We’ve rounded up a few our favorite tips and tricks to make any project easier to tackle. Being a makerspace, we’ve figured out some things the hard way and learned how to make to make things easier for you. Whether you are just figuring out how to properly hold a hammer or you’ve always had sawdust in your veins, we want to make your woodworking journey that much more manageable!
1. Drilled a hole too big or fixing an existing hole? Mix a bit of sawdust (preferably of the same type of wood!) with a little bit of glue to fill in the hole. Wait until dry, then re-drill the hole. (Here’s another article on filling pocket holes.)
2. Prevent glue from oozing: Place some painter’s tape along the edge where you are gluing to make cleanup easier. This is especially great when gluing up hard-to-reach corners difficult sanding spots.
Pro tip: If you are planning on staining the wood, this step can save you from having those glue spots show up!
3. Prevent plywood splitting: place masking tape along edge you are cutting. This is especially great when you are doing finishing cuts or small cuts.
Pro tip: Cutting across the grain is when this happens most often! More tips on this here.
4. Scribe a line with washers. This is great for transferring an exact line or if you have an uneven shape you are trying to match!
5. Make sure you’re getting an accurate measure. Most tape measures have their length written on them to help make sure you get a precise measurement on those tight spots.
6. Use a notebook or magazine with sandpaper to make an easy sanding tool for curves!
What tips and tricks do you have that make some of those little steps that make your work just that much easier?