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6 Simple Tips to Easy Woodworking Projects


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Before you start any woodworking project read these tips to avoid any costly mistakes and make sure that the project you selected is the right one for your skill level.

Before you start any woodworking project read these tips to avoid any costly mistakes and make sure that the project you selected is the right one for your skill level.

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    Created by Mike Young
  • 2. 1. An easy project has few parts.The easiest project would be something like a wooden hot pad. It can have but one part. It can be made square so that it has all straight cuts. Sanding such an item is easy because the grain goes in one direction. Even a hot pad can be difficult if it has more parts. For example, what if it were made like a butcher block with dark-colored and light-colored wood in a checkerboard pattern and all inlaid in a picture-frame-border. Although such a hot pad would be more difficult, I think I'd still classify it as moderately easy.Article Source:
  • 3. 2. An easy project has straight cuts. The hot-pad example above would be more difficult if it were round. Table saws and miter saws are designed to make straight cuts. Straight cuts on such saws are easy to achieve because the saw reduces the factor of human error. You set it up, and the saw itself make the cut straight. A curved cut, on the other hand, requires skill and patience and is much more difficult. The difficulty is increased if you cut out several identical curved pieces.Article Source:
  • 4. 3. An easy project has simple joints. In the butcher block hot pad example above, I said that it could still be considered moderately easy. That's because all the joints are butt joints. Butt joints are simply fastening two pieces of wood together. It's the easiest way to do it, but it is also the weakest. To add strength to a joint you do one or both of the following. One is to increase the gluing surface between the two pieces such as with a lap joint. The other is to shape the wood in such a way that it tends to stay together by itself such as with a dovetail joint.Article Source:
  • 5. 4. An easy project has non-critical measurements. When building a magnificent piece of furniture, an error in measurement as little as 1/32 of an inch can create a flaw in the finished product that is unacceptable because it will glare at you every time you see it. On the other hand, when building a bird house an error as large as 1/8 of an inch is not that critical. The bird house will be in a tree where you can't see it very well, and the birds won't even notice.Article Source:
  • 6. 5. An easy project has a non-critical procedure. When building a house, one of the most difficult woodworking projects, the contractor is particularly concerned that everything gets completed in the right order. It's critical. For example, the electrician does his wiring first then the drywall hanger begins. On the other hand, with a bird house you can actually build the roof first.Article Source:
  • 7. 6. An easy project has an excellent plan. Always start with a good, well illustrated, step-by-step plan. Such a plan takes away guesswork and gives you confidence. It will make an easy project even easier. and get your easy woodworking plans.Article Source:
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