Woodworking can be a fun hobby or even a full-filling career. When you are first starting out as a beginner woodworker you may have a lot of questions about what to do and what not to do. Some beginners may take on too much too soon or spend a lot on expensive woodworking tools and machines that they may not need-so make sure you do your research. Even some basic techniques are very confusing or easy to do incorrectly when you are first starting out. So make sure you get the proper training to get started the right way.
Many fine woodworkers learned their skills by just jumping in and trying to build something. Do not be in a hurry though, even those brave souls that start from scratch with no preparation often end up seeking out some books, magazines, or experienced woodworkers to figure out how to do it right.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are starting out:
o Start with familiarizing yourself with the basics. Learn about different forms of woodworking, types of trees and woods and how they are used, various tools, etc.
o When you're knowledgeable enough about the basics, plan what type of woodworking projects interest you. Once you have a plan you can move on to reading books or even taking classes that teach hands on skills in your choice of a woodworking project.
o Enroll or take a few classes near your area, possibly a beginner class through the local college or something taught by an experienced woodworker. The important thing is it will give you a clear overview of different tools and woodworking safety to get you started.
o If you are not a big fan of taking classes, but you know a person who is skilled enough in woodworking to train you then you can ask them a favor if they would let you assist them with a project, or sometimes show you how it is done. Most woodworkers are pleased to share and talk about their art. Chances are it will be their pleasure to oblige.
o However, if you are brand new to woodworking and have not really used tools before, you can opt to consider starting with a precut kit. Usually, most kits consist of wood that is already cut in the appropriate shapes and sizes. It would be up to you to follow the instruction and assemble the pieces together. These kits only require nailing, screwing, gluing, sanding, and finishing. Some great beginner woodworking projects are benches, plant holders, birdhouses and feeders, and many other fun items to get you started.
Until you think you're ready to advance to more complex projects, do not worry about planning and sizing your own lumber. Until you are comfortable you can purchase lumber already prepared and cut in many different widths. Other turned pieces are also readily available pre-made, like table legs and chair spindles. Slowly ease into some of those more complex projects over time by adding greater levels of difficulty to each project.
Source by Eric Willey