You should be familiar with both: the basic techniques involved in cutting, shaping and finishing a board at home, how to properly stain a board to look like a finished one, and how to use sand paper, stain, glue, paint, or a variety of other methods to create your own unique work of art. However, learning about the different methods and techniques involved can be daunting, as they are in some ways very different. Therefore, in this paper I will only cover some very basic techniques in order to show you the most common ones which you will have to employ when working with wood.
I’m going to assume you have no knowledge of what’s called “binding”, as you may never have used any type of binding in your woodworking career, so this section will cover that. If you don’t know what binding is, then this will be the section you should start off with as that is the first time you will likely have to use it. Binding is the practice of creating a surface on the board in order to protect your work from scratching and peeling. Most times, you will glue wood together by hand using some type of adhesives/bonds. However, woodworking is much more forgiving if you allow the surface to be glued onto the board. This is very important as if the surface is allowed to dry and rot quickly (and even if it’s not that fast!), you will begin to peel off the glue leaving a big surface which will become even more of a problem later on.
You will need to choose a method of binding the board that is going to prevent your work from slipping off the surface and then you will need to protect your work from it eventually falling off, the most common methods of binding are glue or adhesive strips. Although both of these are very effective in protecting the wood, it’s up to you as to which one you feel is better.
If you choose adhesive strips, you can either buy them by the yard or, as I have done, you can buy them pre-cut into lengths and glue them onto your boards. They are a great way to protect your boards from getting scratched, but for the sake of your sanity, use them sparingly. If you go the glued route where you are bound onto your boards, they are still good ways to protect your project, and I highly recommend these as they’re very cheap and they are very effective. If you decide to go with glue or adhesives then use a light coat of
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