Woodworking is one of the most popular fields of home DIY. The working of wood allows us to carry out large personal projects with which to decorate and furnish our homes.
When working with wood we can count on certain tricks that facilitate and simplify the process, and today we will see some of them.
- When a screw isn’t fitting like it’s supposed to it a simple project suddenly becomes a pain. Roll the threads of a screw into a bar of wet soap and the process gets a lot easier.
- If we are not very sure of the consistency of our wood and we fear that it will crack when driving or screwing, we can follow the following trick: heat the tip of the nail or screw with boiling water.
- If what we fear is that the wood splinters when sawing or cutting it, we can put adhesive tape in the area where we will make the cut. With this trick we will get a clean cut.
- A powerful saw can be a major time-saver.
- To achieve a perfect finish and disguise the nails in our projects with wood, we can carefully remove a small piece of wood or splinter from the point where the nail goes, nail, and then glue the wood back with glue.
- When we work with wooden furniture, the surface of the wood can receive a blow, causing visible damage. If this is the case, all we have to do is, just after the blow, put on a cotton ball dipped in hot milk and let it rest for a few hours. With this trick the wood will swell, returning to its original state.
- Another possible solution to the previous problem is to wet a cotton cloth, place it on the blow, and pass an iron, letting the steam work.
- When sanding wood surfaces, the easiest option is to first choose a coarse-grained sandpaper, and then finish off the work with softer sandpaper. Also, remember that you always sand in the direction of the grain.
- It is possible that, when we are working, we drop some glue on the pieces of wood. To remove it, rub with a cotton cloth moistened with oil to remove it.
- When applying paint, enamel or varnish, always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
The drying and repainting times are often reflected, as well as how to apply it depending on the surfaces, the performance, etc. All this information is very important.