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Tip #1: Make your own reusable sanding blocks.
First cut 6 blocks from scrap plywood, one for each grit of sandpaper you like to use. They should be about 4.75" x 2.5".
Spray adhesive on your blocks and also the cork square tile.
Start by sticking a block to the cork before cutting the cork with a utility knife.
Spray adhesive on the back of your sandpaper sheets and attach to the cork blocks.
Cut the sandpaper so it aligns with the cork and do not forget to label your blocks.
Tip #2: Set up the perfect workbench height
Do you know how to find the best height for your workbench?
You can find it by measuring the how far it is from the floor to your waist.
This is the perfect workbench height.
Tip #3: Opt for gel stains when staining furniture.
Gel stains adhere to wood better, while liquid stains run a lot more.
Gel stains are much thicker so they give more consistent coverage.
Tip #4: Tin snips are a great way to trim laminate that you use in woodworking.
They will make it easy for you to cut quickly and easily and get the laminate to a size that is usable.
Using them only for this laminate also helps keep them sharp.
Tip #5: Get yourself a stair gauge.
This is an essential tool for most woodworkers.
They are used most often for laying out stair jacks, but they can also be used to clamp carpenter squares.
This will turn your square in to a circular saw guide.
Using this square will allow you to make cuts that are straight.
Tip #6: Ensure that you have the right size nails for your project.
You want to be sure that you have the right size nails for your project.
A large diameter nail can split the wood and ruin your project.
However, too small of a nail will not penetrate deep enough to keep the wood held together. You should know what size you need to get the job done.
Tip #7: Ensure that you have adequate ear protection.
Woodworking machinery is very noisy.
Continued exposure to the noise can cause some hearing loss.
Buying some inexpensive ear plugs or some noise-cancelling headphones will help.
Regardless of your personal choice of ear protection, make certain you always use them when woodworking.
Tip #8: Consider looking for leftover wood.
Businesses will have leftover pallets, and construction areas may have scrap wood they don't need.
Look online for some more ideas.
Tip #9: Follow woodworking plans
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