Ever get so frustrated with something new that you never want to see it or do it ever again? Use these tips to dispose of the stress and get your woodworking off to a good start. Ensure project success and an enjoyable woodworking experience.
1. Start with your research. Understand the foundation of woodworking, the vocabulary, the types of wood, and the tools needed. You don’t need to be a master woodworker, but you do need to know basic woodworking concepts.
2. Don’t rush out to buy everything. Start with a few key woodworking tools and educational books and then grow from there. You can always borrow tools from friends and neighbors or rent them from home improvement stores.
3. Keep your work environment clear. In cramped quarters, you need to reduce your risk of accidents. You don’t want to end up tripping over a hammer, wedging a 2×4 into the drywall, sawing off the portable drill cord, or getting your shirt trapped in the ShopVac.
4. Ensure proper ventilation. Open windows, turn on exhaust fans, and use the ventilation/bagging systems for hand sanders, miter saws, and other tools. You will be dealing with plenty of sawdust and potentially hazardous chemicals from stains, sealers, and paints.
5. Organize your tools. Pack away the hand tools and power tools you will not need. If you have a small workshop, take a few tools out at a time to use in stages so that your work area will not be crowded. If you have a large workshop, you can line up your woodworking tools and grab whatever you need when you need it.
6. Wear your dust mask, safety goggles, ear protection, and gloves. Take any other safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer of the woodworking tools you are using.
7. Understand how to use your woodworking tools properly. Follow all safety instructions, operating instructions, and maintenance instructions. Not only does it ensure that you have a safe and productive woodworking project, it also extends the life of your tools so you can enjoy many more projects.
8. Start with a plan that is designed for your skill level. There is nothing wrong with starting small to grow your skills. You can always sell your woodwork masterpieces on auction sites like eBay or artist sites like Etsy.
9. Take your time. Plan ahead, measure twice before cutting, and go slowly. Think ahead to your next steps.
10. Reward yourself. No matter how your woodworking project looks, you deserve a pat on the back. Congratulate yourself for taking the first steps to a great hobby or career!
Source by Michael A. Best