It is important that you have a realistic idea of your budget and what you can make with it. Sometimes your wallet will restrict what you can actually do. You start your project with great enthusiasm, but you run out of money half way through. If you research this prior to starting, you can avoid this type of disappointment.

Clean your saw’s teeth before cutting lumber. To thoroughly clean your saw blade dip a shop rag into a little acetone and wipe the blade thoroughly. Additionally, using a piece of sandpaper that has a fine grit will remove any sap or gumminess from your skill saw’s cutting blades.

Dust can ruin the finish of any wood crating project. Keep dust away from your projects and workbench by vacuuming it up. If you blow or brush it away, it will just land somewhere else, likely back on your project. Also, use a damp cloth to wipe all surfaces before you begin top-coating, or staining.

Familiarize yourself with the tools that you are going to use. This is a very important tip for the beginner, but even more advanced woodworkers can benefit from it too. Lay out the tools and make sure that you know the workings of each one. If you’ve got a brand new tool to you, spend the time that you need with it.

Do you find that your joint compound seems to dry out in between uses? There is a simple fix to help keep your joint compound moist. Simply pour a small amount of water on top of your joint compound before sealing it. The next time you need to use the joint compound, drain off the excess water and your joint compound will be perfectly moist.

Always follow the owner’s manual when using one of your wood crating tools. Not knowing the manual’s recommendations can result in injury or failure of your tool, and you surely do not want either of these to happen to you. If you have not yet read your manuals do so right away!

Take advantage of several tools instead of trying to do all of your work on just one. A jig, a tablesaw, a bandsaw and a lathe all have their own uses. It is important that you know what each of these tools do and you use them accordingly while getting the job done.

Make accurate lines and measurements by using a drafting square instead of a drywall square, yardstick or ruler. Drafting squares are smaller and easier to manage and are much more accurate than any of these tools. This is a handy tool to keep at your side because it is smaller. Additionally, drafting squares are very affordable, selling for about five bucks at any art supply store.

With all of this advice fresh in your mind, the time is now to tackle the world of working with wood. Any project you have dreamed of creating is now within your reach. Take your time as you review each tip and start to use it as you build your first project and the results will be astounding.

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