Starting out in woodworking, as in any craft, is full of excitement, hope, and, yes, a degree of bewilderment. In the quest to put one’s heart, mind and hands into making things, it helps to have some guidance. I humbly offer these tips, most of which are really applicable to all crafts.
1. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Start with projects that have a good chance of success. It is far better to succeed making simple, modest pieces than to get overwhelmed, frustrated and disappointed because you bit off more than you could chew with an elaborate project. Challenges edify only if they build confidence, so keep the early ones realistic. beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks
Furthermore, a successfully completed project involves many stages: design, research, acquiring high-quality wood, configuring tools, stock preparation, joinery, surfacing, edge treatments, glue up and finishing. An extremely important part of learning woodworking is working through all the stages and appreciating how they interrelate. The learning experience can only happen if you get through all of them! beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks
What’s more, you’ll have a lasting piece — however modest — to show for your efforts.
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