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Getting Started: DIY Woodworking and Furniture Making (page 3)

Gather as much knowledge as you can about types of wood and their strengths and weaknesses, and this should serve you well in your build. From balsa wood to oak, woods all have properties that can be beneficial for various applications and projects. For instance balsa is light weight but is relatively weak, so model airplanes are a good application whereas oak is strong but heavy so in the right dimensions this wood can be used in heavier foot traffic such as in oak wood flooring.

Things to pay attention to include:

Stability
Strength
Flexibility
Durability
Weatherproof
Grain

Learn How to Prep the Wood

If you're buying untreated wood, use this as an opportunity to learn more about the different ways of treating them as a way of preventing rot, making them weatherproof, keeping insects away, as well as adding more character to it. There are many different ways to treat wood and lumber and it is recommended that you start with more traditional methods before advancing to the more complex treatments. Learn the proper ways of sanding to bring out the natural texture and coloring of the wood.

You should also learn about traditional finishes for your wood. The different waxes, varnishes and oils that you can use to further strengthen your piece. This might seem like such a minor detail, but it really does give a project that extra boost.

Learn How to Assemble

Last, but certainly not least, learn the different ways of assembling pieces. Sure it's very easy to drive a nail into a piece of wood, but that is not the only method available. Give your projects more character and make the process more enjoyable by learning traditional methods such as:

Clamping
Gluing (Animal hide glue)
Traditional cut nails

Or by connecting wood through different cuts like tongue and groove or dovetail connections where you a shaping the wood so that when connected or married to the count part of a wood project the geometry works to make the overall project where furniture of patio deck stronger by attaching in this manner.

These are just a few, of course. A bit more research should help yield more options for you to try.

So there you have it, a quick rundown of what every beginner woodworker should learn about before delving into their first project. Remember, study up and practice. When it comes to this hobby, skills and creativity counts. Good luck!

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