5 Tips For Woodworkers / Woodworking Beginners

We have some tips to pass on to our fellow woodworkers. These tips are for beginning and seasoned woodworkers. There are new tricks being discovered all the time that even pro's may not be aware of.

Woodworking Tips For Beginners

5 tips for wood workers
Tape is a real woodworkers friend. Blue masking tape seems to work best. If you are making something and both sides of the wood will be visible, put tape on the front side. Rather than marking up the wood with pencil that you will have to sand off later, write on the tape that peels off without a trace.

Acid brushes are great at spreading glue. Acid brushes are normally used to spread flux on a pipe joint. The brushes are inexpensive and can last many uses if kept clean. Putting glue on a joint from a bottle or tube is not precise. Put some glue on the joint from the bottle and then spread out evenly with the brush.

Today's glues are usually stronger that the parts they are mating. By spreading the glue out evenly on a glue joint, you can get a superior bond. If you try to break a board that has been properly glued, it will probably break somewhere other than the glue joint.

 

How do you set the blade depth on a table saw? The recommended way is to set the blade so the gullet (or the rounded valley between the teeth) is even with the top of the wood you are cutting. A fine tooth blade (example 80 teeth) will stick out much less than a coarse blade (example 20 teeth).

Cutting a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood on a table saw by yourself is difficult and dangerous. Use a piece of building foam, lay the plywood on it. Adjust the depth of the blade on your circular saw to just cut the wood. You can reuse the foam board many times.

If you are cutting anything that is larger than the table saw table top, you need out tables. It's ideal to have two of these out tables set so they are the same height as the table saw table. You can make two 4 x 4 tables out of one sheet of plywood. Place one out table on the back side of your saw to support long pieces you cut and one table beside your saw for wide pieces.

Here's a bonus tip: Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty sound familiar. When taking the blade off your table saw, pull the wrench in the direction of the teeth to loosen the nut. Put a wood dowel in the groove between the teeth and let it rest on the table surface. As you pull to loosen the nut the wood dowel will hold the blade from turning.

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