Most people approach learning woodworking with terror and fear. Have you felt this way? No need to worry. I have been doing woodworking for many years, and I would like to give you some tips on how to start with woodworking. It all starts with mindset. After getting in the right mindset, you will need action, persistence, and a little imagination.
Action is the first thing involved with woodworking. You can read all types of books about woodworking, or have a shop full of tools, but until you actually cut that first board, learning has not begun. The action you take at first should be small. Find a small project, such as a birdhouse, to start with and work your way up to the bigger ones. My first action with woodworking was taken with my dad many years ago, and that is where my learning started.
Once you have taken action, persistence is key. As with any skill, it's about trial-and-error. Sometimes I have to make a mistake in order to get it right the next time. We learn from our mistakes. Do not give up if you make a mistake. Step back, make a mental note, and try again. If it is a project I am going to be producing a lot of, I will usually do a test run of the product using scrap material. This is to ensure I've got the patterns and cuts down before I tackle the real one.
Imagination is one of the biggest things I tell people they will need when learning woodworking. For me, woodworking is an art. Yes many times I follow plans, but I try to make each piece a little better. It's like making a great drink, then deciding to try a splash of lime. If I am building an item that I want to sell I use a general plan. If it is a piece that I am making for a loved one, I like to do something special; something different and unique.
Always use safety equipment and follow all safety precautions when woodworking. One important thing I tell people who are learning woodworking: Do not be scared of the tools! It is possible to be over cautious. Now mind you, I am a big advocate of safety measures such as goggles, but learn to become one with the tool. This will make your experience with learning woodworking much more enjoyable.
Now you see that woodworking is not complex. It's simply about taking action and repeating that action. It's about creativity. There is really no right or wrong way for learning woodworking; it's all about what you make it.
Source by Robert McGee