Woodworking

Wood was one of the first materials worked by man.  With it they where able to not only craft needed tools but show their creativity.  Woodcarving and woodworking are hobbies that anyone can pickup.  While it can takes years to master, there are many modern tools that make woodworking very simple.

Expert woodworking blueprints and plans allow even novice woodworkers to make their own furniture, toys, tools, benches as well as anything else the mind can think of.

What to Build?

If just starting out in woodworking you do not want to take on a HUGE project.  Too often people want to build something very elaborate and they drastically underestimate the time and tools involved for completing the project.  The idea for most is to just build something with their hands and add in their own flare to the project.

If you already know what you want to build you should look at woodworking plans to see every tool you need and get an estimate on the time and skill level involved.  A good blueprint will include the tools needed to make the object as well as the materials that need to be sourced.  Only after viewing the plans can you really know if the project is right for you at your current skill level.

One of the first things I normally tell people who are just getting started is to build a woodworking bench or something rather simple like a toy chest.  Those who have more knowledge and skill normally need somethings a but more challenging like a toy rocking horse project.  This is not to say that all DIY woodworking project that require more time are hard.  With the right plan and a bit of creativity you may find that some things take far less time.

In the end you need to have fun and enjoy what you are doing.  This is why we recommend you first build something rather simple that will only take you 8-10 hours.  A few hours here and there and in under 2 weeks you can have your first project done.  From there you can build upon your success and make a bigger commitment if you enjoyed the project.

What Plans to Follow?

On my Woodworking reviews page here I list the plans I have used.  These are paid plans and cost money.  While you can find free plans online it’s often difficult to really get completed plans.  You will find steps missing as well as many flaws in the plans.  For people who have great experience this does not matter so much.  Some plans are complete but it’s hard to know with out starting the project.  This is why I personally use mostly paid woodworking blueprints.  With that said I have found great plans online and in woodworking magazines that are free minus the cost of the magazine.

Membership sites on woodworking exist as well and they can be a big help because you get to see what others have thought of and in some cases get help on projects if your stuck.

Another benefit to many paid plans is you get a lot of them.  You can see 5-10 different ways to build a rocking horse and get many ideas on bird houses.  It’s one thing to build a bird house but a whole different feeling when you build a bird house you really want to hang in your yard.

The woodworking review page also now lists many other resources for free plans.  I don’t want everyone to think I’m just here to pitch a product I like.

What Tools to Use?

The tools you need very widely on the project you will be making. Here are a list of very common tools used.

  • Jigsaw
  • Circular Saw
  • clamp-on straight-edge
  • Power Drill
  • Orbital Sander
  • Table Saw
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Router
  • Claw Hammer with finished head
  • 6″ Layout Square
  • Retractable Tape Measure
  • Chisels
  • Level
  • Screwdrivers
  • Sliding Bevel
  • Nails set
  • Small Block Plane

There are of course hundreds of other small tools and many different kinds and sizes of tools.  Don’t let this list discourage you if you do not have most of the items.  Often times second hand tools for garages sales or Estate sales work great.  You do not need all of these items for every job and some jobs you are going to need more.  What’s nice about many paid blueprints is they will list the tools you need to complete the job.  As any hobbyist will tell you, there’s normally a few different tools that can be used to get the job done.

How to Get Started in Woodworking?

You can check out the woodworking plans page here to get started.

Go through a number of woodworking plans and find something simple to start.  Get the tools together and dive right in.  Your first woodworking project does not have to look good.  It’s a learning process and over time you will learn how to do more of the fancy designs and add in flare to your projects.  The most important thing is to have fun and not set any hard goals.  Working with wood for many is done for the pleasure of it.  Take your time and enjoy the fruits of your labor.