How to start small woodworking projects with woodworking plans

One major problem for who begins woodworking projects is, how and where to start, what tools we need or how to use the machines…

To help woodworking beginners on this world, i let you with these 2 articles:

Beginning woodworking

A question I get asked from time to time is how to get into woodworking, what tools I would recommend, and where to start.


I can't really make good recommendations as to what specific brands of tools are better than others. Most of my tools were opportunistic purchases, with relatively little regard to specific brands. More often than not, it's price and a quick inspection to gauge the solidity of the tool that are the determining factors. My tools are usually not among the best that can be had, but good enough.

Where to start?

But where to start with woodworking? What machines do you need? My suggestion is that you should start by doing some woodworking, and only after that start buying big equipment.


I don't mean that entirely literally. But I think it's best if you buy just a few tools and start using those. As you get more comfortable with what you have, it becomes easier to understand what tools you should get next. It also reduces the risk of buying a workshop full of tools only to find out that you aren't really into woodworking.

Start by getting a few hand tools – a hammer, screwdrivers, nails, a few chisels, a hack saw, a try square, some sort of work table, and some clamps.

jigsaw, drillYour first power tools should probably be a drill and a jigsaw. Those are tools that come in handy here and there, even if you are not into woodworking. You won't be able to make any fine furniture with them, but it's enough to bang together a few projects for the basement or outside.

There are different grades of tools available at different prices. Salesmen will probably tell you to get good quality tools that last a lifetime. But the price difference between a cheap tool and a good quality tool can easily be a factor of four. My advice is to get cheap tools first and use them until they break. Once they break, it's time to consider getting something better. But unless you are a professional who uses the tools every day, even a cheap tool is likely to last a long time.



skillsawA good tool to get next is some sort of circular saw. A circular saw cuts a lot faster than a jigsaw, and it's easier to make a straighter cleaner cut with it. It's also a very useful tool for cutting up big sheets of plywood, even if you already have a table saw. At this point, you have enough tools for some simple projects such as this table or some storage shelving

You should consider getting a hand plane or two at this point, and maybe a workbench with a vise on it. It may be a good challenge to build a workbench while you are at it. 

With just the tools mentioned above, you can already tackle some basic projects, such as these:


Getting into stationary machines

You can get a lot of hand-held power tools, but after getting the assortment mentioned above, it's probably time to start looking at getting some stationary tools.


The most useful stationary tools are a drill press and a table saw. For the longest time, I only had a cheap old contractor saw, and only a very small drill press, but I made do with those. The difference between a good drill press and a cheap drill press is much smaller than the difference between a cheap drill press and no drill press, so don't wait until you can afford the perfect one.



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Simple Woodworking Plans – A Great Way for Beginners to Start Easy Woodworking Projects

Over the past few years the global financial crisis has meant many of us have had to stretch our budgets to make ends meet. Unfortunately as we are struggling to put food on the table and pay our utility bills, discretionary spending is even more difficult. So we are really looking for value for money in all non-essential spending in order to make those $'s go further.


It is not difficult to see then why so many people are taking up the age-old art of wood working. Men, and women are spending their spare time in sheds routing, nailing and gluing together beautiful pieces of handmade furniture.

As woodworking is also a hobby it has been a saving grace for many families as it has not only enabled many householders to build furniture and household items they wouldn't otherwise have had, it has also provided a creative outlet for many folk. Woodworking has enabled people to work with their hands and in many cases has provided them with an opportunity to learn new skills and produce something beautiful and lasting.

If you decide to take up woodworking there are a few things you will need to think about. Firstly you will need a place as your workshop. Whilst you can use a temporary space such as a spare room or by moving the cars out of the garage, if you become serious about this hobby you will need a permanent space in which you can use as a workspace. You may already have a shed or a workshop or you may be able to use your basement. Perhaps there is a neighbour or friend who can let you use some space for a while, and although it might sound ambitious, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that you build a shed as your first project….


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