Beginners Woodworking Videos
"How To" videos for beginner woodworkers.
I have only used this trick on a couple of occasions, but it works really well. If you even are gluing boards together and you are not certain whether or not you will need to break that glue joint, what you can do is glue both sides of the board with a thin piece of paper between them. I have only done this a couple of times, but both times this trick worked excellently.
Someone asked me if clamping a steel square to a table saw blade was a bad idea, so they could better check "squareness". My response was, yes you can do that but be careful you don't bump or bang any or the carbide teeth on the blade. I carefully attached my steel square to the blade making certain I was between carbide teeth, then clamped it there with a quick-release clamp. When I shined a light on the bottom of the square, I could easily see light coming from under the square.
When you are looking for lumber, there are 2 things you need to know, 1) what are the dimensions of the wood and 2) how wet is the wood For the latter, you need to have a moisture meter. Now you can get by without one, but you can also get by without a table saw too. If you are serious about woodworking and want to eventually produce some good quality pieces, you need to purchase good quality lumber, and knowing the moisture content will be paramount. #woodworking
Moisture content is almost never talked about but it is THE most important issue when you are buying wood because almost everything that falls out of your builds that becomes problematic is a result of the high moisture contained in your wood. We all love to build things but trying to build quality furniture from construction grade 2x4s is usually a miss match of wood to project.
I love this idea. How many times have you opened a half-empty can of finish of whatever, varnish, paint, hardening oil and discovered that there is huge "skin" that has formed over the finish that now has to be broken through. Someone has developed this thick plastic bag that includes filler parts to help fill it up and now you can have your finish in a plastic container with all the air squeezed out so that "skins" will not form and end up getting mixed up in your finishing product.
I make batches of these things from time to time and give them away ... people love these for storing their electronics and phone cables. Again I start with a larger piece of wood and work at making it smaller until it is the right size, then I cut the slots for the cables with my bandsaw. Again I find the bandsaw safer and sometimes the table saw blade will chip one of the smaller pieces because they are somewhat fragile at that smaller size, so the bandsaw is a better bet.
I have never tried this and at first blush, it might sound like a good idea - but it's NOT, and here's why. The router bit as it sits in a router table, rotates in counter-clockwise position and we push wood through the router bit running from right to left because the router bit has at least half of its diameter behind the plane of the fence, so the cutters are cutting into the wood as we are pushing it through. #woodworking
Using hacksaw blades for cutting sandpaper sheets has been around for a long time ... it's where you use the hacksaw blades that is creative and mounting a hacksaw blade to the side of a workbench top, may not be the best idea unless it is in a spot that never gets uses or a part of a bench that is out of the way.
As I understand it ... all (or nearly all) plywood manufactures belong to an association that sets the standards for plywood. One of the standards is that plywood should be thinner than it's designated size. For example, a sheet of 3/4 inch plywood should never exceed the thickness of 3/4 inch which means most plants will make their plywood somewhat thinner so that when you purchase it, the plywood will be varied by how thick it is, but it will be less than 3/4 when you purchase it.
Bad Idea: Ripping bowed or crooked wood. Any wood that you are pushing through the table saw needs to be flat against the table saw top, and straight against the table saw fence. If you do not have a jointer, there are other ways, jigs, and techniques of making the wood flat and straight ... and safe to cut. #woodworking
Basically, all I do is use them as a mini scraper to scrape off the glue before it sets. It's quick and easy and it means you don't have to do a wholesale sanding of the whole board just to get off a drop or two or glue. I even have a little mini scraper I made to get a better grip on them that comes in useful from time to time especially on edges and corners. #woodworking
I purchase 2 kinds of disposable glove, the better quality ones that are vinyl, and are a bit tougher to work in, I purchase from tool supply stores, but the more lightweight glove, the ones that I use for working with CA glues, I am now finding at dollar stores and these gloves are great because CA glue does not stick to them. They are bit lightweight for working gloves but are perfect for small jobs like painting or staining, and especially for working with CA glues.
I have been using this stuff for years and a roll lasts me about a year. This material is like twist-tie material and the rolls I use are often used in gardening, but I use it everywhere and the little packages often come with a little snip-off tool attached so you can cut off just the amount you need every time.
These things are great because I can see instantly what is in them and they are more convenient for holding things especially smaller things like screws, nails and in my case different size and lengths of dowels. With these, I can put the whole container on my workbench, and now worry that some of the dowels will roll off on to the floor and they are always quick and easy access.