Woodworking tricks used by pros
Not everyone is born a handyman. Since most of us barely have time to do our regular daily chores, it’s quite a challenge trying to find time to learn interesting tips and fact that woodworking pros use. So here you have some ideas and cool things that you might want to try next time you need some quick fixes around your house.
Especially while using glue but even when handling wood, there’s a risk or leaving dents or gouges on its surface. Because gouges are areas where the wood fibers are damaged or removes, you need to fill them. Dents are not so critical because they consist only of crushed fibers and can be fixed without any filling.
In order to fix the dents, just pour a couple of drops of water into the dent and let it soak in for a couple of seconds. If the water is not enough, you can add just enough to fill it all. Then, take a thin cardboard piece of a damp cloth and place it over the surface. Using an iron, press it gently. As soon as the water seeps into the damaged fibers, the hot iron will start making steams. This way, the crushed fibers are pushed and the surface gets even. The only reason why you need a damp cloth or the cardboard is to prevent the iron from leaving marks on the wood surface.
The worst thing that can happen when working with wood is the glue stains. To prevent these incidents, you can clamp the pieces of wood without using glue. Just put tape and cut along using a sharp blade. When the pieces are separated, you can clamp them together. Because the glue discharges onto the tape and not the wood, you can easily peel off the tape prior to the flue getting dried.
Whenever you need to cut, shape, file, or use the best drill press, you should use the hot glue gun and stick the piece so that it stays on a pedestal stick. Since the hot glue does wonders at holding anything in place, it’s better than using clamps. Once the project is finished, use a putty knife and gently make it loose. However, don’t apply too much force because you can tear up the wood or damage the piece.
Safety is vital when working with wood. This is the main reason why you must set the cut length using a block attached to the fence if you’re crosscutting straight on the table saw.