6 Woodworking tips for beginners

6 Woodworking Tips for Beginners

So no matter what you do, no matter if it’s woodworking or anything else, one of the best way to be efficient and get things done fast is by having tips and tricks and that’s exactly what I’m going to show you. Some of these tips and tricks are things that you’ve probably seen, but to be frank, there’s probably one that you haven’t. Before we dive into this video, I have a new project that I’m working on and I really need your input. I’m thinking about creating a step by step online course about woodworking. I want to make it something really useful to you so I love to hear from you. There’s a link to a short survey down in the video description. If you’re interested in learning how to make some of the projects on my channel, please take a few minutes to fill out the brief survey and I look forward to seeing what you guys are interested in. And with that said, let’s get to the tips.

But this tip I’m going to show you how to make a really quick and simple center marking gauge. All you need is a piece of scrap wood to get started. Establish the line going down the center of that. Then mark off three points in the center and the two sides for the pins. Now if you want to make this even more simple and more approachable, you could use two round head screws and put those in place of the pins that I have here. And since this is supposed to be beginner friendly, we’re going to assume that we don’t have a drip press and we can’t drill a hole straight. So take a piece of scrap wood, draw straight line on it, then use that piece of wood as a guide, rested bit up against it and keep it straight with the line. So I know I didn’t drill the two half inch holes for the pin straight. So what we’re going to do here is use wood glue to hold them in place. And finally just check to make sure it’s squared on most marketing gains you’re going to see a pencil. For this one, I’m going to use a screw. And the main reason for that is durability.

And if you’ve never used one of these, you’re going to love it. Just simply place it down in your subject and twist it to both pins touch. All you want to do is drag it and create that line going right down to center. Now one of the upside of this being a screw is you can adjust the depth of your scribe. So the more it protrudes, the deeper to cut and could also mean a little harder to drag, but you will get a deeper cut and you can always back it out so that you barely scored a surface as shown does can mark multiple sides of materials. As long as you have a parallel line going down on both side, you get that straight line going right down the center.

And one of the first things you’re going to pick up is some spring clamps because they’re cheap and then you’re going to take them home and realize you don’t use them as much. I need [inaudible], so I’m going to show you how to get an extra use out of these without just leaving them in the corner collecting sawdust. So these bandy clamps shine really well when you need to attach a piece of trim. Where they work is you apply your glue and you just put that down and the rubber here actually does a really great job of holding this piece down so it doesn’t move and it’s really hard to use the bar clamp because this tends to want to shift that Ben said, I’m going to basically try to duplicate what this clamp is doing with these are you’re going to need some spring clamps and some rubber bands.

All right, so what you want to do here is now I grabbed a two loops and you can bring it over to top like that and leave it there. And there’s the same thing on the opposite side and this is just a really quick temporary fix. I want to take that and repeat the process again. You can see there’s a little bit of tension in here. Good enough to hold down this piece. Now what’s nice about these clamps is that you can force them down a lot because you have a deeper jaw in here. So that’s the plus side of these clamps. They’re really cool, really innovative,

and those are called the bandy clamps. And all I’m trying to do is utilize something I already have and even having the bandit clamps, there have been a time or two where I needed more and that just didn’t have them. And this could have been an easy substitution

and obviously the rubber bands not going to last forever, but if you’re in a pinch, this is something that could probably save you and get you out of that pinch so you don’t have to go crazy and trying to figure out how to attach the front.

So next up we’re going to take on some RightAngle clamp jigs and I think these are going to be the most used out of all of these tips. Now since this is going to set most of our right angle pieces, we want to make sure that this piece of wood is as straight as possible. I would also suggest going with plywood or MDF.


I sat in the miter gauge to make a four to five degree cut. Then I made the first pass. Flip the board around and then made another pass, so now I have two 45 degree pieces from the ends. I’m not always successful at this, but I always try to go for the simplest approach. For instance, I used the first cut to set up a stop block at the Microsoft to cut down interference on a corner and also prevent the edges from being chipped off. We’re going to remove all of those. The RightAngle corner can be a bit tricky, but if you set up a stop, you can then hold that piece down with a push block or something to prevent the wood from flying up. As you’re cutting up to this point, nothing has been measured. I’m just taking off some material and then duplicating the same thing to the other pieces. For this to be a true RightAngle Jig, I need to cut a few holes in it and I need to use a template. This way I can keep the whole consistent

I’m marking a location to drill on three holes because I feel like this gives me a little more flexibility. I used an inch and three eights forced in a bit. But anything that neighborhood show to work, if you’re just starting out, are you been going at it and just don’t have any of these? I would totally recommend you make at least eight to 12 of these just because they’re so handy. If these do not hold true to a framing square or something like this, I would totally say just remake them. It’s not worth the headache if they’re off even by a little bit. So want to take one of these and now that’s kind of the down to the workbench.

