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Building a Foundation: Beginner's Woodworking Tips and Tricks

Doing some woodworking

Know Your Wood


There are many different types of wood with different characteristics. Knowing the different types of wood, how to care for and treat it, and how it will react in different environments is key. Each type of wood will have different moisture content. The amount of moisture will affect how stain, paint, and glue takes to it. This is key because if you stain a piece of oak and a piece of pine with the same color stain, you will yield different results. The wood will take the stain differently and show a different color.

Piece of oak


Pre-drill Screw Holes

When attaching wood with screws, it's important to pre-drill the hole to prevent splitting, especially when the wood is thick or near the edge. Using a countersink screw head will allow the screw to be recessed into the wood, reducing the risk of cracking. It also provides the option to hide the screw head by plugging the hole.

Pre-drill Screw Holes


Use a Jig

Whether you are making pocket angle holes or just installing cabinet pulls, a jig is a great time saver. Using a jig gives you a template for consistent and even holes on different pieces of wood. A nice example of using a jig is when installing cabinet pulls on your kitchen cabinets. If you are able to make an angle jig that matches the corners of your cabinet, you can pre-drill the hole in the same spot each time. This eliminates the time you would spend measuring and marking each spot.

Installing cabinet pulls


Plan Your Project

Having a plan and a project drawing beforehand is essential for a smoother experience. Planning helps in budgeting your time and money, as well as ensuring you have all the necessary supplies. Mapping out the project allows you to anticipate any assembly issues and make adjustments before starting. Waiting until later can result in wasted materials and time. Additionally, considering the required tools in advance helps avoid delays and additional expenses caused by not having the necessary tools during the project.
Following these simple steps to start your woodworking adventure will not only give you a great foundation to start each project but also for building your new business or hobby. And as always, remember to follow all safety procedures and to abide by the manufacturer’s recommendations for each tool you use.


(Source: American Rotary)

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