Create a reusable sanding block. Sanding is much easier with a sanding block, but it is not necessary to purchase a commercial holder for sandpaper. Make sure you are using plywood scraps to create your own. Cut out scraps of wood for the sandpaper, then spray it with the adhesive and apply the sandpaper.
If you bought wood for a project, keep them away from moisture. Moisture will raise the grain and cause the wood pieces to warp. Store your materials in a dry spot. Flat boards should be laid down flat on the floor to minimize warping due to changes in temperature.
Do you lose drill press key chucks often? A good way to keep them within reach is to drill a hole somewhere on the drill press they fit. On top of the press is a good place, where you can see it. Drill a small hole the exact same size of the chuck’s crossbar and it will fit in perfectly.
A handy tool for every woodworking shop is a stair gauge. They can be used to clamp a carpenter’s square along with laying out stair jacks. It will convert a carpenter’s square into your guide for the circular saw. Using the square, you will have perfectly straight cuts every time.
Always disconnect the power of your power tools before you change blades or do any maintenance work on it. It is very dangerous to leave the electrical tool plugged in when you change blades. If the tool turned on, it would be a catastrophe. Always remember this tip to stay safe while woodworking.
Keep the floors safe in your woodworking shop. Dust builds up on the floor, making it dangerous for walking. Coat the slippery areas of your shop with a mixture of crushed walnut shells and paint. The walnut shells are just the right consistency to keep the floor rough enough for walking, even when sawdust builds up. Make sure your workbench is the proper height. It really can make a big difference. It needs to fit you and how you work. Usually if you are around 5’6″ to 5’9″ you probably need one that is between 33″ and 36″ high. If you are 5’10″ or taller, you may need one that is between 35″ and 37″ high. Use your bench at its current height to determine if you need to change it to work better for you.
Take advantage of several tools instead of trying to do all of your work on just one. A jig, a tablesaw, a bandsaw and a lathe all have their own uses. It is important that you know what each of these tools do and you use them accordingly while getting the job done. When working on heaving woodworking machinery, like a band saw, or a lathe, keep distractions to a minimum. One slip can cause the ruin of your project. No only that, but you can get injured as well. Always pay 100% attention to what you are doing and keep your eye on your work.
Stair gauges are very important devices for you to use. Clamp your carpenter’s square to your stair gauges while ensuring they coincide with the rise and run of your stair jack. Then you simply mark where the notches are. Putting them on the carpenter’s square tongue makes for a great guide for a circular saw.