Pass the clap through.

And again, this is what a third hole in the middle shine because it allows you to sneak under that wood and hold your peace. So the beauty of these is it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to do her corner, all you trying to do an intersection and these holes are there to be used. So just use any one of them that you need to clamp.


And if you remember these clamps that I say, I don’t use much. They work great for this as well. The bar clamp can work on this as well, but it’s a little more cumbersome and all you need from this is to stay in place and allow you to have your free hands so you can then join the two boards. So you may see this clip in an upcoming video, but what I wanted to do here was show how you can utilize a piece of scrap wood or sacrificial fence and use that if you need to make repeatable cuts that are different length. Now, I don’t think you’d get much easier than this. I transferred to measurements once I put them onto the temporary fence on the miter saw. Of course, if you have a miter station, then this is pretty much irrelevant. But if you don’t, then this is a really quick and simple way to get you up and running to making quick and repeatable cuts. This is a really simple attachment. All I’m using is a two by two, attach it to Mitosol table, which is secured in place using the existing hose and long enough screws through the fence.


If you use wood glue before, then here’s a common problem that you may recognize when glue and multiple pieces of lumber together. The minute you put a clamp on, things start to shift, so let’s look at a couple of problems and then we can introduce a solution. First, I’m going to use two by four that has a little bit of a warp to it. Then we can look at plywood and see how these perform and even though I’m using two by four and they do have a little bit of a cup to it, the slipping and shifting will still be an issue. I try to with two pieces of wood and are still Sasha and I’m going to try with three pieces and see how much more of a difference it is. So you can see along the top here how they want to shift and go out of alignment in one common approach in woodworking is to sprinkle a little bit of salt on the glued parts and then that should prevent them from shifting.


by using a salt that completely eliminated the shift.

I don’t want to drag this out too much, but I guess it’s best to show this on a smooth surface to see how it reacts with plywood after gluten is up. Let’s look at it from a different angle with wood glue in between. That’s going to allow it to be extremely slippery until it’s set up. The real problem here is when you have perfectly cut pieces that you want to glue together, but with only a clamp, you’ll have shifted pieces and you then have to send later. But let’s look at how this reacts when you add a little bit of salt on these two pieces.

So now that I have the pieces aligned together with a little salt in it, I’m trying to shift it the best I can and it’s not budging. So does goes to show that this actually works. If this is news to you, the way it is work is once you apply a clamping pressure to it, the grain of the salt, then bite into both pieces of wood, which then prevent the wood from shifting. I have used those in the past and they’re great. They allow you to join things together without seeing fasteners. There are a number of ways to use dowels and you can use a Jig like this and there are many different jigs on the market or you can just drill a hole, use a dowel center and use that to mark. And although they are great option for joining things together, there’s still a pain in the butt to work with.

And of course I like to think about you guys that are just getting started and just don’t have all the tools. So what happened? If you don’t have a doubt Jig, are you just misplaced it or you know exactly where it is, but you’re terrified of it because they let you down the last time. So I don’t know if this has been done before, but I’m going to share this. A little idea to take a small nail. Place that in between the two areas that you’re trying to join. Now don’t be afraid. You can add one nail, two nails or three nails in here, but whatever it takes, just tape them down this way, nothing move. When you apply pressure and just like that, the mark is now transferred to both parts and you know exactly where to drill. Now all you have to do is just flood the area with wood glue, clamp the pieces down, and you should have a solid joint. There is so many tips that a trade, and I wish I can keep going, but unfortunately we’ve got to bring this one to an end. All right guys, so this is your first time around. I don’t mind sharing these tips and tricks with you and I hope you enjoy these. If you guys are interested in more things like this, tips, tricks, and cool DIY build, be sure you subscribe this channel.

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