3) Learning How to Pick the Best Woodworking Materials
Now you have your workspace and your tools; great! But how can you do any woodworking project without essential woodworking materials? And take it from the pros—not all materials are the same. Some will be high quality, some just about average, and some will be so bad that it won’t last a day in your workshop. You can’t always trust the salesmen to give you the best materials for the best deals, so you need to make sure you understand the fundamentals when it comes to sorting the good from the bad.
Firstly, look for portable moisture indicators on the material; dryness is a very crucial element. If you don’t know what this is, ask an employee for assistance. Next, try to inspect the wood and see if you can find any natural crooks or twists in the wood; these can prove to be problematic. Other defects you can search for include screw marks, and fungus. And of course, inspect the bow, or the curve along the stock. If there is just one bow, that should be fine; more than one, and you may have a problem.
4) Stay Safe
Don’t start any woodworking without knowing the essential safety rules. Equip yourself with a full set of safety equipment, which includes appropriate work clothes, extension cords, hearing protection, goggles, and protective sleeves for sharper tools, especially if you have children in your home.
When planning your workspace, remember that it has to remain what it is: a workspace. This means no distractions, such as a television or radio, which may end up costing you severely while you’re in the middle of a project. Some other essential safety tips include always working against the cutter’s grain, and shutting off power supplies before you change your blades.