the five areas mentioned below and watch your Woodworking projects amaze you!
Taking up Woodworking projects on you own is challenging. Just like with any other activity in the world, as a beginner, you will be sloppy, you will make mistakes, and you will take a lot of time.
Here’s my advice, don’t let these hurdles discourage you from finishing that Woodworking project you started.
Just like any other sport, or activity, there are few concentration points in Woodworking. If you will focus on improving in areas, even by as little as 1% a day, you will become better.
Following is a list of 5 most important Woodworking skills for beginners:-
1. Drilling holes
It doesn’t matter what you project is, you will drill. The most preferable drill to get is a cordless one. Why? Because it offers a lot of useful features, such as:-
- They are mobile and can be anywhere
- They last a long time
- They are not very expensive
Drills will let you quickly tight screws and drill holes in your wooden materials.
Here are some tips:-
- Don’t let your drill catch dust
- Always mark correct depth before to drill
- Drill with a firm hand
2. Material used for cutting
Wooden materials can be cut in a number of ways i.e. with the use of circular saws, table saws, and band saw.
For most of your mini projects, you should use jigsaws and circular saws. They are cheap and effective.
Tips on using the two saws:-
Jigsaws: Jigsaws have a reciprocating blade, which makes it an excellent saw for all your woodworking projects. You can cut any type of cuts and curves with it. Also, the blade is interchangeable and you can these saws to cut any material. Just get the blade for the material you want to cut.
Circular Saws: These saws are generally not for beginners, but I have included them to the list to acquaint you with it, as you would need in your polished projects. Circular saws make the best straight cuts. They cannot be used for cutting curves like the jigsaw and are dangerous for beginner’s to use.
3. Pick Screws over nails
In Woodworking jobs, you often have to connect two pieces of wood, metal etc. together. For doing that, use Screws over nails. Screws offer much better joins and can be screwed quickly with a drill.
There are four types of screws use can use:-
- Wood screws
- Sheet metal screws
- Drywall screws
- Machine screws
Cutting and drilling holes in wood leaves behind unfinished surfaces and inappropriate burs and splinters. These are not going to give your woodworking project that professional look and feel. How do you get rid of them? You sand them away.
There are three types of sanding tools you can use:-
- Hand sanders
- Orbital sanders
- Belt sanders
Among the lot, orbital sanders are the best as they can reach tight spaces and are quite useful in small electronic projects.
The final step of any woodworking mini project is painting it. There are two major types of paints available in market that you can use to give your project the color/glimmer you like.
- Latex paints – these are water-based paints used for general application over the surface of the wood
- Oil based paints – these are better than water-based paints as they adhere to the surface of the material far better than water-based paints. Also, if you will put more than one coat on the wood surface, this one will give a better finish.