5 Important Woodworking Ideas and Skills

The ideal love for woods should be balanced for the assembling and finishing steps. Even though the finishing process is the last step to do, you can’t claim that you “almost” finish the project. Some final steps take hours days or even weeks to complete. Make the result worth the effort and time by following the right procedure.

  1. Refinishing Furniture

After years, any wooden furniture will look shabby. Before doing anything to polish the appearance, try to spread mineral spirits. Then you could decide what to do with the item. If the color is not fading, you only need a neat wipe on the surface. Otherwise, dusts and fine ashes might stick on the surface. Roll up your sleeves and clean it up!

  1. Renewing Finishing

Purchasing a furniture with certain finishing save you from coating project for the first five to six years. When the time has passed, you should do little maintenance to keep the shines. First, clean the surface with clean cloth. Wrap wax inside a cloth and apply thin coat of it all over the item. Take another soft cloth and start wiping. If the cloth is dirty, swap the surface.

  1. Applying Spotless Stain

Some wood materials could show its charm without any addition. By applying several careful steps, you could get a great furniture without any dark spots. To begin with, you have to apply sealer. Separate the surface into three parts, give different pressure on each and let it dry for an hour. Spread a layer of stain with a rag. Take a look: which one you like better then apply similar pressure to the whole surface.

  1. Sanding Options

While you work with nails or screws, you might notice the uneven surface or pouting splinters. A little sanding will do the trick, and you have three options of sanding. The most familiar one is hand sanding. It takes your time but suitable for mini project. The orbital sander utilize a sand disk to even the surface. Pick this for medium to advanced project. Belt sanding is the biggest and heaviest, used in furniture factory.

  1. Choosing Paint

Basically you have two options: latex and oil painting. To decide which one to use, consider the surface you are working with. If you are coating new wood, then use the latex paint. It is water based and easy to clean. Should you double the coat, then the best option is oil based painting. Remember to spray paint thinner before cleaning.

Once you lay your hands on the wood project, you instantly fall for the world of learning. Especially for those who could not accept medium quality product, the appropriate processes become so important. Even for the first time DIYers, these steps are essential to get a lasting and astonishing furniture. Are you patient enough to take the challenge?