4 Common Woodturning Mistakes to Avoid In Your Woodworking Projects
Prevent these classic woodturning mistakes, and your woodturning projects will become artful pieces of woodwork:
1. Going too fast:
Trying to go too fast is the most common drawback that woodturners fall into. You want things to be easy. Avoid doing this. You will not only mess up your work but you damage to something more important-yourself. Making things happen fast is the top cause of injuries.
If you see yourself wanting to hurry things up, have a break and remember that rushing is not safe. You can lose more time in the long run if you have to repair an error or worse – a have a stay in the emergency room at hospital.
2. Stain doesn’t take:
Two typical causes that stains do not take are: using non-staining wood packing and if glue is not totally wiped off after creating the whole piece.
The problems are simple to avoid but they are not very simple to correct. Remember that you should buy a wood pack that removes stain and make sure to clean up the glue coming out of the join whenever you place the pieces together.
If you finish with an unmarked area on your work, put a colored glaze-a semi clear substance like the thinned-out paint. Alter the color and exposure until you get it almost similar to the stained wood. Allow it to dry and start the topcoat.
3. Excessive sanding makes wood fuzzy:
There are types of wood that become fuzzy when you do too much sanding. The wood fibers shred and make hair like fuzz on the wood’s outer portion. You don’t want to discolour or have an initial color in that case.
If your wood gets fuzzy, go down a polish or two with the sandpaper and sand out the furs. The way to prevent fuzz is to remember that you should not use sandpaper finer than 150 grit.
4. Joins don’t fit together:
You have taken care to have joins that are tight enough, but when paint the glue on and try to draw the join together, it will not go. It is either you have joins that are very tight or you pulled joints together and experienced a lock-up.
To prevent too tight joints, dry it first. If you have to thump the joints together with a mallet, you should loosen the joint before you add glue to it. If the joint is a mortise and tenon, shear the tenon until you can push the join together easily using your hand.
If the join still locks up on you when you assemble it, you have to do some mallet tapping and clamping to make it move again. It depends on the time the join has been locked, you may not get it to dislodge. Avoiding a locked joint is as easy as testing the join and sanding it if it is tight the first time it is assembled.
That’s it! Avoid these four woodturning mistakes, and you’ll create classic woodworking art that is appreciated for generations.
Basic Wood Turning Projects – Not Only for Bowl Turners
Wood turning projects, well chosen, are wonderful learning tools for refining or developing new skills at the wood lathe. Most people who take up the craft of wood turning begin with spindle work, turning pieces of wood held between centers with the wood grain parallel to the bed of the lathe. After some time at this aspect of the trade, they move on to faceplate work with the wood held in a chuck or faceplate and the grain running perpendicular to the bed of the lathe. While the skills are similar in each case, there are enough differences that the face plate turner may begin with a series of projects to develop the necessary skills.
However, the wood turner neglects the spindle projects at peril of old skills becoming rusty and unavailable when needed. Sooner or later a friend or relative asks for a spindle to be turned or a piece of furniture requires repair. Besides which, many items such as candle sticks or lamps may call for sections turned in either style and fastened together. Wood turning projects in a spindle orientation will provide the necessary boost in keeping up old skills and refining them to an expert point.
For the intermediate or advanced turner, wood turning projects offer the plus over exercises of being an interesting way to maintain and add to skills. While simply putting a piece of wood on a lathe and seeing shavings fly from it as the wood turns to a stick with beads and coves may seem magic to a novice, it is old hat to an accomplished turner who yet needs to refresh an aptitude acquired some time ago. Consider on the other hand a simple candle stick made with base and stem.
First of all it may be easily made of local hardwood and thus be inexpensive while at the same time beautiful. Secondly, it incorporates a variety of skills. For instance, the base can be turned faceplate style leaving a center mortise to later receive the stem. The stem now needs to be turned with a tenon on the lower end to exactly fit the mortise creating an exercise in precise fitting. In addition, a means must be found to turn a candle cup for the top of the stem that incorporates a fit for the candle, strength to hold it, and a pleasing ascetic.
As the project is repeated for the development of skills it can be made a challenge in at least two ways. First of all it may be an exercise in precise copying, always a difficulty in a craft that relies on hand and eye coordination to make each cut. Else it may become an attempt to make each one different while striving for elegance and not gaudiness, always a source of trouble in the artistic world. Plus this wood turning project and others like it point out the similarities between the two areas of wood turning and the need to learn both.
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Online Wood Turning Classes
You can easily find great woodturning classes online and learn how to become great at woodturning in no time. Here’s one of the many free videos available on Finewoodworking.com
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