8 Bad Workshop Habits You Should Drop Today
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Bad Workshop Habits that You Must Improve
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Most of us learn practical skills in informal settings, which makes it very easy to pick up bad habits. How many of these bad shop habits have you been practicing all along?
Neglecting Dust Collection
If you plan to work wood with power tools in your shop, a proper dust collection system is not just a good idea, it is essential.
Tools like a table saw, miter saw, jointer, coarse planer, power sander, and others have different functions, but they work on the same principle: removing the wood from the workpiece. This creates a mixed mix of medium sized sawdust flakes and fine airborne dust particles. Neither of them is good for your store's cleanliness or air quality.
This is where dust collectors can help. These are basically motors that draw the sawdust into a centralized chamber through a network of rigid conduits and plastic hoses from all the power tools in your workshop.
Failure to Put Tools Away
The more tools you have, the more trouble you have to keep them organized. While it's tempting to leave tools on your workbench as you move from one exciting project stage to the next, you need to resist this urge.
If you don't waste time putting away your tools, your store will quickly become congested. This not only reduces the available workspace but also makes it difficult to find the tools you need. It's also much safer and easier to stay mentally focused on the job at hand when your store is organized.
Not Disconnecting Power Tools Before Adjusting Them
Adjusting tools for specific jobs is a common part of every serious DIY enthusiast's time in the shop, so doing it safely is important. Operations such as changing table saw blades, removing joint or planer blades for sharpening, and others require careful access to their internal mechanisms.
Always unplug your tools from the outlet before working on them. Without exceptions. Rotating power tool blades will change your life forever if your fingers are in the wrong place at the wrong time. It only takes a fraction of a second to deal permanent damage.
Alternatively, you can turn off the power to the tool if it is connected to its electrical panel. Anyway, check and verify that the tool is not turned on by pressing the ON button. If nothing happens, you can get to work. Also, be careful with cordless tools. Disconnect the battery before touching anything on a tool that could cut it if it is accidentally turned on.
Marking Fine Cuts With a Pencil
Precision is important for working fine wood. As any seasoned furniture builder, trimmer, or carpenter will tell you, a small gap in a woodworking joint looks terrible and sticks out. No matter how good the rest of the project is, people's eyes will be drawn to this gap first of all.
So marking your cuts with a pencil is a bad idea. Even a sharp pencil creates a thick line, leaving the exact cutting point open for interpretation. A sharp knife is much better at scoring accurately. Makes a sharp, fine line that shows you exactly where to cut. As long as you have marked the correct spot and cut it precisely, you will always have a perfectly fitted joint.
Leaving Sharp Blades Unprotected
Successful carpenters and DIYers understand the value of extremely sharp hand tools. Chisels, hand planer, carving knives, saws, and razors do not work properly without a sharp blade.
Part of your success as a carpenter / DIYer comes down to knowing how to surgically set sharp edges on your tools. Another part is protecting those sharp blades and keeping them cutting accurately for as long as possible. While there is a tendency to rush when putting away tools, it is not worth protecting the blades and saving a few seconds.
Always fully retract the blade from your brushes and nozzles, cover the tips of your chisels, and slip your saws into protective sleeves before storing. This prevents sharp edges from rubbing against other tools or inside the tool cabinet, which can cloud or damage them.
Measuring Instead of Custom Fitting Wood Parts
Tape measures have their limits. They are good for measuring up to 1/16 in. sort of, but what if it needs to improve? Extremely fine measurements are the flagship product of skilled carpenters and carpenters. With fine woodworking projects, measurements are often so precise that cutting to fit a certain space is the only method that works.
Take your workpiece and hold it where it will go on the project. Use a sharp knife to precise mark where you need to cut, then make the cut with a properly adjusted miter saw. By eliminating the measurement numbers, you are much more likely to get the extremely precise cuts necessary to make your design look great.
Failure to Use Eye and Hearing Protection
Every productivity-focused carpenter and DIYer appreciates efficiency. The problem is that this tendency sometimes leads to ignoring important things to save a negligible amount of time.
Hearing and eye protection are excellent examples. Always wear safety glasses and ear muffs or ear muffs when using noisy power tools. It's worth the few seconds it takes to grab the ear muffs and goggles from your tool cabinet to protect your eyes and ears. Always use them.
Not Predrilling for Fasteners
If you are new to carpentry, you may be tempted to fasten the woodworking pieces with screws directly into the workpiece, without pre-holes. Resist that urge!
Screws are great for holding parts tight. But without pre-drilling, the chances of your work snapping and breaking as you tighten the screws is greatly increased. Different species of wood vary in their propensity to split, with hardwoods at the higher risk end and more compressible softwoods like pine and cedar less risky. Still, if parts are important, you should always pre-drill.
Choose a drill the same size as the inner shank of the screws you will be using. The holes should be large enough to allow the screw to go into the wood with much less risk of breaking it, but small enough to allow the wires to bite into the wood and fit securely. In most cases, it is not necessary to pre-drill the screws used in large outdoor projects, but finer woodworking and furniture construction always benefit from pre-drilling for fasteners.
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