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Ten Advanced Ways To Learn Woodworking
Learning a woodworking or any new hobby does not have to be an exasperating experience. With the availability of the Internet, you can learn much quicker and much faster than ever before. This article is going to give you some great tips on how to accelerate your learning quicker than you ever thought possible. The reason being is a great list of resources will be included to help you along. You should find these tips invaluable. 1.
Learning by watching and learning by reading are the easiest ways to learn something new. If you can read and watch video you can pick up something quickly without much help and there is tons of material available today. There are a ton of books and some really good TV shows that can inspire you and show you how to make a special project for your home. I remember watching The New Yankee workshop and got inspired to build my first project. After that I was hooked because I was encouraged.
Several great shows on TV include the New Yankee Workshop (PBS) The Router Workshop, Woodworks, and DIY to name a few. 2. Obviously if you have a friend that is into woodworking you can learn a ton from them. Basic shop set up and having someone help you through some of the basics is very valuable. If you don’t have a friend that shares this hobby you can always find some by going to your local woodworking store. A good one that has an active community is woodcraft. Some stores actually have a small shop in which you can take lessons and come in and build your own projects. Looking up woodworking clubs on the Internet for your town specific is also very helpful. Make sure you use the quotations effectively. For example you would put into Google: woodworking clubs “Florida” (substitute your town) 3.
One of the newest methods to get some great ideas is to try you tube. They have tons of topics besides the ones that most people go there for. They also have woodworking videos and they are all for free. You can get a great feel for working in the shop and be inspired at the same time. Its free research and its free. 4. There are several websites in which you can get help once you start a project. There is nothing worse than feeling alone when you hit a roadblock. A lot of the forums are set up so that you can ask a question and get an answer. Some of the subject matters are very specific such as: • I am new to woodworking • I need help • Power tools • Woodturning • Hand tools • Home Improvement • Project specifics • Jigs, tricks and good ideas • Furniture • Hardware • Fastening and joinery • Dust Collection • Etc Good forums are easy to find, all you need to do is type in Woodworking forums into your favorite search engine and you will find as many as you have time for.
5. Plans Using plans is a great way to get started. You do not have to any engineering to be successful. All you have to do is to follow the directions and cut the wood to a cut diagram that is included. They usually tell you all the materials you need, what kind of tools you need to have and where to get the additional hardware if needed. Plans can be found all over the Internet. Prices can be as low as $5.00 to around $20 for detailed advanced plans. Again search for woodworking plans using your favorite search engine. 6.
Buying the basic tools. There are few tools you will need if you don’t want to stop dead in your tracks in the middle of a project when you find out you need something you do not have. I would suggest an entry level table saw, (bench top model) a cordless drill, (drill press if you can afford it) a router table and a miter saw. If you upgrade your table saw you can get away with not buying the miter saw. This may sound like a lot but you will have a ton of possibilities with this basic set. If you are not sure you want to sink the money into the purchase, you could by the tools used and if you do not want to stay in the hobby you can resell them. My favorite two places are Ebay and Craigslist. Craigslist is like an online classified ad site for your area specific. People buy and sell stuff everyday and its free.
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