Tips For Outdoor Woodworking

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Outdoor wood working is a relaxing and very satisfying pastime. When your project is finished you will have something to be proud of and that will last you a long time. Wood is a wonderful medium to work on and one of the best ways to express one’s creativity with it is to indulge in woodworking. You can make toys, tools, decorative items, plus much more. However, it does require expertise and training and one of the foremost requisites is the ability to handle tools which are involved in this activity.

Here are some tips that show you how outdoor woodwoorking differs from indoor woodworking:

Tip #1
To get the best results for your wood working project buy the material at least two to three weeks before you are ready to start construction. Stack the lumber in a dry  location with spacers between the boards, allowing for plenty of air circulation so the material will dry. This way you will get less warping or splitting of the wood after you have built your outdoor furniture.

Tip #2
There are many wood glues available but not all of them are suitable for use outdoors. Be sure to use a glue designated for exterior use that way your finished project won`t fall apart the first time it rains.

Tip #3
When it comes fasteners, screws etc make sure they are also suitable for outdoor use. You can use brass, stainless steel, galvanised or plated, your local hardware store will advise you.

Outdoor Projects
There are so many different outdoor woodworking projects you can do from simple things like a bird table, barbecue set, picket fence, garden bench, Arbors, Dog Kennel, mailbox, coldframe and planter boxes to larger more adventurous projects such as outdoor table and chairs, patio set, garden shed, gazebo, summer house, day bed, children’s playgrounds etc… There are literally hundreds of woodworking projects you can build just for outdoors.

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Remember that if you are a beginner woodworker, you should always start with soft woods such as pine or spruce, as they are much easier to work with than harder woods. Once you become more comfortable, you can then move on to more exotic woods like cherry or Baltic birch.

Tools
If you want to become a wood carver, then you’ll need to select the right tools. Having the correct hand tools and equipment in a comfortable work space can be the key to helping an skilled amateur produce home improvement results similar to what the professionals achieve. An organized and well-equipped workshop is the key to woodworking success.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  • There are a wide range of woodworking tools, however, when you’re first starting out you should only need a handful of them and you certainly don’t need to go out and spend loads of money.
  • The best advice anyone can give you is to start out buying only those tools you feel comfortable using and to add tools later on as you need them. Also, while it may be tempting to go for the cheaper tools, it’s the sturdier the tool is, the longer it will last. So if you want to save money, check for tool sales or you can even buy them second hand. If it’ a good tool, it will often last for many years.
  • Investing in good sharpening tools and a strop should be your first priority. Make sure that your wood carving tools are sharp, because if they aren’t then they’re useless. A sharpening stone is used to get edges sharp. A strop removes any micro-bits still remaining on the newly sharpened edges, leaving the blade smooth and sharp.
  • When it comes to woodworking tools, the basics include drill bits, hammers, hacksaws, levels, pliers, safety glasses, sandpaper, screwdrivers, tape measures and wrenches. Make sure you are familiar with how to use the tool, as well as what it’s used for, before you even pick it up. Being overly confident about a tool before you learn about it is a good way to get injured.
  • One of the most physically demanding tasks in woodworking is sanding, especially if it done manually (with a sanding block and sandpaper). For this reason, many experienced workers add an electric sander to their workshop inventory from the beginning. In addition to saving time and energy, a tool such as the belt sander can provide a nearly perfect finish to wood. The electric sander is just right for long moulding pieces, table edges and other large pieces.
  • For those woodworking projects that require something more stationary, to create more complex pieces, the experienced amateur or professional will add a table saw or radial arm saw to the collection. A good stationary saw that adjusts to cut various angles will allow the worker to create intricate cuts for room mouldings, frames and other items.
  • Once you become more experienced, you can move on to power tools. Circular saws, power drills, jigsaws, random orbital sanders and compound miter saws are excellent tools to work with if you wish to create more complex woodworking projects.

Wood carving is a fun, detailed craft to develop. However, don’t get too intimated with all the expensive tools. With just a few basic tools, you can already enjoy yourself, and create intricate wood pieces that showcase your skills.

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