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5 Tips About Gluing Every Woodworker Should Know

10 Jan

Gluing is a very important task in woodworking and everyone has their own tips on it, So we decided to write down some of the common ones, you may know a few or you will learn a few.

My woodworking friends and I have used these tips. I hope you get to learn something new and better.

Gluing tips

Whenever you are working on a complex project where you may take a lot of time in deciding what to do next, you should use White glue in exchange of yellow glue, as white glue doesn’t dries as fast as yellow glue, many of my friends believe that yellow glue is stronger than white glue but to me it looks strong enough

String the cap: This tip may sound funny but believe me it save a lot of time, losing the little glue bottle cap can be a pain in the ass.

I would recommend you to tie the little glue bottle cap with a string and you can bind that string with anything solid around you, so that the cap doesn’t goof with you in the middle of a complex project.

If you have already lost your glue bottle cap, you can store the glue in a mustard bottle as it is air tight, easy to handle and comes with a twist cap. But make sure that your mustard bottle is completely clean and doesn’t have any leftover mustard stuck on the corners, as it can ruin the glue and also change its color.

Complex cracks: It is very difficult to fill complex cracks with glue, so what you can do is put a dab of glue where you want and the blow the glue deep inside the crack with the help of a straw. This will definitely help you in fixing complex cracks.

Spreading Glue: Spreading glue is something you would be doing a lot in a big woodworking project, at that time an old tooth brush would be very handy. It is perfect for this work as it easily and perfectly spreads glue. If the surface on which glue has to be spread is big, you can replace the toothbrush with a paint roller.

INSIDE CORNER SQUEESE-OUT: Before assembly, apply a piece of masking tape along both sides of a joint line along an inside corner. The excess glue oozes out onto the tape (mostly) and saves you some time cleaning glue out of the corner. If you don’t like tape, try scooping out the excess glue with the end of a plastic straw. The soft plastic takes the shape of the corner as you move it along the joint line. 

Free scraper: Well you really don’t need to spend you hard-earned money to buy a scraper when you can have it for free, all you need to do is take a plastic clip from a bread bag to scrap away freshly beaded or skinned-over beads of glue along a joint line.

 

The Quick Guide To A Safe Woodworking

9 Jan

Woodworking is an art and requires years of precision and knowledge, still many experts get injured due to negligence. That’s why it is very important to insure proper safety before starting work on any woodworking project. No matter how talented you are, things can turn nasty in just a few minutes.  By following these easy tips you can prevent many miss-happenings.

Now matter how lazy you are feeling or less time you have, always and always wear your safety equipment. Wear proper glasses to protect your eyes, leather apron, good quality latex gloves and ear defender for hearing protection. Your glasses should be on as you enter the workshop and should be removed only at the time of leaving the workshop.

Wear a facemask each time you work on a router table, as it generates a lot of dust. Facemask prevents dust from entering your nose. The dust is very contaminated and can harm your lungs. Wear respirators while doing polishing or paint job, these paints have many harmful chemicals, which can harm your lungs.

Flying chips are a very common part of woodworking and we have them all the time, rather than wearing glasses you can wear a face shield. It increases protection and is very comfortable.

Woodworking has its own uniform, loose or casual clothes are not allowed to be worn for a safe woodworking. Proper clothes are available online and if you don’t want to spend money on them, simply wear a jeans and tank. Avoid jewelry and unnecessary accessories.

No beer, no wine. Alcohol and Wood working is a very lethal combination. Never ever start your work with a glass of wine; even a slightest influence of alcohol during work can bring drastic effects.

Before changing blades cut off the power supply of your machine, never take this task for granted or be ready to lose your fingers. It may not look an important thing to you but the result of neglecting it can be devastating.

Listening to music while working is very common but I wont recommend you to watch TV or chit chat on phone while working, A little distraction can make a very big difference.

Six Steps to Selecting the Perfect Hardwood for Your Next Project

8 Jan

If we talk about woodworking, we would surely be talking about Hardwood later or sooner in our conversation.

Hardwood is the basic and the most important thing in woodworking.

It is the soul and life of the woodwork project. The smell of old wood makes me feel like heaven and after spending so many years building and buying hardwood, I am perfectly capable of knowing what to look for in a perfect hardwood.

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These simple 6 steps will teach you how to find the perfect hardwood.

  • Look for the finest timber it is very important for your end result to look beautiful, if you are confused what you can do is pick a few which you think are the best and then later you can nominate then as you compare them.  Your lumber should be the straightest, shiniest and the flattest board.
  • Make sure that you have 20-25% more than the amount of lumber you actually need, errors are a part of woodworking and you may not want to put all that efforts in looking again for the perfect lumber. After that check the stack for boards containing sapwood
  • Make sure that your board is free from any damage, stains and knots.
  • Now nominate the lumber with odd color and take forward those which look pleasant to you.
  • If you still have more choices then you need, look for the strongest one.
  • After making your final selections, tally up the board footage (thickness x width x length — all in inches — and divide by 144) to make sure you have enough lumber.

These easy steps will help you in finding the best lumber in the pile. These steps may look big but ones you understand, it will only take 20-30 min in getting what you are looking for.

The Fault in Our Saw Blades

6 Jan

It was summer and I was building a little woodhouse for my daughter and while cutting timber in equal sizes, I noticed that the planks were not coming out perfect.

I could not understand the reason until I observed my Saw blade. I realized that I had been working with the same saw for a long time and due to that the teeth of the saw lost their sharpness.

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You must know that it is very important for you to check your saw before starting any project. These teeth can make a lot of difference. Bad or unsharpened teeth can result to unclear cuts, leaves ragged or chipped-out edges.

