01 Sep The Best Carpentry Tips and Advice
It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby and what’s a better hobby to pick up than carpentry? Here are tips to better your skills.
Test your idea
Before you start with your project, it’d be a great idea if you made a small model of the said project so as to foresee the problems you could face. For example, if your project is building a chair, then it’d be wise make a tiny model out of wood.
Make sure you have a bench saw
Whatever you’re working on, a bench saw is a quintessential tool that you must possess. Be creative if you do not have enough space to set up a bench saw. Do keep in mind to have enough space, nonetheless.
Use a nail drill
If you’re not comfortable using a hammer to punch nails, it’s always better to use a nail drill as this can not only save time but also perfectly drill nails. Rent a nail drill if you do not have enough money. After you have enough, purchase one as it is never a bad idea to invest in tools for future projects. If you’re an amateur, buy one that fits just one size.
Write your measurements down
Memorizing each and every measurement that you have taken, especially for a novice, can be overwhelming. This is why it’s safe to write them down on a piece of paper or a book. Make a project book and write each measurement down. As you get better, you’ll be able to memorise them and hence, not need to write them down.
Have an all-purpose hammer at your disposal
You’ll never know when you have to remove or hammer a nail. That is why it is recommended to keep a hammer at your disposal at all times while carpeting so that you won’t have to waste time figuring out what to do with a certain nail situation.
It’s okay if you do not use strings and stakes
A typical picture that rushes into our heads when thinking about carpentry is that of a complex mechanism which involves a series of strings to point out the positions of postholes. This, however, isn’t advisable since many other ways are better. You can always use lumber as a template instead of strings and stakes.
Carpentry is a hobby that takes patience and practice. The only way you can get better is by working on your projects regularly. Experience indeed is the best teacher when it comes to carpentry and the more you experience, the more you’ll find yourself enjoying and learning.