Woodworking for Beginners: Hardwood Floors Refinishing and Sanding

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This video shows how to get professional results when finishing a hardwood floor. Step-by-step instructions cover everything from rough sanding to the final coat.

Other Woodworking Tips:

Woodworking is something you learn. While it can seem daunting at first, by studying and practicing, it is possible to acquire staggering woodworking skills. Learning is what will make your skills grow. Take the skills you read about and apply them to your own woodworking tasks. Keep reading to find out everything you can about woodworking.

Always make safety first with a woodworking project. Always start a job with the proper safety gear and follow instructions for using the tools properly. Don’t take guards off of the power tools. You can’t complete the project if you end up hurting yourself.

Use stair gauges as a crosscut guide. Match them to the rise and run of your stair jack, then attach them to the carpenter’s square. Then you can mark notches. When you clamp them on the one tongue of the carpenter’s square it will become a good crosscut guide for your circular saw.

TIP! Stir your paint and stain, don’t shake it! There are ingredients in these types of products that can settle over a period of time. Shaking can make it have bubbles and it won’t mix well.

Gel Stains

When staining furniture, turn to gel products. Gel stains work better on lumber because the liquid kind usually run. Gel stains are also thicker which means they’re more consistent.

Tin snips are important accessories to use when you are woodworking. These snips make it simple to trim down the laminate to a perfect size. Make sure that you designate tin snips to be used for laminate cutting only, as cutting other things with the tin snips will affect their sharpness.

TIP! Have a budget before beginning any woodworking project. Often times your ideas are bigger than your wallet with woodworking projects.

Many people have a small ruler on them when working in the shop. Sometimes it will fall out of your pocket when you move around. Get a metal one and keep it in the pocket that has the little telescoping magnet for picking up loose screws. Keep the ruler and the magnet in the same pocket. The ruler will stay in place.

Do not become too much of a perfectionist with your tape measures. Try using a story stick, gradually working your way to cutting. Cut on scrap wood initially; this allows you to try out a fitting. Having more than one way to approach a cut keeps things fresh and interesting, avoiding boredom and accidents from mental lapses.

Having a couple of beers when you are working on a project may seem like a good idea sometimes. However, drinking and working with saws is a terrible idea. Never mix alcohol and this craft. Illegal and prescription drugs should also be avoided when working with woods.

TIP! When you’re working out a budget, you have to think about itemizing the new tools you may have to purchase. It’s easy to forget this when you are just focusing on the cost of the wood.

Keep a lookout for old furniture that people are going to throw out. You can often find pieces that are free or which are very cheap. What can you do with the piece? If an old dresser has outlived its usefulness, the wood itself has not. Use the drawers to fashion an artistic bookcase.

Don’t apply excess pressure when sanding. Using pressure while sanding may cause your surface to become uneven. If you are using the right grit, you do not have to be forceful. Use a circular motion and sand lightly.

Make your own sanding block. Sanding blocks make sanding easier, gives you more control and you can make your own. Simply use plywood that’s scrap to create your own. Cut some scrap wood for every sandpaper grit you have, spray adhesive on it and then apply the sandpaper.

TIP! Add spring to the grip. There are some times when you have to try using a spring clamp, but you may just be only able to use a single hand.

Power Sander

There are a number of power tools you should have in your possession before starting woodworking. Table, circular and jigsaws, as well as a drill and power sander are all must haves. Orbital sanders are great, but really any power sander will do.

Prior to staining, make sure to get the wood ready. One of the best ways to do this is by applying a pre-stain wood conditioner. The conditioners soak in the grain and help bring in the stain. When you apply the stain, use a rag to wipe up any excess stain on the wood.

TIP! Ear protection is vital when you begin a project. Woodworking machinery is very noisy.

Don’t throw away scrap wood! You don’t know just when you’re going to need a tiny wood piece to fill a gap. Smaller wood pieces are great for practicing with new tools.

As previously mentioned, woodworking is a type of skill that is able to be taught to anyone. The key to succeeding here is learn as much as you can on the skills necessary to be good at woodworking. You’ll eventually become a master woodworker by using the tips you just learned.


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