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When creating crosscut guides, use a stair gauge. Clamp them to your carpenter’s square, and make sure they match your stair jack’s rise and run. Then you simply mark where the notches are. You have a great crosscut guide when you put each of them on the carpenter’s square together.
Opt for gel stains when staining furniture. Gel stains can stick to lumber well, while liquid ones can run. Also, because your gel stains are a lot thicker their pigment is going to be consistent while applying it so that the stain is more even on vertical and horizontal pieces.
Use tin snips if you are working with laminate. These let you cut laminate into a size you can use. Your tin snips will stay sharp if you only use them to cut the laminate.
Dry fittings prior to glue application are always a good idea. When you try to move things around after applying the glue, you’ll likely end up with a big mess. A dry-fit will give you a good idea of what components go where.
You need a good stair gauge in your shop. They are most often used to layout stair jacks, but you can use them to clamp your carpenter’s square. This will make them into guides for a circular saw. When you use this square, you’ll cut perfectly straight every time.
Always know the specific characteristics of the wood you are working with before you begin a staining project. Wood that is paint grade is not high quality. On the other hand, wood that is stain grade will stain better. Along the same lines, veneer is very different from particleboard because the former will not necessarily absorb stain properly; however, the latter typically absorbs too much stain. Buying the right wood will help make sure your project is a success.
Know the different characteristics of the woods that you’re using in your projects All wood is different. Different types of wood will respond to staining in different ways. Different woods will splinter in unique ways. And, you will notice a plethora of grains. This is all important as you embark on your next woodworking project.
With the information presented here, you can get off to a good start in woodworking. Keep exploring different articles and ideas so that you will be on your way to becoming an excellent woodworker. Marvel at the things you can make.