What is the best way for a new beginner to get into woodworking without having to spend a fortune on tools, books, materials, etc?
There are a couple of really good things that you can do as a beginner to help get yourself into woodworking. First, you can buy some books. Second, you can pick your first project.
As a lover of books, and a writer of books, I always recommend that new woodworkers start by buying some books. Many times, the perception of what woodworkers do is a little bit different than the reality of what they do. A good book can reveal that.
Once you get through your first book, and like what you see, you can buy another book, or two, and start the academic side of learning about woodworking.
The next thing that I recommend for beginners all the time is to tie your success in woodworking to your success in another area. This means, pick out a project that you really want, and that you know you’ll have to learn woodworking in order to create.
For example, let’s say you really love chess, and you want to learn how to make a chessboard with all the pieces. Learning woodworking while making that chessboard gives you two things to hope for at the same time.
This also ties your success together in both areas, and when you are successful at woodworking, you’ll create a chessboard that will also make you happy in that area.
The other thing that knowing your project up front will do for you is help you when it comes to making decisions about what to buy. If you’re making a chessboard, you won’t end up buying a lathe on accident and regretting that you spent the money.
Your project will help dictate a lot of early woodworking questions that tend to slow down people that don’t know exactly what they want to make.
If your goal is simply to be a woodworker, it will be very hard to do without knowing what projects you want to make. It will be hard to know what tools to buy, what you need, and what books to read.
Instead, come up with at least a general idea of the type of projects that you want to make, and they will make a lot of the rest of your decisions much easier.
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