Woodworking for Beginners

By the time a few projects have been completed and the user feels comfortable with using their hand tools, then they can begin to work with some basic power tools. Again, it is important to begin small and work up to the bigger, more powerful tools on the market. Using a power tool for the first time can be an intimidating experience for a woodworking beginner. There are plenty of resources for new users to tap into when using a power drill, saw or sander for the first time in manuals, online and even practical assistance through classes and demonstrations at tool-hire outlets.It really does pay to take the time to build confidence with power tools as the majority of accidents occur when the user is unsure of how to use them. By following the above guide, and taking the time to build a solid base of knowledge before working on projects, beginners can quickly reap the benefits of woodworking.

If you are new to the world of woodworking, you can find yourself easily overwhelmed with the wealth of information and tools on the market to help you along, much of which is unnecessary. Following the guide below will remove much of the mystery around woodworking for beginners and get any newbie off to a good start.

Knowledge is King

Before setting off on a journey into the wonderful world of woodworking, every beginner should invest in a good set of books and manuals to refer to as they go along. Not only will this provide a good knowledge base but will also guide users through some simple projects with which they can try out their skills.

Tool up

Before embarking on any projects, big or small, another essential investment for a newbie to make is in tools. The temptation to spend hundreds of pounds on the latest power tools may well prove overwhelming, yet the sensible beginner will begin with some simple hand tools. Starter kits are widely available and should contain at the very least the following tools.

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers (cross head and straight head)
  • Hack saw
  • Chisel
  • Square
  • Spirit level

In addition, it is a good idea to buy a simple woodworking bench, screws, nails and clamps.

Practice on Off-cuts of Wood

Before beginning a first woodwork project, it is a good idea to buy some scrap pieces of wood upon which to practice. By doing this, the user will be able to get a feel for their new tools and not worry about making mistakes. Most DIY outlets will have off-cuts of wood that they will be prepared to sell at cut price, alternatively it is worth contacting local carpentry businesses and see if they would be happy to provide their waste materials for practice purposes.

Start Small

Again, the urge to dive straight into an enormous project can prove overwhelming, yet can end up being extremely problematic. For woodworking beginners, the best way to hone their skills and end up with something tangible for their efforts is by beginning with a cheap and simple project. Below are five which new carpenters might want to try their hand at.

  • Chopping Board
  • Shelving
  • Small Jewellery Box
  • Birdhouse
  • Picture Frame

All of these projects will provide any woodworking beginner with the chance to learn the basics of measuring, cutting and joinery and end up with a useful product at the end of the project.

Author: John Clax

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