Anytime you are working around power tools, there is an element of danger; focus on safety at all times. Use the tools correctly and wear the right equipment. Do not alter your tools by removing the safety features. They are in place for a reason. Ending up in the emergency room is not a good way to end a woodworking project.
Stir your finishes or stains rather than shaking them. The ingredients can settle eventually. However, shaking can cause bubbles, and things may not mix properly. Stir thoroughly until it is smooth and even.
Do some dry fitting before applying glue and then piece the wooden pieces together. If you make adjustments after you have glued the pieces, you might damage something. Using dry-fit will show you where to put the pieces should go.
Know wood characteristics before buying or using it in your projects that need staining. Paint grade refers to low quality wood, for instance, while stain grade refers to better gain pattern used for staining. Also know that veneer and particle board are really quite different. Veneer tends to absorb too little stain, while particle board too much. The proper type of wood will ensure that your project will turn out as planned.
A golf tee is a wonderful fix for wiggling hinges. Take the door from the hinges and tap your golf tee into every screw hole. Cut the excess, then put the door back on. The golf tee fills the hole and provides additional material to hold the screw.
Go on the search for recycled wood. You can find many discarded scrap wood pieces if you search around. You may be surprised to learn that many home improvement stores or other types of businesses that use wood will simply throw out any wood they don’t use. Use this to your advantage and keep an eye out for pieces you can use. You can save hundreds of dollars this way.