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You should have at least a working knowledge about the different types of wood available to you and their many characteristics. Each kind has different traits. Different cuts of wood will have different effects on splintering. There are many varieties of grains.All of these factors will influence the way you work on your wood block.

Make sure to use the right nails for your specific project.Nails that are too big can cause the wood to split. Nails that are too small may not hold the pieces together. You have to figure out what the right size nail for the project you are working on.

Add a bit of extra spring to your grip. It can be very difficult to release these up just using only one hand. There are ways to make it easier. Prior to starting glue-ups, put your clamps on scrap wood with both hands. This puts them near their maximum capacity so that you can easily use them with one hand.

You need to do a dry fitting before you apply glue and clamping your woodworking project together. You can cause damage if you tinker with the fit after you’ve applied the glue. A dry fitting will give you a good idea of where each component goes.

You cannot anticipate when a foreign object may fly toward your eyes. Make sure that your pair fits snugly and let you see well.

Soft woods should be avoided for tabletops because it scratches easily.Keep in mind that different woods look different when they get finished.

Don’t always rely on a tape measures. Cutting on scrap wood first will be a good idea so you can test a fitting out. Planning out your cuts in several ways helps you avoid getting bored.

A great circular guide is stair gauges. Normally a stair gauge to figure out the run and rise of your stair jack which can allow you to get the notches matched up. But, when they’re used on a carpenter square tongue, a circular saw guide is created.

A drafting square helps when making small cuts with greater accuracy. It can be tricky to adequately measure wood in the range between two and three feet. Try stopping into your friendly neighborhood art supply store to pick up a drafting square from an arts and crafts store. They fit into small spaces and more accurate.