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Aug 17, 2007
One of the most important things for the novice wood worker who wants to make this a permanent hobby, is to keep your tools clean and in good repair. If you use dull or rusted tools, you work will turn out sloppy and you will most likely not want to continue to fine tune your skills. Orderliness and carefulness, with knowledge and patience, are sure to bring good results, just as a lack of them will bring failure.

Good workers take pride in keeping their workbenches in good order as well. Tools that are not in immediate use should be placed in their racks so they will not be damaged or cause injury to the worker. If the business end of the tool is touched, it should be wiped off to prevent corrosion.

Now that you know how to take care of your tools, let`s put them to work. But what should you make? A custom picture frame is a good thing for the beginning woodworker and will also make a nice gift for that special someone.

The first thing is to determine what size you want your woodworking project to be. Be sure that the inside or a hole is the size of the picture. If you plan on putting a picture in the frame, the outside edges need to be bigger than that.

Now, for the material to be used in your woodworking project. Since you are doing a picture frame, you can use just about any wood you would like, whether it is picture frame molding that can be bought at local craft stores, builders molding or even just lumber from the lumber yard. The latter you can pick up at your favorite home improvement store. For the beginner or the more advanced woodworker, picture frame molding may be the best choice as it comes with the grove for the glass already cut. With the other two options, you will have to do this groove yourself with a router.

After you have your material and sharp, clean tools, you are ready to start your woodworking project. Now, using a hand saw, cut the material four lengths, one for each side. Cut the edges at a forty five degree angle be sure you measure for this when cutting. Now, lay them on a flat surface and arrange the pieces so they form the shape of the frame that you want. Now, join the corners using wood glue and corner clamps. This is done easily by applying the wood glue to the cut edges, then using the corner clamps to keep them tight while the glue is drying.

The next step is to turn the woodworking project over so it is upside down and put two V nails through the glued joints. This will give the frame more sturdiness for longer a longer shelf life.

Now, just let it finish drying overnight. In the morning, you can do any sanding and staining that you want.

Of course, this is an example of a basic woodworking project. With time and practice, you will get to the level of making chairs, coffee tables, beds and dressers.
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