If woodworking seems too hard and this is scaring you away, think again. With a little knowledge you can learn the skills necessary to work with wood. Commitment to learning and a desire to improve your skills is all it takes. To begin, start with the tips below.

Test the stain before you apply it to the wood you are using in your project. If you test the stain color first, you will not have any unpleasant surprises. This will go a long way in preventing disappointment.

Pick out the right kind of wood. Some woods are not as strong as others. If you don’t know how different types of wood will work, spend time learning about both the wood and the project you wish to complete.

Do some dry fitting before applying glue and then piece the wooden pieces together. If you’re trying to fix things up after you have glue on your piece, there is a chance that you’re going to damage the project. Dry fitting helps you figure out where each piece is placed.

Before purchasing or using any type of wood, you should know all about it. Paint grade always indicates that the wood isn’t a good quality, for instance, and stain grade will mean the grain pattern will be good for staining. When it comes to veneer and particle board, veneer doesn’t usually absorb the right amount of stain, and particle board absorbs way too much. The right wood will help make sure your project comes out how you want it to.

While you might like keeping a small ruler handy in your pocket, you probably find that it falls out every time you bend over. If it falls out, try buying a metal one and use a magnet for picking up screws to keep it from falling out. This will hold the two together, making them bulking enough to stay put.

Choose the right size of nail for your project. Very large nails can cause the wood to split, which will prevent it from holding well. A small nail, however, won’t be able to join the wood together. It’s important to be able to match the correct size of nail for each job.

Make sure your grip has sufficient spring. You might need the extra spring when you already have your hands full. These are tough to open up with a single hand. There are ways to make this easier. Before you begin a glue-up, place all the clamps that you need on a random scrap of wood using both free hands. This will have them easy to reach and ready to go so you can use them with one hand.

Now you know much more when it comes to woodworking. Put this information to use so that you can improve your skills and do better work. As long as you’re able to practice and learn, you’ll get the craft mastered eventually. Keep this information on hand so that you always have it. Go enjoy woodworking!