Archive for February, 2013

Resources for Beginner Woodworkers: Sandpaper 101

sandingSanding seems like a straightforward part of woodworking, but many beginner woodworkers are not very familiar with choosing sandpaper and its proper use. Conscientious sanding is paramount to a quality end result for any piece of woodwork. Skipping or rushing through this important step will compromise the integrity of the final piece.

Sandpaper is most notably classified by the size of its grit, which refers to the number of particles per square inch. Sandpaper with a lower grit (such as 120-grit) will have a coarser texture, with larger particles fitting within a one inch area. Likewise, sandpaper with a higher grit value has a smoother texture, with smaller particles that can help achieve a smooth finish. Read the rest of this entry »

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Refinishing Old Furniture: An Overview

wooden tableRepurposing old furniture presents countless creative possibilities. Wooden furniture pieces such as tables, chairs, dressers, coffee tables and more can be revitalized with fresh paint or stain and breathe new life into a space. Whether you are repurposing a piece of your own furniture or purchasing an older piece that you will be refinishing, ensure that it is structurally sound and of sufficient quality to justify refinishing. A quality piece of furniture can last a lifetime, and may need a simple refinishing if it is looking worse for wear.

First you will need to strip the old finish or paint to prepare the wood for refinishing. This is commonly accomplished using a combination of chemical paint strippers and sanding. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Cleaning in the Woodshop

woodshop organization screwsEven with regular cleaning and organization, a woodshop can get cluttered and dusty over time. Spring is the perfect time to deep clean and reorganize your woodshop. Removing large items and cleaning the shop well can help you envision new ways to lay out your workbench, machines and tools for better workflow. If you haven’t already, arrange machines, tools and supplies for optimal efficiency based on your preferences and types of projects you do.

A good place to start Spring cleaning is the workbench. If your workbench tends to get cluttered or disorganized, the result can be a less enjoyable work environment as well as a potential safety hazard. Getting the workbench clean and tidy may be as simple as creating permanent storage for the items that regularly accumulate there. Consider adding a peg board if you don’t already have one, or use small plastic drawers or jars to organize small items that need to be accessible. Read the rest of this entry »

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