Woodworking for Beginners – Tools, Projects, and Techniques
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Woodworking for Beginners – Tools, Projects, and Techniques
I absolutely love my woodworking hobby, and today I’m going to share with you all my best advice to get into woodworking for beginners.
I’ve tried various types of projects, from painted plywood furniture, to scroll saw toys, outdoor concrete-topped tables, to indoor wall-décor and furniture.
I absolutely love having the freedom to try new ideas and fun projects. Not to mention, almost everything I’ve built could probably have been sold for a profit.
But when you’re first getting started, there are going to be some decisions you have to make.
For instance, what type of projects would you like to start building right now?
Do you have very much money to invest in power tools?
How much space do you have in your workshop?
And finally, are you doing this as a hobby, or do you want to build ?
For me, it was kind of a necessity because I needed to build a cheap, storage platform bed for my wife and I.
It wasn’t until after that when I realized that project was a lot of fun and I wanted to keep doing it.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to build, so I started researching online.
I then realized there were tons of projects that I could immediately benefit from.
I knew I had plenty of work to do just building furniture and small projects for our house, but I also wanted to make some money with my hobby.
At that point, my main tools was a craftsman sliding miter saw, and a craftsman contractor-grade table saw.
Then I bought my and decided to make scroll saw portraits and wooden toys .
I knew I could probably sell these locally or online. So that’s what I did.
From there, I started building jigs for making my cuts more accurate, and took on more furniture projects.
And for me, that’s ultimately what I enjoyed the most and is still what I’m doing today. Making furniture for my wife, and everyone else in my family.
Where Do You Want To Take Your Hobby?
So let’s talk about you. What do you want to do with your hobby?
If you don’t have much space and want to do things on the cheap, you could get by with nothing more than a table saw and a drill press .
And the standard handheld power tools – a router, 2 drills, jig saw, and a circular saw.
Obviously, you’ll want at least some of the , but you can usually find these cheap, and even used if you search around.
If your focus is making money with your work – read .
But what about DIY renovation projects? If you’re into that type of thing as well, and I’m guessing you probably are, you could probably also justify a good miter saw.
While a lot of home improvement projects would benefit from a miter saw, most furniture projects can get by much easier with just a table saw with the right jigs and sled.
One way or another, you’ll want to be able to cut mitered corners for projects like this desk I built, with .
Or do you like the idea of buying a single, versatile power tool, mastering that tool, and creating awesome gifts to give away or to sell?
This can be done with the scroll saw, like I did.
Above were a few examples, and here are a few more examples of what I’ve built with a scroll saw.
Or if you just get yourself a decent table saw, you could do a ton of projects with it.
This is because you can build custom jigs in order to create all kinds of woodworking cuts.
This is also a great space saver, because once you have built the jig’s you need, you really don’t have to get a miter saw.
You don’t even need a jointer, because with the proper jig you can , or .
Woodworking for Beginners – Tools To Buy When Starting Out
Let’s just assume you want to be a well-rounded woodworker for doing a wide variety of projects, whether they be for your home, gifts for friends and family, or to sell.
Here are the power tools I would suggest getting when you’re starting out, based on what I use the most in my woodworking shop.
To me, this one is absolutely essential.
Every project I work on nowadays requires at least some of the cuts to be made on the table saw.
Plus, by using a table saw to rip down and size your boards, you save money because you can buy rough cut lumber, and you have more options since you can create the exact dimensions you need.
This is opposed to buying the pre-cut, prefinished boards from the big home stores .
While I don’t typically use the miter saw for my final cross cuts , I still use it on a regular basis.
If you’ve got the space and the money, a miter saw is a good addition.
It will save you time for making quick rough cross cuts.
And if you use a good blade and a zero clearance throat plate, you can get high quality cross cuts from a miter saw as well.
Alternatives – for crosscutting you can get by with your table saw, and in some cases your circular saw.
There’s just something I love about drilling straight holes, perfectly perpendicular, through a piece of wood.
Compare that to using a standard drill when drilling multiple holes, just to find out half of them are crooked.
That’s frustrating, and once I bought my bench top drill press, my life got easier.
So in woodworking for beginners, I would consider this a huge stress reducer!
Alternatives – you can buy a to help you drill straight holes. It’s still not as quick or as versatile as a drill press, but it will save you some money.
Most Woodworkers will tell you to get a band saw, and will probably make no mention of a scroll saw.
But I’ve honestly never had a real need for a band saw, once I had my scroll saw.
The scroll saw makes cleaner and more intricate cuts, and it’s easier to set up and use compared to all the tuning that needs to be done on a band saw to make sure it cuts properly.
Yes the band saw cuts thicker material faster, and allows for re-sawing, but I’ve personally never had a need for that.
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