Top Woodworking Tips Straight From The Pros

TIPS! Use a pre-stain wood conditioner before applying a stain. You won’t have any blotches or unevenness when you use a conditioner.

woodworkingDo you want to make a business or just have a hobby? Are you good with your hands? Is woodworking something you’ve always wanted to try? Now you can. This article will help you get started in woodworking for whatever purpose you choose.

Tile Square

TIPS! You need a stair gauge inside your workshop. This is used for laying out stair jacks and can also be used to clamp a carpenter’s square.

Consider making your own sanding blocks that are reusable. Cut six 3/4″ pieces of plywood for each sandpaper grit. Be certain the pieces are about two and a half inches by four and three quarter inches. Use a spray glue on the blocks and the tile square. Put one block on the tile square and cut the cork with a utility knife. Use spray glue on sandpaper and stick it to the block. Cut the sandpaper flush and label the block.

TIPS! If your interior doors have loose hinges, you can simply fix it with a golf tee. Put the golf tee in the screw hole to prevent wiggling.

Make sure you choose the right wood for each project that you work on. In woodworking, different types of wood handle have different levels of stress tolerance. Learn about the types of wood you are using.

TIPS! Choose correctly-sized nails. Nails that are too large can cause the wood to split.

If you rent a tool, ask for a tutorial on how to use the tool. Sometimes you can even be taught how to use the tool properly which is usually faster and better than if you taught yourself. Also, ask about handouts or instruction sheets for your tool.

TIPS! Look around for free wood in your area. Businesses will have leftover pallets, and construction areas may have scrap wood they don’t need.

Whenever you’re thinking of cutting a piece of wood that’s narrow, don’t try to use your fingers to guide it. Instead, a long and thin piece of scrap wood should be used to push your piece through your saw. This helps you keep every finger, which are required for doing future woodworking.

Tin Snips

TIPS! Safety comes first when using a table saw. When crosscutting, you need to set the cut’s length with a block that has been clamped on the fence.

Use tin snips to trim laminate for your projects. These snips make it simple to trim down the laminate to a perfect size. Getting a set of tin snips you’ll only use for laminate will keep your snips sharp.

TIPS! Use a stair gauge if you are looking for a circular saw guide. Typically, stair gauges are used to calibrate stair jack rises and runs.

Dry fit your project together before beginning to glue. If you don’t and then try to do adjustments, chances are you’ll create damage to your project. A dry fitting will give you some idea of where each component goes.

TIPS! There are a few essential power tools that you should have on hand before beginning your woodworking project. If you lack them, get yourself a jigsaw, circular saw, power sander, drills, drivers and a table saw.

One of the essential tools for any woodworking shop is a stair gauge. They not only assist with stair jack layouts, but can also be used when your carpenter’s square needs to be clamped. This can make your carpenter’s square into a guide for your circular saw. When you use the square, every cut will be perfect.

TIPS! It is important to prepare the wood so it can evenly absorb the stain. You can do this by using pre-staining conditioner.

Be sure that your ears are properly protected. The machinery gets very noisy. You want to avoid hearing loss from prolonged exposure. You can get throwaway ear plugs or you can buy expensive headphones. Whatever you select, make sure that they are available when you plan on operating the machines.

TIPS! If you are going to work on a large project, think about looking at others’ plans. They can give you some ideas.

Be sure to wear solid, closed-toed shoes when pursuing woodworking projects. This is necessary since your work area may be full of wood chips, nails and all types of tools. You must protect your feet. Injuries like kicking something heavy or stepping on nails are quite common. Try to find shoes sturdy enough to handle walking in your work environment.

TIPS! When you are working around power woodworking equipment, never wear clothes that fit too loosely. Many accidents have happened due to it.

Do you now see how much fun woodworking can be? Do you want to give it a go yourself? Try it out today! Use the information you learned here to make your dreams about woodworking come true. By applying this knowledge, you’ll soon get to your woodworking dream.

Fishing the flats from a kayak – Part 1

kos2 Kayak flats fishing is my personal passion and it is my good fortune that I live in the probably the best place in the U.S. practice this sport.

The IRL is now a booming sport fishery thanks largely to the ban on commercial netting that has been in effect for several years.

Species like the Redfish (which was virtually wiped due the cuisine fad of blacken Redfish) have returned in great numbers. Flats fishing is primarily sight fishing that is seeing the fish you are trying to catch. A “Flats Boat” i.e. a boat used for flats fishing must be stealthy and able to run extremely shallow water.

The kayak fits this description to a tee. A kayak is low profile, quiet and capable of cruising over the shallowest of water. I first became interested in kayaking as a way of fishing the no motor zones of the IRL.

I had previously tried using canoes but found them to slow and also vulnerable in bad weather. A good fishing kayak offers the speed to search for fish and the stealth to approach fish closely with out spooking them.

redfish_very_smallI have modified several kayaks for flats fishing the kayak in the photo has several of my modifications including rod holders, silent paddle holder and bait well with an aerator. Since I first started using a kayak for flats fishing of I seldom use my powered flats boat. I have also used the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak in the past with good success.

The kayak for me is perfect I can out fish just about anything else and have access to waters restricted to powerboats. Another benefit of using the kayak is that paddling 10 or so miles while fishing gives you an excellent workout.

Make sure to also check out:

Fishing the flats from a kayak – Part 2

Fishing the flats from a kayak – Part 3

Fishing the flats from a kayak – Part 4