Ten Easy Wood Pattern Layout Tips for
Cutting out your Chosen Pattern Pieces:
When cutting any wooden pieces, always cut with the grain if possible. If, for whatever reason, this is not possible and you find you have to cut against the grain, cut your piece only halfway or a little more across the piece and then turn the piece around and do the same from the opposite side. This will prevent the piece from splitting along the bottom edge.
A miniature mitre box is a useful tool while creating mini furnishings especially where fitting doors together or tight corners are concerned. If used correctly it helps give accurate measurements and precise fittings.
Using a metal square too will prevent glue sticking to the surface of your square while joining pieces and constructing item. A wooden ruler can become inaccurate after time and may put your pieces out of sync with your wood pattern layout if you are not careful. A metal rule can be wiped clean quickly for further use.
To make it easier while using hand saws, rub the handsaw with dry soap along the edge of the blade. This simple step will reduce the friction making it easier to pull the blade through the material.
Placing a board so the growth rings arc downward can reduce splintering when crosscutting.
To cut thin edges place a piece of scrap material underneath the piece to be cut. Clamp it in place and cut through both pieces of the material.
Measure twice and cut once. Not the opposite way or you could be wasting your valuable piece.
Prior to cutting your material pieces out, layout all pieces required for the project to see how to use your main piece to the best possible advantage. This way you will also know if the material you have on hand is sufficient for the job. Or if you need to purchase more.
Any old spools you have such as from sewing, like the old wooden ones, can be used to make a clamp. Simply find a bolt long and narrow enough to fit through the two spools and the work in progress. Then tighten down with a wingnut on one side.
Always do a dry run when gluing two solid pieces together to make sure all the parts fit and the clamps are appropriate for the job being done.
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