There are lots of things to learn about woodworking some are easy and some are hard to leadn. Alot of them you will learn as you start builing different things. Here are a couple tips and techniques to help you get started on your project.
One of the first things a woodworker should know is how to read and use a tape measure as you will need this to measure for all of your cuts. If you have a problem reading tape measure i would recommend getting one that has the numbers written on the tape until you get use to it. You don’t need to miss read a measurement and then ruin one if not more than one of your cuts. It’s a good idea to check your rape measure before you use it every time. The riveted end of your tape measure could be become loose and elongated which will thrown off your measurement. Use your square and make sure that the end of your piece of wood you are measuring from is square. Once you know the end is square measure you cut and use your square to draw a straight line you can follow when cutting.
Another good thing to know as a beginner woodworker are all the different types of joints you can do. There are butt joints, which is simply to join to pieces of wood together either at a corner or edge to edge. The dado joint, which is mostly used for shelving, is where you cut a slot or dado cut into one piece of wood and the other piece slips in. A dowel joint is where you drill holes into both pieces of wood and then glue dowels in-between them. One of the stronger joints is the lap joint where you cut out part of the end of one piece of wood and then glue the two pieces together so they overlap(only used for corners). There is the miter joint where you cut a 45 degree angle in both pieces of wood and glue them together for a clean-looking corner. The miter joint requires precision cutting.Through- dove tail joint is a stunning joint to look at. It requires the most accuracy when cutting i would not recommend it to any beginning woodworkers. The tongue and groove joint is a strong joint where you cut a slot in one piece and the other piece you cut it so it sticks out like a tongue so to speak. the two piece get glued together.
Remember no matter what you are working on saftey is always the number one priority>
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