If you’re looking to get your hands on some quality woodworking plans so that you can finally get that project of yours done, you’ve come to the right place. After all, I understand how difficult it can be to locate quality plans online. That’s why I’ve created this website as a resource to share with you where quality plans can be found for almost any woodworking project imaginable.
Also, aside from this you’ll learn several handy tips for making your projects a success.
If you’re just getting into woodworking as a new hobby, you’ll find there are many simple woodworking projects shared that you can get yourself started with. And, as with starting any new hobby, it’s really important to make sure you get the right tools and materials from the beginning. This is especially important when it comes to woodworking because if you buy quality tools, they will last you for many years to come.
In the next few minutes you’ll discover 5 useful woodworking tips that will ensure that you get started on your woodworking projects the right way, saving you from otherwise much wasted time and energy. So, I recommend that you read until the very bottom of this page.
Tip 1: The Importance of Proper Work Space
To begin with, it’s important that you make sure you have sufficient space to work in. Ideally, you should use a garage or shed otherwise there’ll be sawdust flying around inside your home and that’s probably the last thing you want. Therefore, wherever possible, an outside space large enough to work in is key.
Tip 2: Safety First
If your work space has electricity running to it you will need to ensure that it’s well lit and has sufficient power points for at least 2 power tools. If there’s no electricity, you can run an extension cable but always take care to keep the cable out of the way when cutting wood.
Please remember to purchase safety goggles and dust masks as the sawdust from some types of wood such as MDF can be toxic. With this in mind, it’s crucial to always wear a dust mask when cutting wood to protect your lungs.
Tip 3: Essential Tools You’ll Need
Most woodworking projects will provide some indication of the tools you will need for that particular project. However, it’s a good idea to buy a range of basic tools that are of as good a quality as you can afford. A tape measure, hammer, saws, assorted screwdrivers, a set square to get a straight line, sandpaper and a set of chisels are a must.
Also invest in a power drill which can also double as a power screwdriver. Make sure it is reversible and has a variable speed. When you first start woodworking projects an electric saw isn’t essential, however it can save time and help make straighter cuts so if your budget will allow, buy a good quality circular saw and jigsaw. You will also need a bench with a vice to firmly grip any wood or other material you need to cut.
Tip 4: Making Best Use of Materials
As you begin your woodworking projects, you will accumulate more and more raw materials. You will always need nails and screws of different sizes, and good strong wood glue. If the woodworking plans specify a certain length of wood for the item you’re going to build, it might be just as economic to buy a larger piece and keep the off-cut for another job.
After a while you’ll be surprised at the amount of spare wood and other materials you’ll amass. Again, this is where adequate space comes in. If you don’t have a large working area to keep spare wood, you could store it in an attic or even perhaps ask a neighbor or family member if they would be willing to hold it for you.
Tip 5: Don’t Rush It
Lastly, don’t rush the work. Measure your wood twice and cut just once as it’s really easy to make a mistake. Above all, enjoy yourself and take pride when you complete your first woodworking project.
How Do You Get Started?
I’ve found that the best way to get started with any woodworking project is to follow proven step by step woodworking plans. Here at DiyWoodworkingTips.com we review several programs which have been created for those that want to be able to build great looking wood projects using proven plans that work.
You can learn more about them here:
- Teds Woodworking Plans (my personal favourite)
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