Every now and then you can better your skills. At your job, you may get in-office training to learn something new. Most hobbies do not have this advantage. If you want to learn more about woodworking, then you are in the right place.
Stair gauges can be used as crosscut guides. Clamp them to carpenter’s squares and be sure they match the runs and rises of the stair jacks. Then put a mark on the notches. You will make a crosscut guide for your circular saw when you put it on the carpenter’s square.
Know your budget so you know what you can make. It is quite common to be far more ambitious than the budget allows when working on a particular project. It is easy to get carried away, only thinking of the finished project. Then later realize the project costs too much to finish. Before taking anything on, know what you’re getting into.
When you develop a budget, remember to take into account all new items that must be purchased. It isn’t hard to overlook tools when you are concerned about the cost of wood and accessories for your project. But if there are things you are going to need that you don’t have, they can be budget breakers if you aren’t careful.
When staining furniture, turn to gel products. Gel stains can stick to lumber well, while liquid ones can run. Not only that, but gel stains tend to be thicker than liquid, so that the pigment is consistent, which makes for a more even stain on vertical and horizontal pieces.
We all have to try to get better. Whether you learn how to cook a new dish or learn a new woodworking technique, you can expand your horizons. With these tips in hand, you can get started on your very next project and surprise yourself with what you can actually make.