Do you not know where to start with woodworking? If so, you have come to the right place. If you don’t know about woodworking, it may seem hard. It becomes easier when you learn more about it. In fact, read on for some great suggestions that will help.

When using stains or finishes, be sure to stir them, rather than shake them. The ingredients in these can settle over time. Shaking can make it have bubbles and it won’t mix well. Stir it well and you shouldn’t have an issue.

When you have woodworking pieces ready for final assembly, always remember to run them through a quick dry-fit before you break out the glue. If you try to adjust things after the glue has been applied, there is a huge chance that you will end up causing some damage. Using dry-fit will show you where to put the pieces should go.

A stair gauge is an essential for every woodworking shop. They are typically used for laying out stair jacks, but can also prove useful for clamping a carpenters square. This adds a very practical element to your project that can save time and money. Also, it will improve the quality of each cut.

Before purchasing or using any type of wood, you should know all about it. For instance, if a wood is paint grade, it’s probably not quality wood. Stain grade means the wood’s grain pattern makes it great for staining. Along the same lines, veneer is very different from particleboard because the former will not necessarily absorb stain properly; however, the latter typically absorbs too much stain. Choosing the right wood makes sure your project becomes all that you planned.

You likely already know that you want to have a ruler on hands at all times, but it can be hard to keep it from falling out of your pocket. If you purchase a metal ruler, you can keep it in your pocket with a telescoping magnet. The magnet will keep the ruler safely in your pocket.

You want to be sure that you have the right size nails for your project. Using a nail that has too big of a diameter could split your wood and it won’t hold properly. However, very small nails do not penetrate well; therefore, they won’t hold the wood. You need to identify the proper size for your project.

Make sure your grip has sufficient spring. Sometimes you might need a spring clamp, however you only have one hand available to use. It’s hard to open it with a single hand. There is a solution for this problem. Before starting to glue a large project, arrange all the clamps you will be using onto some scrap wood while both of your hands are free. Because the clamps will already be open, this will allow you to easier grab and use one with only one hand.

It can be difficult to work with wood, but it feels rewarding as well. The rush of pride that comes with making something beautiful is irreplaceable. Apply what you have learned here to create extraordinary pieces.