Do It Yourself Tips for Basic Woodworking Projects

Woodworking can be a fun weekend project even for inexperienced homeowners who want to try their hand at working with wood. You will only need a few simple tools if you want to work on basic woodworking projects. However, you will need to learn a few basics. If you are thinking about working on a complex woodworking project like building yourself kitchen cabinets from scratch, then it is probably best to get in touch with a custom kitchen remodeling company or a carpenter to do the job for you. However, if you seek a simple project like refinishing an old table or making a simple shelf , here are a few simple “do it yourself” tips that you may find helpful.




Sanding is a basic but very useful skill if you want to learn a bit of woodworking. Whether you’re a beginner or a custom kitchen remodeling contractor,  mastering the art of  sanding is a must. The first thing that you need to learn is that you need to sand with the grain. Work with it not against it. This will help you achieve a smoother and finer finish. If you go against the grain, you might end up with a rough surface that will be difficult to paint or stain.


Rough to Fine


When sanding wooden items, the next thing that you have to learn is that you need to go from course sandpaper to progressively smoother grades of sandpaper of you finish the project. If you want a perfectly smooth stain finish, this is the only way to go about it. First, you need to start with 80 grade sandpaper. Keep on sanding until you feel that you can move on to the next grade. You need to continue doing this until you eventually get to 200 grade sandpaper. After that, you can take things further by using a buffing tool and some abrasive powder. However, keep in mind that you must accomplish these steps in the correct order.


Working with a Saw


If you are making a simple shelf for your reading room, then you may need to learn a thing or two about using a saw. To get adequate results, you need to be able to use a saw without splintering the wood. This can easily be accomplished with a bit of masking tape. Simple tape the edges of the plank that you wish to cut and carefully saw through it. You will notice that the tape keeps the wood from splintering.


While these are just a couple of very basic tips, these are probably enough for you to start working on refinishing your old coffee table. For large projects like remodeling kitchen cabinets or custom shelving however, you will need an experienced licensed contractor. Where I am from in Brooklyn, licensed accredited Brooklyn remodeling contractors are very easy to find. is a Brooklyn based kitchen remodeling company with an extensive showroom located at 1908 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11230. We are a featured contractor on, so check out our project gallery now on and call (718) 375-7535 for the premier kitchen cabinetry and remodeling contractor in Brooklyn.