If you are ready to start into the DIY woodworking scene, you will need some basics. Once you have a nice collection of tools together you will probably be wise to buy a collection of project plans and patterns. These are quite cheap now and usually have hundreds if not thousands of designs for you to choose from. The first project you should start on is the woodworking bench. Your list of patterns should have one of these and it would be wise to make it your very first. For a start, it will be very handy for all other projects and it is a project that will allow you some degree of tolerance in quality making it ideal for the beginner.
Of course, to have a woodworking bench, is to have somewhere to have it and so we are presuming here that you have an available shed or somewhere suitable to work in. The majority of woodworking benches are free standing and made from solid lumber so they are very sturdy. You are going to be banging and sawing lumber on here into the future so it must be strong. There is an option here to build your bench onto one wall of your shed and is popular as the wall behind then becomes the storage area for tools. However, this is more of a general purpose work bench and may not be suitable for all wood working projects because you are unable to get around the back of your job.
So if you are keen to get into some woodworking projects a freestanding work bench is the way to go. Your plans will most certainly include one of these and you just have to select the one you like. There is not much choice as there is only one basic design and most are structured around this. It is designed to give you the best advantage when constructing your project and processing the various pieces of lumber. It will have a woodworking vice attached so you can hold the piece you are working on quite securely. There is nothing worse than a piece of lumber sliding about while you are trying to work on it. This can often lead to a chisel through ones hand which we want to avoid.
So get your woodworking guides out and select the workbench for you and get started. You will soon be on your way to woodworking pro status.
Source by Nick Young