Woodworking is a trendy hobby, with its demand exploding in 2020 when a large part of the population was home and had the time to tackle new hobbies. Despite the high prices of lumber, woodworkers and woodworking enthusiasts spend their hard-earned money on lumber and tools to create their projects.
This is no surprise because there is something special about taking a piece of wood and turning it into something functional and beautiful. The feeling of achievement when you walk into a room and see the furniture or the project you built with your hands is unparalleled.
If you have been thinking about diving into the
Woodworking Tools You Need
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to make a considerable investment or space commitment to start building your wood projects. You need a
To join boards, you can use a
Picking the Right Wood and Boards
One of the critical factors in the success of a woodworking project is the lumber you start with, and it is essential to learn
The type of wood you use will depend on the location of the final project and the look you are going for. Cedar and redwood are great for outdoor projects. If the project will be in contact with the ground, you can use pressure-treated lumber. However, with pressure-treated lumber, you must take adequate precautions not to inhale while cutting.
You can use almost any wood for indoor projects – pine, maple, walnut, birch, poplar, cedar, and redwood. The final choice will depend on your preference for color, grain, and stained vs. painted.
You can buy lumber for projects at any home improvement store or lumber yard. Home improvement stores are a great starting point because they are less intimidating to beginners.
However, you must carefully examine each board as you pick them out. Boards can have various defects and deformities, such as bowing, warping, cupping, knots, cracks, etc.
To check for physical deformities, look down on a board like you would look down on an arrow on a bow. Repeat on all four sides. If you see that the board bends at any point, you should not get that board. Don’t be afraid to dig into the pile of boards in the lumber aisle until you find the one you are looking for. Starting with straight boards will make the projects easier to build.
Safety is the highest priority when working with power tools and wood in the workshop. Always wear
Always think about the action you are about to perform. If it feels awkward or unsafe, take a step back, rethink, and make appropriate adjustments before attempting the procedure.
Beginner Woodworking Project Ideas
Woodworking – like any other skill, is learned step by step. The best way to start building wood projects is to start with small projects that use a couple of tools and slowly add more tools and techniques to each following project. Developing your skills will make you more confident and enjoy your hobby.
Here are a few simple
1. Simple Shelf
You can build a
Building the shelf will help you practice measuring, cutting, and drilling wood. You can also experiment with different finishes to match your decor.
2. Serving Tray
Serving trays are both practical and make
3. Cutting Board
4. Wood Coasters
Just like wood cutting boards, coasters can be pretty straightforward to make. These projects are small and quick, making them great projects for beginners. Use wood offcuts to make slatted wood coasters like the IKEA STRANDFLOKA coasters. Tie a set of 6 in with ribbons, and they’ll make a neat housewarming gift.
5. Picture Frame
7. Small Table
Once you build these simple projects, you can explore and add complexities to your builds – like drawers, doors, angled or curved features, and more.
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