There are many reasons why an individual would want to get involved with woodworking. What's yours? Do you want to build model airplanes or figurines for a child? Would you enjoy crafting a stunning gazebo for your back yard? How about a shed … or a new kitchen countertop and cabinets … or even your dream home? Or depending you would like to do this stuff for a living, either freelance or for a reputable company. This article will address all the steps you would be wise to take in order to get started with woodworking, no matter what your reasons.
The very first thing any woodworker should do before undertaking their next (or first) project is take stock of their current knowledge and ability. Get completely honest. If you are brand new, you will need to climb the ranks. A new winding cherrywood staircase may be out of the question for you! We may need to start with a plywood birdhouse … and that's totally fine. The most important thing with woodworking, as with any other under construction in life, is that you simply show up and get started. Improvement, growth, and extremely those breathtaking works of art will follow.
No matter what your starting point, the most important step you can take to get where you want to be is to educate yourself. Education is KING! There are three primary ways to get the education you need to become a brilliant woodworker:
1. Read, read, read. A master woodworker once confessed to having a mountain of books, magazines, and other trade publications taking over his entire garage! At bare minimum, hit your public library and read a book or two. Subscribe to a woodworking magazine … or a few. Go to Amazon.com and type woodworking books into the search box. Buy what you can afford! In addition, pick up some good instructional DVDs, as these will show you live demonstrations of what's possible and how to accomplish it yourself.
2. Take a class! Nothing beats hands-on instruction. Almost every community college in the country has a wood shop. Sign up and take advantage. You will learn so much, and you will develop many good habits and skills along the way.
3. Make mistakes! Oooh, the dreaded "m" word. But, yes, this is what you want. Every mistake you make is a real-world lesson that teachers you something more valuable than any theory ever could. Light means little without darkness. Success means less without a little failure every now and again. Embrace this life's truth and let it serve you.
ALL woodworkers, no matter if they are total newbies or seasoned professionals, all have one thing in common. They all need the right tools to get the job done. This is often considered the most confusing aspect of woodworking … tool selection. Do not worry, though. There truly is a simple rule of thumb that many master craftsmen follow religiously, and it never lets them down. The rule?
Buy as you go …
There is no sense in stocking your shop with thousands of dollars of stuff that you either do not know how to use or have absolutely no need for in the first place. Here's the process you want to follow:
1. Choose a project.
2. Find out what tools are required for this project.
3. Acquire ONLY those tools.
4. Repeat with your next project.
Pretty simple, right? I think so, anyway. Spend only what you need to spend. And if you're ever faced with the choice between quantity or quality, when it comes to tools, quality wins out 100% of the time! Get the good stuff and build up your arsenal of woodworking tools slowly and steadily!
Source by Jim Goodman