Need some woodworking tips to improve your woodworking projects and techniques? Today, Paul from Woodworkboss.com shares some innovative ideas for everyday household objects that you can use for woodworking! Paul is an avid woodworker and the editor-in-chief of the website Woodworkboss.com. Via his site, he hopes to help and inspire fellow woodworking and crafting enthusiasts. He shares helpful guides, reviews and practical advice on how to take your skills to the next level or start the exciting woodworking journey from scratch. Be sure to check out his site!
Woodworking tips: Household items you can use to assist with woodworking projects
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No matter how experienced you are, even the experts can always use a helping hand to go with their handy work, just like beginners. And sometimes, you might not have the right tools on hand at the time of said woodworking project.
That’s why I’ve come up with a decent list of twelve nontraditional and affordable items. Some of them just might be lying around your house and you’d never know it. You can easily obtain and use these things for woodwork in replacement of the tools that you might not have in your garage at the time.
1. Cut Up Bandsaw Blades
If you carefully grind off the teeth, you can then use them for miniature scrapers, which is highly beneficial. If you have a small file set, you can make it fit into any profile.
It is way better than sanding and risk taking the sharpness out of a moulding. It is also useful for removing the glue out of the inside corners.
2. A Hot Iron
All you have to do, is place a damp rag directly onto the dented wood, and press the iron firmly onto the rag for several seconds. This helps to get a little steam going. It will raise the grain and the dents.
Little tip: Wear oven gloves to avoid getting burned.
3. Sharpened Gasket Scraper
This is perfect for separating timber that is held together with double sided tape, or any other levering task.
It is wider than a flathead screwdriver, so it does not damage the timber, and it is thicker than a paint scraper, so it does not bend.
4. Hot Glue Gun
This is extremely useful for gluing perspex/thin MDF into curves to make router templates.
I can say from experience that this is one of my personal favorites. It can be used in many ways. I use it for cutting veneer, to scribe, and cut precision masking. It has an amazing feel to it. I’ve actually replaced some of my tools with this one.
Tip: It looks really cool if you add a brass handle to it.
6. Crochet Hooks and/or Seam Rippers
Crochet hooks are probably much stronger than a seam ripper, but depending on what you are doing, either one will suffice.
7. Meat Tenderizer
Still, this would be very useful if your hammer breaks. Never underestimate the power of kitchen utensils.
8. Blow Dryer
This is strictly for finished wooden furniture, like coffee tables and whatnot. This is one of the most effective ways to get rid of an ugly watermark. Whether it’s from water or coffee, it’ll get the wood looking great.
Set the blow dryer settings on medium heat and hold it only a few inches away from the stain, maybe two inches or so. Once it starts to get hot, have tissues ready to buff out any blemishes and imperfections. Continue buffing until the stains are gone.
This might take anywhere from 5 minutes to a half hour, depending on the size of the watermark, and the length of time it’s been there.
9. Nail Files
Nail files, whether electric or manual, can be used to sharpen blades and/or knives without getting snagged on anything. This is due to its fine grain sandpaper quality.
They seem easy enough to use and they’re definitely thicker than sandpaper, which leads me to believe that they might last longer, if given the proper care.
10. Nail Clippers
When you glue pieces of wood together, you’ll notice they can sometimes slip around when attempting to clamp them into place. After you apply the glue, sprinkle either some regular table salt, or kosher salt around them before you apply the clamp.
This will prevent the wood from slipping around and, in the long run, it’ll cause you a lot less stress and frustration.
12. Ceramic Coffee Mugs
When you don’t have a sharpener, simply turn an old ceramic coffee mug upside-down, and use the bottom edges to sharpen your blades and knives. Do it just as you would with a sharpening stone. It’s that easy.
There you have it. These are my favorite things to use in replacement for tools, if absolutely needed. No matter what level of experience you’re on in terms of woodworking, never belittle the items you have in your very household. You never know what might work and what might not until you give it a shot.
One of my friends suggested that I use toothpaste instead of spackle to fill the hole in my wall left by a hanging photograph. I thought he was crazy until I tried it. I must admit that it worked very well, but I was skeptical at first. It also left a very minty scent in my bedroom.
The last thing I’m going to say is that the options of items you can work with are endless. All it takes is some creative concepts to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I really hope this post was helpful to someone. If you have any questions or hacks of your own, let me know what they are, so I can give them a try.
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