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Woodworking Tips to Boost Your Efficiency
29.10.2017 05:05
Woodworking is the creation of a project from wood that with the aid of tools and skill, you can produce whatever the mind can imagine. There are no limits to what you can build whether it is a simple bird house for the beginner, unique furniture found through out the home, beautiful cabinets of all description to fill the need in a home or work place. .

8 Woodworking Tips to Boost Your Efficiency

Weve all heard the adage: work smarter, not harder. It makes good sense, so here are eight woodworking tips to make your shop work easier and more efficient:

1 Sanding made easier

SandingBlockSanding woodwork by hand may seem like a chore, but with special tools and high-quality sandpaper, youll get excellent results that often outshine a power sander. Besides, its quieter, doesnt produce clouds of dust, and may get into places power sanders cant.

Use a sanding block for faster, more efficient results. It distributes sanding pressure more evenly and maintains a flatter surface than merely folding a piece of sandpaper. Also, change sandpaper often.

Sand with the grain of the wood, especially for the final grits. To remove deep scratches and stains, angle across the grain up to about 45 for the first sanding. Before moving to the next finer grit, sand with the grain to remove all cross-grain scratches.

For sanding painted surfaces, buy clog-resistant sandpaper. The paint will build up slower than on standard sandpaper.

2 Avoid drywall screws for woodworking

When screwing two pieces of wood together, use the traditional wood screw over the drywall screw for better results.

A drywall screw is threaded the full length. Since the top threads tend to grip the first board it enters, this can force two pieces of wood apart slightly because you have threads in both boards.

The top part of a wood screw, on the other hand, has a smooth shank that wont grip the first board. This makes it easier to clamp two pieces of wood together.

Theres another reason to avoid drywall screws: The hardened, brittle steel shafts of drywall screws will often break during installation, especially when screwed into hardwoods. Removing them from a finished material is nearly impossible and getting them out damages the surface.

Wood screws are made of thicker, softer metal, so theyre break-resistant.

Wood screws do, however, require you drill:

A pilot hole for woodworking tools the threads

A wider counterbore hole the length of the non-threaded shaft

A countersink hole for setting the head

However, you can easily handle all three drilling chores by buying a set of three countersinking bits. They handle most common screw sizes.

3 Know your woods moisture content

When building with wood, you must know the correct moisture content of each piece of wood.

Too dry, and the finished product may swell or crack. Too moist, and the end product may shrink or warp. Its no wonder experts say incorrect moisture causes 80% of all woodworking problems.

Therefore, its critical to know the moisture content of each piece of wood before it is used. For instance, if youre planning an inlay job using two different species of wood, youll need to know the moisture content of each type so that your inlay glue joints stay intact.

A failsafe way to avoid a ruined project is to use a moisture meter.

Wagner Meters is one provider for both professionals and hobbyists a variety of highly accurate, professional-grade moisture meters.

Use a free wood moisture app

To help solve your moisture problems easily and quickly, Wagner offers you the FREE Wood H2O mobile app. This handy app calculates equilibrium moisture content (EMC), troubleshoots many common wood moisture problems, and accesses helpful resources.

4 Prevent excess glue stains

To eliminate stains caused by oozing glue along joints, clamp the pieces together without glue. Apply masking tape over the joint and then cut it with a utility knife.

Next, separate the pieces, apply the glue, and clamp them together again. The glue will ooze onto the tape, not the wood. Remove the tape before the glue dries.

5 Measure with a drafting square

Make accurate measuring and marking layouts on boards faster and easier with a drafting square available at any art supply store.

When you need an accurate square in the 2- to 3-foot range, drafting squares beat the cumbersome drywall squares for accuracy and eliminate the hassle of hooking up a carpenter square.

6 Keep a clean, orderly workspace

Achieving efficiency in your shop can sometimes be as simple as clearing clutter from your work area. A disorderly work area can hinder your productivity.

Another tip: Only keep out items that you use daily. Everything else should be put in designated areas so theyre quickly retrievable when needed.

7 Keep a well-lit shop

Pay special attention to lighting. You should have consistent and ample illumination on all work areas so you can work from any angle without casting shadows. This ensures safety and productivity.

Consider:

Overhead lighting

Focused lighting

On-tool lights

Painting walls and the ceiling white can help diffuse the light.

8 Keep your blades sharp

Dull tools such as chisels, blades, planes, scrapers and gouges dont cut cleanly. They tear at the wood fibers resulting in a fuzzy, uneven, unprofessional look.

Tools that have been chipped or nicked require grinding. A bench grinder, wet grinder, or even a belt sander can be used.

Avoid letting your tool get too hot when using a bench grinder or belt sander to prevent it from losing temper. Dipping it in a pan of cool water every few seconds will help.

After grinding, proceed to honing using either a flat wet stone or oil stone. A wet stone is preferred when doing fine woodworking.

The final step is polishing using a fine wet stone, a stropping wheel or leather.

Tools with sharper blades make woodworking easier, more efficient, and safer.

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