Carpentry and Miter Saw Tips for the Weekend Woodworker – Pt 3

Understand a woods characteristics before you use stain on it. Wood designated as “paint grade” is lower in quality and not suitable for staining. Particleboard will take on too much stain, while veneer doesn’t take on enough. Using the right wood ensures that your project will turn out just as you expected it to.

TIPS! Make your own reusable sanding block. A sanding block makes sanding much easier on your hands and gives you control, however you don’t need to buy an expensive holder for your sandpaper.

If the hinges on your interior doors are loose, you can use a golf tee to fix them. Take the door off and remove the hinges, then lightly tap the golf tee into the screw holes. Cut the excess, then put the door back on. The tee will allow the screw to bite into the door.

TIPS! Make sure that your woodworking area has lots of light. You will need it when you are painting, staining and sanding.

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You can make using spring grips easier. You might need to use spring clamps, but you may only have one free hand. Opening these with only one hand can be difficult. There are ways to make this more simple. Before you start to glue, put your clamps on some scrap wood while you have two free hands. This will get them in a position where you can use them with only one hand while gluing.

TIPS! Prior to doing any sanding, make sure to get the target surface wet. This will raise the grain.

Have you ever had trouble reaching certain screws using just you hand the the screwdriver? You can solve this problem. Use your 12 point socket with your long handle screwdriver. Fit the socket onto your screwdriver and attach it to your favorite ratchet.

TIPS! Do not use too many extension cords. Correct use means unplugging a tool when you finished with it and plugging in the next one you will be using.