Woodworking as you will find is not a skill that you will learn over night, but is learned over years. At Allen's woodworking our goal is to help small and beginning woodworkers to make great projects in a small space,with woodworking projects and plans, how to videos, lessons on glazing cabinets, reviews on tools and links to suppliers. We have a page on Harbor Freight reviews. Along with a galley page that you can share pictures of your work and tips as well. We try to provide the resources you need to help with your woodworking projects and to aide new and beginning woodworkers to build up their skills. Woodworking is not just a job but a lifestyle. Don't forget to like us on Face Book
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The beginning woodworking guide, this will help you thru the different aspects of woodworking, with tips on buying tools and air compressors along with how to videos. We have a page with some of the wood joints that you need to know and be able to make. We would like to help you in all your woodworking needs.
Tips For Beginning Woodworking
When beginning woodworking most will tell you to start making small and simple projects, but I don't agree. I think you should learn and practice the art of joinery. You may ask what is joinery: Joinery is when you attach two pieces of wood together to function as one piece. There is not much you can make that does not require some kind of wood joint. Some of the joints are a must when woodworking. These are a few wood joints you need to learn about, butt joints, dado, miter, box joints, rabbets and pocket screws and the classic dove tails. These wood joints are used in many wood projects and you need to learn when and where to use them. Then go to Lowe's or home Depot and ask to see if they have any cull lumber or lumber that is damaged at a reduced price, 1x works best for practice. Once you have learned how to make a few joint, you can start on your small projects. Nothing more discouraging than finishing your first project and throw it away because of bad joints. I would suggest buying a book or two on wood joinery. It will be less than the cost of wood you will throw out. You can check out our JOINERY PAGE to help understand about these joints.
Tools For Beginning Woodworking
Before you buy any tools check out our Tool Buying Tips What tools should someone starting out in woodworking need? The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to build and how you plan on building it. A good first woodworking project is some type of box using one or more of the joints we talked about. Or try to make something with the tools you have, if you don’t have any woodworking tools, than it’s time to list some tools you are going to need. Regardless of what you choose, you’re going to need a good saw, its a little difficult to do woodworking with out one. I would suggest a small bench top table saw, see our Saw Reviews before you buy. After pricing a few and looking at some reviews, then decide if you want to use hand saw or a power saw or even a table saw. Then you need a good tape measure and a good square. Tip on the square get on from an office supplies, the plastic drafting square there easy to lay out and mark wood with and more accurate. Next you need to pick the tools you will need for the type of wood joints you’re going to use, If you seen our wood joinery page you should have an ideal of what tools you will need. Now what type of glue you’re going to use? I like to use Titebond, it’s a good yellow glue and bonds well I think you will like it, it comes in several grades so read the label to find one that will work for you. Now it’s time to clamp it up; this is one item you will need a lot of. There is a lot of styles and sizes to pick from, try to get ones that can be used for different projects that you want to do. But to start buy what you need for this project, you can build up as you go whatever tools you buy, always read the safety manual. So let’s recap, you need a saw, tape measure, square, tools to make the joint you want, glue, clamps (4 or more). Let’s not forget eye and hearing protection. The more you can do by hand the better you will be at woodworking you will become. Remember the skill is in the woodworker not the tools. If you have any questions feel free to send us an E-Mail
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