Sanding the inside of a hole or curved surface can be difficult. To simplify that task, insert a 1/4 x 3-in. bolt into the pilot hole of a hole-saw cutout. Secure the bolt with a washer and nut. Using a hacksaw, cut a 1/4-in. deep slot in line with the bolt. Cut a piece of adhesive-backed sandpaper so that you can slide one end into the slot, wrap it around the cutout, and slide the other end back into the slot. Chuck the bolt into a drill, and you now have a homemade drum sander. — E.R. Comstock. How to Sand Wood Faster
El colmo de los colmos, reciclar algo que ya habías reciclado antes ¿hiper reciclaje? si, puede ser... En Madrid esta caja fue mi mesita de noche, podéis verla el post que hice sobre mi cabecero de Cds reciclados, pero al hacer la mudanza no le encontraba un sitio definitivo así que decidí transformarla en una camita para el gato. La cosa es muy fácil, simplemente compré cuatro ruedas rojas para ...
El cáculo y organización del tiempo de trabajo es otro punto a tener muy en cuenta. Nos ayudará a terminar en un tiempo razonable nuestros proyectos, antes de que nos desanimemos y los dejemos de lado... Además, cuando las cosas no salen como uno se espera o tenemos que repetir procesos, nos podemos impacientar y despistarnos, lo que puede derivar en accidentes de trabajo. Ten mucho cuidado, este trabajo es muy peligroso. A lo largo de mi vida laboral he visto todo tipo de accidentes, y en una ocasión yo mismo me corté la mano con una sierra de mesa mientras realizaba un trabajo muy repetitivo y debido a un despiste. Como en el resto de oficios y en la vida cotidiana, el mayor amigo de los accidentes es la rutina y no prestar la atención necesaria.
Clamping mitered edges can be a real hassle because they never seems to line up correctly. The easiest way that I’ve found to get around this process is to use painter’s tape as clamps. First set the pieces so that the outer edges are facing up and tape them edge-to-edge. The flip the pieces over so the beveled edges are facing up and glue them together. Complete the process by taping the last two edges together and let sit until completed. The tape removes easily and the glue won’t attach to the tape, making sanding and finishing very simple. Try this tip with this clever project!

Here’s an easier way to stain or seal chairs, lattice or anything with numerous tight recesses. Pour the stain into a clean, empty spray bottle ($3). Spray the stain onto the project and wipe up the excess with a brush or rag. The sprayer will squirt stain into all those tight, hard-to-reach cracks and joints. — Valrie Schuster. Learn more about staining wood.
While many woods can be used for carving, there are some clear favorites, including Aspen, Basswood, Butternut, Black Walnut, and Oak.[14] Because it has almost no grain and is notably soft, Basswood is particularly popular with beginner carvers. It is used in many lower-cost instruments like guitars and electric basses.[14] Aspen is similarly soft, although slightly harder, and readily available and inexpensive.[14] Butternut has a deeper hue than Basswood and Aspen and has a nice grain that is easy to carve, and thus friendly for beginners. It's also suitable for furniture.[14] While more expensive that Basswood, Aspen, and Butternut, Black Walnut is a popular choice for its rich color and grain.[14] Lastly, Oak is a strong, sturdy, and versatile wood for carving with a defined grain. It's also a popular wood for furniture making.[14]
Sanding the inside of a hole or curved surface can be difficult. To simplify that task, insert a 1/4 x 3-in. bolt into the pilot hole of a hole-saw cutout. Secure the bolt with a washer and nut. Using a hacksaw, cut a 1/4-in. deep slot in line with the bolt. Cut a piece of adhesive-backed sandpaper so that you can slide one end into the slot, wrap it around the cutout, and slide the other end back into the slot. Chuck the bolt into a drill, and you now have a homemade drum sander. — E.R. Comstock. How to Sand Wood Faster
The progenitors of Chinese woodworking are considered to be Lu Ban (魯班) and his wife Lady Yun, from the Spring and Autumn period (771 to 476 BC). Lu Ban is said to have introduced the plane, chalk-line, and other tools to China. His teachings were supposedly left behind in the book Lu Ban Jing (魯班經, "Manuscript of Lu Ban"). Despite this, it is believed that the text was written some 1500 years after his death. This book is filled largely with descriptions of dimensions for use in building various items such as flower pots, tables, altars, etc., and also contains extensive instructions concerning Feng Shui. It mentions almost nothing of the intricate glue-less and nail-less joinery for which Chinese furniture was so famous.

I could write a whole post on wood species as each species has unique characteristics and traits. But, one of the most common types of wood used in DIY projects and furniture building is pine wood (a softwood). Pine is an affordable and readily available option at your local home improvement store and it comes in many sizes. I highly recommend using pine for beginner woodworking projects. Then, as you improve your skill, try working with some different wood species!
Afrormosia Alder Andiroba Anigre Ash Apple Aspen Avodire Balsa Beech Bilinga Birch African Blackwood Australian Blackwood Boxwood Bubinga Camphor Cedrela Cherry Chestnut Cocobolo Cumaru Ebony Elm Eucalyptus Hazel Hickory Hornbeam Idigbo Imbuia Ipê Iroko Jarra Jelutong Lignum vitae Linden (lime, basswood) Merbau Mahogany (American, African) Maple Meranti Oak Padauk Pear Plum Poplar Purpleheart Ovankol Ramin Red Quebracho Rosewood Rubberwood Sapele Teak Totara Utile Walnut Wenge Willow Zebrano
I use binder clips for a lot of things around the shop, and here’s one that I thought I’d share. When I need to make multiple cuts all the same length, I just clamp my jumbo binder clip to my fence and use a 1/4-in.-thick wood scrap pinched in the clip as a stop. Works like a charm! When it’s not in use, I clamp it to the cord so it’s always nearby. — John Muchow
9.- Al barnizar o aplicar un esmalte a la madera, hacer especial hincapié en los cantos, es la parte más sensible de la madera y donde más posibilidades hay de que entre el agua. Aplicar bien hasta cubrir, tapar el poro de la madera. Para que la madera dure por mucho tiempo es muy importante el mantenimiento, lijar y aplicar barniz o pintura cada cierto tiempo para que no vaya deteriorando la madera.
Si eres un aficionado a la carpintería seguro que tiras muchos trozos y virutas de madera que no puedes reutilizar, pero hoy te proponemos una idea muy fácil para aprovechar hasta el más mínimo resquicio de madera. Una arcilla hecha a base de virutas de madera que dará un toque rústico a tus trabajos y que, además podrás usar para relieves. ¿Comenzamos? Para hacerla necesitarás los siguientes mate ...
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