Getting Started with Woodworking Tips

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Where can I learn new skills?

Learning Fundamentals of Woodworking

The fundamentals of woodworking can be learned from many great sources including some books and how- to manuals. There are even woodworking classes available where you can learn the skills you need to do some amazing work from the best craftsmen. You can even take it one step further and attend a woodworking university. Check with your local community groups and colleges and universities for ongoing workshops and classes.

how do I get started?

Start at the Beginning

The first step in getting started in a new woodworking hobby or if you have interest in woodworking is deciding what kind of woodworking you would like to do. Woodworking can be anything from building birdhouses to cabinets - the choice is up to you. Consider time and complexity before beginning a project.

If you've never had woodworking training before, it's a good idea to start with something small in order to become more familiar with everything first.

I have learned the basic , now what?

More Advanced Working Resources

After you have some woodworking experience under your belt, you might want to move on to more advanced projects, such as building furniture or chests. There are many fine places to find detailed plans to all sorts of fantastic things to build.

Do I have to buy alot of tools to get started?

Tools of the Trade

The type of woodworking project you have decided to do will determine the size and number of tools needed to get you started. For example, if you're starting with birdhouses all you will need are some basic tools including a good hammer, screwdriver or battery operated screw gun which can double as a drill.

Safety glasses are a must for any project, and you should also consider a good pair of work gloves. Also, keep a measuring tape and pencil handy for last minute measurements and revisions. Last, but not least, add a recommended power or hand saw to your tool box. As your woodworking project becomes more advanced, other tools can be added to your tool box. It is sometimes hard to resist the temptation to buy fancy tools right of the bat but in the beginning stages of you're project you'll rarely use those tools.

Can I make money at this?

Putting it Together

Many people have turned the hobby of woodworking into a nice way to make crafty pieces that people are happy to buy, or receive as gifts. Whether it's from work, neighbors, or friends, you never know who may be looking for just that special something.

Do I need a big shop or building?

Your Woodworking Space

The space needed to get started depends on the type of projects you are planning. Most hobbyists find working in the family garage more than enough space. Basements can also double for a great hobby shop. Some things to consider when setting up these areas as a shop are:

  • Power requirements to run the different pieces of equipment.
  • Wood storage and dust accumulation
Woodworking is a great hobby that doesn't require a big set up, but it's always a good idea to take stock of your surroundings.

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