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Best Woodworking Hacks To Add Texture With Tools You Already Have

A big part of adding texture to your work with tools you already have, is looking beyond their typical use. Sure, your nail set was made to set nails, but it can also be used to create small dimples in wood. A chisel was made to pare small surfaces and remove small chips of wood, but it can also be used to create slightly faceted, uneven surfaces. I’m not encouraging you to abuse tools, or use them in a dangerous or careless way. Just keep your eyes open to what a tool can do for you in terms of adding texture to a surface. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

This list is by no means exhaustive; it’s just a starting point to introduce woodworkers to what can be done if you cross the tools you likely already have in your workshop with a little outside-the-box thinking. I didn’t even mention how spokeshaves, handplanes, carving knives, blow torches and other tools can also be used to add gorgeous texture to wood. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

Nail Set

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Best Use: Works well in most woods. Can be time consuming if texturing large areas. Great for creating small to medium sized areas of focus. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

What to do: If your nail set is old or has been abused, you will have to smooth its sides and end in order to create a cleaner, rounder hole. A belt sander is great for this simple task. Use either a light tap with a mallet or hammer for a shallow dimple, or a heavier hit for a deeper, more pronounced effect. If you’re finding you are getting lots of chipping and splintering space the dimples slightly further apart. Different diameters of set will give varied looks. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

Effect: Great for creating an even, light texture to fill in smaller areas. Can be spaced evenly or randomly. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

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