So what you can do is dip your saw blade in a big pan like a pizza pan, filled with saw cleaner. After the saw is cleaned, you must observe the saw teeth with a magnifying glass. First the top, front, and then edges of a few teeth.

You may have noticed that each tooth has two cutting edges. The first is where the top and front surfaces of the tooth come together. And the second is where the side(s) and front of the tooth come together. These edges are where the actual cutting takes place. 

If the edges of your saw look really used up and old, its time for you to sharp your saw. But if you are confused you can test it on a wooden plank, observe the wooden plank closely after using your saw on it. The feel and the look of the sawed plank is what you must observe. If you find any chip out or raggedness on the edge, just go and sharp your saw.

After sharpening the edge again test check it, if you don’t find any chip-out and raggedness on the edges its time for you to practice second observation.

The cutted end should be shiny and feel like it’s been sanded and if the cutted end doesn’t meets the two obligations sharp your saw again until you get the desired result.

Love and woodworking- A short love story

6 Jan

Do you find yourself daydreaming about your next woodworking project? Does the smell of old wood sets your soul in peace, then you are definitely In love with woodworking.

Woodworking is not only a project which in the end brings something solid to us, it’s a whole journey of crafting, thinking and bring a whole idea out of your mind into the world.

Our love of woodwork has now been clinically proven, there is a reason behind our passion and today I am going to tell you the real deal behind it.

  • You are a born artist, you love to imagine things and bring them out in the real world. You invite challenges and you cannot stop until you complete them.
  • The smell, feel, strength and everything related to wood appeals you. Your woodworking shop is like a private den to you and will be more personal to you than your bedroom. 
  • Woodworking is not out of you, its in you and you are a very vital part of the project. You see yourself as the most import tool of the project.
  • You would be spending hours in deciding the best color and design, but in the end you will chose the first design that struck your mind.
  • Reviews and criticism, you would long to hear peoples feedback for your creation.
  • When you are in your wood-shop nothing can break your concentration, its like you have been bound with the wood. Neither hunger nor sleep can distract you that time.
  • You will often loose track of time, if your wood-shop has curtains on windows, you wont even know whether its night or sun outside.
  • You feel like heaven when your task is completed, its like the most beautiful feeing to you.
  • Planning about a project makes you excited; everything looks like a quest to you.

These are a few reasons why you like woodworking.

There are many but I think these much are enough to tell anyone why you love woodworking.

The Ultimate Guide to WoodWorking

2 Jan

There are many trades out there that has it’s tools, and woodworking is no different. Every craftsman knows that to manufacture a product of quality and in good time, the proper tools for the job is critical.

There are many tools out there for woodworking, however, there are those certain few tools that are beneficial for any individual working in woodwork to possess.

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Hand tools are still considered “power” tools, but they are not used with electricity. They are used by the muscles of the woodworker.

The most basic hand tool that almost every individual in woodworking has, is a claw hammer. It is light enough to what using to pull nails out, yet it is heavy enough to easily drive nails into the wood.

A tape measure is another essential hand tool, and woodworkers are continuously measuring wood. A utility knife is a definite asset to woodworking, in that it can help to clean out mortise joints and for far more other uses.

It is also efficient since the blade can be retracted back inside of the sleeve so that a woodworker is safe from any kind of cut injury.

Screwdrivers are a definite “must-have” in woodworking. A woodworker will need to make sure and purchase a variety of sizes to be able to get the job done properly. Every woodworker knows that a couple of levelers are a very good idea, this way they are able to check for any unevenness in the wood they are working with.

Just as hand tools are essential to every woodworking individual, electric power tools are just as much of a necessity as well. These tools can help make a job easier and get the job done faster. There is, however, quite a few of these tools that are beneficial to woodworking. The first to posses for a woodworker would be a circular saw, in that it is quicker to cut pieces of wood with then to hand saw through it.

This cuts back time and makes the cutting of the wood more efficient and with smoother edges. A power drill is a must have when working with wood. This piece of equipment helps to insert screws and such, in a very quick way as well.

A jigsaw is very important in that it is able to cut wood in patterns, such as circular and curved, something that is very difficult to do with a saw. A woodworking project always needs a sander.

This will take care of the sharp and dangerous edges of the wood that need to be smoothed down. A major tool in this field is also a table saw, this gives you the power over the piece of wood you are working with. Along with a table saw, your next purchase should be a miter saw. This saw is able to cut compound angles.

A router like the Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Kit is able to accomplish many tasks and it is also stationary, but can be mounted. A planer is essential, it is able to shave thin slices of wood off making the wood thinner, smoother, and flatter.

It can also help to cut corners off of wood, scribes, and can aide in removing thick pants or varnishes. In low light situations or at night, it will be more difficult to see certain places of the wood that you are working on.

Therefore, purchasing a work light is always beneficial to someone in the wood working field. Many of these products would need help and assistance from an air compressor. Buying an air compressor can help supply energy for many applications and tools, and is considered highly needed.
There are many books that can help you to begin your woodworking experience and here are a list of some that would be beneficial in this skill;

Woodworking With The Router by Bill Hylton
Relief Carving Workshop at Barnes and Nobel
Woodworking by Nancy MacDonald
Woodworking 101 by Aime Fraser
The Complete Book Of Woodworking by North American Affinity Clubs
First Projects For Woodcarvers by Larry Green and Mike Altman
– Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide To Woodworking by Jeff Jewitt
– Woodwork Step By Step by Dorling Kindersley
– The Magic Toolbox by Carl F. Neal
– New Built-Ins Ideal Book by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

There are many ways to accomplish a successful woodworking project. Every industry needs specific things to make the process more efficient.

Woodworking needs these tools to help make the job successful and many books to read on how to do the job properly, and to make it easier.