By . Woodworking Design. Published at Thursday, March 05th, 2020 - 05:27:09 AM.
The objective is to open the pores to restore the aroma that is waiting to be let loose. There are a couple of ways you can do this. One method is to very lightly sand the surface using a fine 200 grit sandpaper on a sanding block. What this will do is the sandpaper will penetrate the pores and will open up pockets in the wood where the precious cedar oil is contained. Be very careful with the sanding though as you don’t want to end up with scratch marks. This is avoidable if you sand in the same direction as the grain. You will find that it’s not going to take much sanding before you smell the aroma of the cedar once again.
1. Plan ahead, think your project out before you ever start work. You should have a clear picture in your head or on paper what you want your final result to be before you ever bring out the tools. I am sure before you started you already had an idea but just think it out, if your building a new table how long is it going to be? How many people does it need to set? How wide? What if your planning to add on a room to your home, you already know in your mind how big you want it. What the square footage is going to be, how wide and how long so this makes it easy for the builders to get the supplies they need based on the specs of the design. This is the same concept you should use in all your woodworking projects, have a plan and design upfront with a final picture in your mind so you can have all your tools and supplies handy before you begin.
You may want to try putting some good grade cedar chips in a nylon and tying it tightly. Place this at the bottom of your cedar chest. Although not as good as the actual odor from the chest it will still no doubt stir up so old memories.
Financial Considerations – Getting into woodworking can be a pinch on the pocket, however you have more options than you could possibly imagine. You might want to check out Rockler and Woodcraft which carry specialized tools for woodworkers. If all else fails then you could also try out Amazon.com, which is the biggest internet based service for virtually any item conceivable. These sources will have some good selections offered at very competitive prices. Remember that you need to make smart choices when it comes to woodworking.
Having good woodwork designs will help in the planning stage, as long as you find some good ones!
It is important to get the right type of plans depending on your level of experience. If you are just starting the trade, you are better off with a simple design that does not require much time to complete. This is because completing a project in a timely manner gives you the confidence and satisfaction you need to undertake more complex and time consuming projects. Moreover, simple designs require fewer skills and by completing one project after another, you will be able to learn a series of good skills that will be essential in more advanced projects.
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