4 Top Tips For Woodworking Enthusiasts

You may have aspirations of becoming a woodworking specialist or cabinet maker, or you might just enjoy completing a few simple DIY carpentry projects.  Whatever your ability or ambition, you are sure to be interested in the following four top woodworking tips

Equip Your Workshop with the Right Tools

Perhaps the most important tip to take note of is to make sure that you equip your workshop with the best quality tools your budget will stretch to. Top quality tools might seem expensive to buy but they will last longer and will certainly give you better results for your investment than cheaper ones.

If you are just starting out on the road to carpentry glory or your available cash is limited, the most economical way to equip your workshop is to just buy the tools that you need for each project you do.

Save Money by Making Your Own Sanding Blocks

Something that you will use a lot on pretty much every woodworking project that you undertake are sanding blocks. You can save yourself some money and also some time by making your own.

To make your own sanding blocks, you will need some scrap wood, spray adhesive, cork tile, and sandpaper. Spray some adhesive onto a block of wood and stick the cork tile to it. Cut the cork so that it is flush with the wooden block. Spray the cork with adhesive and stick some sandpaper onto it, trimming the sandpaper so that it is flush with the block.

Make a batch of sanding blocks every now and then to keep your bench fully stocked.

Keep Your Projects Simple to Begin With

When you first start out on your woodworking adventure, it's very important to keep it simple.

Choose easy projects that won't take long to finish and gradually increase the degree of difficulty as you become more experienced.

Combat Glue Leakage and Reduce Mess and Waste

When making cabinetry or furniture, you will use lots of glue. Glue has a nasty habit of squidging out of joints as you assemble pieces of furniture, making a terrible mess and spoiling the finished result.

You can prevent glue leakage by placing pieces of painter's tape over the joints and cutting them down to size with a craft knife. To do this, split the two pieces of the joint, place tape over the top, add the glue to each piece, and then clamp them together. Remove the tape when the glue is dry and any excess will come off with the tape.