If you’re in the business of fixing up homes or you simply like to do DIY projects around your own house, it never hurts to develop a bit of skill in woodworking. That doesn’t mean you have to make it your main hobby (as many woodworking enthusiasts tend to do), but it’s always nice to have specific skills that can save you money and give you something to do when fixing up a home.
In the end, only education and practice can truly make you a skilled DIYer with regard to woodworking. With all this in mind, here are five general tips about this particular home improvement activity.
1. Seek Out Inspiration
You may have a few very specific crafting or carpentry jobs that need doing, in which case inspiration may not be necessary. Nonetheless, browsing on Pinterest for a few seconds can turn up some interesting woodworking projects that may ultimately give you a few ideas for home improvements you hadn’t thought of before. Research and inspiration make for a great foundation.
2. Gain Perspective On Sawing
This may sound weirdly specific, but if you’re not someone who’s particularly accustomed to woodworking, you may imagine that most cutting projects are done with a simple handsaw. That’s not always the case. Bob Vila wrote up a list of all the vital tools that a DIY carpenter ought to have on hand, and as you might notice that several different kinds of saws are mentioned. You don’t necessarily need them all, but you may want to prepare to stock up on a few heavy-duty pieces of cutting equipment.
3. Have the Right Equipment for Sanding
Sticking with tools for a moment, it’s a good bet that most newcomers to woodworking don’t quite realise what they’re getting into from a sanding perspective either. You may think of sanding as a task to be completed with a little hand sander but there’s a lot more to it! Screwfix does a helpful job of laying out a variety of woodworking tools and depending on the job a wood lathe might come in handy for sanding, cutting and more. A hand sander is good for certain smaller or more intricate projects, but it’s hard to operate evenly and takes a great deal of effort. A lathe can help stabilise your project while you get into the details.
4. Spend Time On Measuring & Marking
This is a smaller tip, but still one to keep in mind. DIY Advice called accurate marking and measuring one of the most fundamental skills in carpentry, and that’s a difficult assertion to disagree with. There’s a reason for that the golden rule of wood working exists, “measure twice, cut once.”
5. Approach The Job Diligently
Finally, here’s a tip that can be applied to almost any household repair or upkeep effort. See it through once you start. Where carpentry and woodworking are concerned, it’s easy to want to take a break from a job that will take a few days or even a week. However, interrupting your efforts can result in an uneven job, not to mention that it makes you less efficient. It’s always best to attack a job when you’re certain you have time to stick with it and finish up.