Get Started on Woodworking With This 6 Amazing Tips!

For every beginner out there, I think there are six tips they absolutely must know to get started. I’m going to discuss each and every one of them in the easiest way possible for you to understand and see that woodworking is really awesome. This is a very good guide for any newbie.

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Tip 1 – Understand Species And Lumber Dimensions

I think you must know that there are TONS of types of wood species. They are normally divided into two categories. The hardwoods are the maple, oak, mahogany, birch, walnut, cherry, etc. As for the softwoods we can mention the cedar, fir, spruce and pine, for example. You will commonly find in DIYs the pine wood type, because it is affordable, easy to find and there are many options of sizes for you to choose. This type of wood is the ideal one for beginners.

After, you need to really understand the lumber dimensions such as 1×2 or 2×12, they are very important. If you are familiar with them, you can understand and read woodworking build plans more easily, and it will also assist you while shopping for lumber and understand the general measurements for your projects.

Tip 2 –  Find Out A Simple Setup For Your Woodworking Space

To get started you won’t need a fancy or outstanding garage or workshop. To be honest with you I actually never had one of those (but I do dream of having one). In our backyard we set up a temporary workshop table with a pair of plywood board and sawhorses from the home improvement. That is what we usually do. If you live in an apartment you can do your work in the ground, you can even use the plywood board and sawhorses in there as well.

Tip 3 –   If You Can Use Straight Wood Boards, PLEASE DO!

When you go shopping for them, try to pick the straightest ones and avoid warped or bowed boards as well. This requires you to do a little deep digging through the wood pile, but it’s worth it! Your project will end up looking much better and will save you a lot of headaches.

But you have to be really picky on this, because most of the times there are woods that seems to be straight at a first glance when in fact they are bowed or has some warping that isn’t always obvious. The gold tip here is to hold the board up towards your face with the end of it pointed to the ground. Once you do that, look at it at a downward angle. This method allows you to be 100{6fd5cb78b5e4646521660ce4c812fed12472237ca167065a5d93c51756f50529} sure and see if it is bowing at all.

However, don’t go out there thinking you will find PERFECT boards, there is no such thing. Just pick the straightest one and you will be ready to go. You can also check out the lumber selection at your local lumber yard for more selections and better pricing too!

Tip 4 – Sand Wood

You need to know how to sand your wood surface. This makes a giant difference when it comes to finish your wood, stain or paint it. There are many methods that you can use, but sanding the wood is the most important and significant step (there is tons of YouTube videos about that as well).

Once your wood has been sanded, you can start picking out a stain or paint color for your woodworking project.

Tip 5 – Learn How To Read A Tape Measure To Improve Your Woodworking

 I know you might think this is a simple one but it’s really not, just hear me out. Usually, you will need to have the EXACT measures in woodworking so you can do your cuts in the right spot, and normally the numbers are 15 5/8 inches or 15 9/16 inches (so they are exact and easy to find). So, if you know how to read a tape measure you are already one step ahead and if you don’t, don’t worry, you can start learning right now.

Tip 6 – Learn How to Use A Few Essential Tools in Woodworking

 There are many types of tools available for you to use that. There are many types of tools available for use and knowing which one you should have and how to use it can be, besides difficult, expensive. However, once you learn the basics about the essential ones, it’s going to be much easier for you to know the others and start your projects.

One way to learn is from tutorials videos on YouTube, they can come really handy. This method works for power tools as well.  There are lots of videos on specific tool models too. So, watch a few how-to videos but don’t forget to review the tool manual and safety guide for your own tools. Then, go ahead and try the tool out yourself and start using it!

I hope these tips can help you out and hopefully you are going to love woodworking as much as I do. In the beginning is kind of hard because there are tons of information, but once you go through this part it’s very enjoyable!

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