8 Woodworking Tips To Work Faster And Smarter

For every woodworking problem, there is always a solution.

Woodworking can get pretty challenging. It’s inevitable to make a lot of mistakes along the way. There, definitely, will be a couple of hits and misses. On a bad day, there might even be more misses than hits. It’s really just a matter of perseverance. Giving up is just an option to get things right in woodworking.

The good thing about woodworking is that there is always a solution to a problem. No matter how big or small a problem is, there is a solution to it. Of course, there will be times when it seems like a dead end and that could be pretty frustrating.

In fact, it has been proven that woodworking breeds creativity. Since the hands are in action, the mind is as well. Not only does that breed creativity, it also brings a sense of joy.

On the other hand, that frustration could stretch the mind to become more creative. In fact, it has been proven that woodworking breeds creativity. Since the hands are in action, the mind is as well. Not only does that breed creativity, it also brings a sense of joy. (1)

So, the point I’m trying to make here is pretty simple. Woodworking challenges are solvable. In fact, there are simple tips that can help overcome the usual challenges in woodworking. Here are 8 woodworking tips to work faster and smarter.

8. Save Paint Tray With Aluminum Foil. It’s hard to keep the paint tray clean considering all the colors that go in it. At some point, an over-used paint tray would have to be thrown out. That can easily be avoided if the paint tray is covered by aluminum foil. The video (at the end of this article) shows how to do just that.

“Don’t waste your paint tray. Use some aluminum foil. Add paint and when you are finished, just throw away the aluminum foil.”

7. Avoid Paint Bleed Under Masking Tape. Painting over masked areas can be challenging as well. The paint can bleed under the masking tape, which can end up ruining a certain design. That could be avoided. The same video shows you how it’s done.

To avoid this, you can paint the first layer the same color as your background. First, I paint with white color and when the white paint is dry, I paint with my contrasting color.  There will not be any paint under the tape.”

6. Use A Magnet To Hold Screws And Nails. Screws and nails usually end up all the over the place. At a time when they’re needed, they’re gone. They’re on the floor or somewhere else. Here’s a great idea to keep screws and nails in one place.

“Simply add a magnet to your drill bit.”

That will keep the screws attached to the drill bit. For a nail holder on a hammer, do the same thing. A magnet holds the screws and nails in just one place.

5. Use Glue For Clamping. Clamps are basic woodworking tools. In case, they’re misplaced, lost, or destroyed, there’s really no need to run and buy a new set. There’s still a way around to clamp wood together, especially if the project just requires tiny bits of wood.

“Clamping with hot glue. If you don’t have clamps … you can use hot glue to hold the pieces together. Just leave some open spots here for the hot glue. Press firmly together.”

Another alternative is Cyanoacrylate or CA glue for short. Instead of using hot glue, you can use that. For more clamping pressure, use a rubber band.

4. A Drop Of Isopropyl Goes A Long Way. Wood can get pretty expensive. That’s the reason why it’s practical to reuse scrap wood. But what if some pieces of wood scraps are stuck together with hot glue? Well, a solution to that is a drop of isopropyl.

“Release hot glue quick and easy. Simply add a drop of isopropyl to the glue and it will release immediately.”

3. Use a Piece Of Glass To Sand A Flat Surface. Basically, a piece of glass is a flat surface. That’s why it’s perfect for sanding. It keeps the sandpaper flat

“Use a piece of glass … Lay your sandpaper on top. You can even apply some spray adhesive to glue it to the glass if you have larger pieces you want to sand.”

2. Sand Curved Objects With Plexi Glass. Plexiglass is very flexible. Thanks to its bendability and smooth surface, sanding curved objects is easy.

“Sand curved objects. Take a piece of plexiglass like this. Add some spray adhesive and glue the sandpaper to the plexiglass. Now, you have a flexible sanding strip for curved objects and you can shape and bend it like you want.”

1. Use Sawdust To Fill In Wood. Why spend on wood fillers? There’s a more practical way to fill in wood.

“Create your own wood filler. This is a really simple hack to make your own wood filler. Fill the gap with glue. Rub some sawdust over it. Let it dry for a while and sand.”

It’s important to fill in the gap with glue first. Sawdust follows after. That way, it’s not obvious that the wood has been filled in. Using sawdust as wood fillers is also a good way to upcycle trash in the shop.

These are very simple woodworking tips that can help you work faster and smarter.

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