6 Woodworking Tips to Improve Your Efficiency

by Jason on February 2, 2019

In the world of woodworking, it is crucial that you find ways to work smarter instead of harder. These tips will help you to do just that.

#1. Use a sanding block.

There are numerous woodworking projects which require you to sand surfaces by hand to prevent unintentional damage. Instead of rubbing the sandpaper along the surface, use a block instead. This tool will produce less dust than other methods, provide specific results, and allow you to still work with speed.

#2. Stop using drywall screws.

Beginners often choose drywall screws for their projects because they are often cheaper and shaped in a similar way.

Traditional wood screws are a better option because the top has a smooth surface which won’t grip to the board as you set it. That one feature makes it a lot easier to clamp the wood pieces you’re working on at any given moment.

Drywall screws tend to have steel shafts that grow brittle over time as well. Choose a product designed for the type of wood that you require.

Don’t take shortcuts here. Drill out your pilot hole, set your counterbore, and remember that you need a countersink.

#3. Know the moisture content of your wood.

If the wood you are using for your latest project is too dry, then it can crack or swell when you get through your woodworking plans. If it is too moist, then the product could warp or shrink once you’ve finished the work.

Not knowing the current moisture content of the wood results in a majority of the errors that beginners face when they start working on a project. The only way to prevent this issue is to work with a reliable moisture meter or app.

#4. Measure with the correct equipment.

Many woodworkers begin by measuring with a standard tape that they find in their toolbox. There are some who use a yardstick!

A better option is to purchase a reliable drafting square. You will find them to be easier to use than the ones meant for drywall, with the results more reliable as well.

This product also eliminates the issues that can come about sometimes when hooking up a carpenter square to the project.

#5. Make sure that you stay organized.

If you have ever lost the tape while wrapping Christmas presents, then you know what it’s like to be a woodworker trying to find their tools. The best way to reduce downtime when working on a project is to stay as clean and organized as possible. Keep out the items that you use every day only. Everything else should be in a well-labeled spot for easy access when needed.

#6. Sharpen your blades on a regular basis.

Most woodworkers remember to sharpen their saw, scrapers, and similar blades. Don’t forget to keep your chisels, gouges, and other tools sharp too. If you nick or chip one, then you need to grind out the flaw before a proper edge can return to the instrument.

Woodworking is lots of fun when you can work efficiently. These tips will help you to do just that.

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