7 Simple Tips for Efficient Woodworking

Woodworking can be simple but tedious unless you use the right tools. Tools hold the same importance for both professionals and hobbyists. The secret is knowing which tools to use and how to use them efficiently.

These simple tips mentioned below can take your woodworking skills to the next level. Not to mention that you will save precious time and energy. If you use these tips religiously, woodworking will surely become more pleasurable and less tiresome.  

So, without any further ado, let’s introduce a few simple and efficient ways to woodwork:  

  1. Measure the Moisture Content

Every piece of wood has different moisture content. According to experts, significant problems can arise in finished woodwork if the moisture content was not measured properly. Around 80% of all problems in an end-product can be traced back to incorrect moisture content.

If the moisture content is too low, the end product may swell or get cracks on it. If it’s too high, there is a chance that the product might get distorted or shrink.

If you are using two different kinds of wood, it’s vital to measure and know the moisture content of both pieces so that you can use the right kind of glue to fit them properly.

For both professionals and hobbyists, you can’t go wrong in choosing a moisture meter to avoid ruining your projects.  

  1. Measure Accurately

There’s a saying: Measure twice, cut once. Every woodworker knows how irritating and time consuming it can be to work on the same piece over and over again because of wrong measurements. Therefore, it’s imperative to find the right measuring tool to aid you efficiently.  

It’s fine to use a measuring tape or a yardstick, but be aware that you will surely not find the right measurement on the first try. Sometimes not even on the second one. So it’s better to invest in a reliable drafting square.

Drafting squares are easier to use with the results more accurate and reliable. They are also great for hooking up a carpenter square to the woodworking project.

  1. The Efficiency of Sanding Blocks

Without a doubt, sanding is one of the most important parts of any woodwork project. Sanding can feel like a chore if you do it by hand. Not to mention, it is very time consuming and can be strenuous.

An easy way to sand is to use sand blocks and high-quality sandpapers. You also have the option to use power sanders but the result is less satisfactory than using a sand block.

A sand block distributes pressure evenly and maintains a flatter surface. It also produces less dust and is quieter than a power sander.

Sand blocks lessen unintentional damages. They also let you maintain your speed while producing a specific result. Something you can’t achieve by using even the highest quality sandpapers.

  1. Don’t Use Drywall Screws

Drywall screws are cheaper and easier to find. It’s convenient to use them because they are shaped in similar ways. But instead of using drywall screws, it’s better to use wood screws to fasten two pieces of wood.

Wood screws are usually made of thick but soft metals which makes them resistant to breaking. Drywalls are made from steel, which can grow brittle over time and they could easily break when screwed on the hardwood. Not only that, it’s impossible to get drywall screws out of a piece without damage after installation.

Wood screw’s top part has a smooth shank that doesn’t grip the outer board first. That allows it to be removed more easily after installation without causing any damage.

  1. Workbenches

Workbenches are essential. You need one, period. This isn’t just going to be the place where you work, it’s also where you are going to keep your tools organized and keep track of them. If you also need to mount a vise, a workbench comes in handy.

Rather than getting just any workbenches, opt for a portable one. Portable workbenches can be the answer to everything mentioned above and more to getting stuff done with ease.

Portable workbenches come in two basic designs. One that you can break down and fold, they are compact and easy to move around or transport anywhere. Or you can go for one that can be collapsed to use maximum space in a limited area. After use, they can be tucked back into the wall.    

A workbench should be sturdy and durable, aim for high-quality materials to ensure longevity.    

  1. Know How to Avoid Glue Stains

Dry glue stains around the joints can easily ruin the aesthetics of beautiful woodworking. But it’s also quite easy to avoid them.

Clamp together two pieces of wood without glue and wrap masking tape around the two pieces over the joint. Cut the tape and separate the pieces. Now, apply the glue and clamp them together again. The glue will ooze on the masking tape and not on the pieces themselves. Don’t forget to remove the tape before the glue dries.

  1. Sharp Blades Are Essential

Dull blades can tear at wood fibers and create a fuzzy and uneven look. This will not only look unprofessional but also unpolished.

You need to sharpen your saw, scrapers, planes, chisels and other similar blades regularly. You must also be careful if you nick or chip one of your tools, don’t use them till you have grinded out the flaw to bring back the proper edge of the instrument.

Also, avoid letting them your blades from getting too hot. The blades will lose their temper. You can dip them in cool water every few minutes if they are getting hot while you are working with them.  

Closing Comments

You could be a professional woodworker or a beginner but there are a few basic points to remember if you want to work efficiently.

Keep your working place well-lit and well-organized. You can also paint the ceiling white to diffuse light and build racks to hang your tools in designated places.

Try to avoid heavy, big machinery as much as you can. Invest in more heirloom-quality type tools with a higher price tag, even if the price you are paying might seem an unnecessary expense now, quality tools will save you money, frustration and time in the long run.

All these simple tips will give you more confidence in your work and remember, if you take care of your tools, they will take care of your work!

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