Once you have decided that woodworking is the hobby for you the next step is getting started. You will want to start building your first project, ideally you want to start with something simple. Simple woodworking projects could be making a bird house or building a dog house for your furry friend. This is the easiest way to get started and learn your way around the tools and wood used in projects. Here are some woodworking plans for the absolute beginner.
Tools and Wood
Woodworking covers everything from a simple table to a complex carving. As the projects get more complicated you will learn more about the various woodworking tools and the types of wood you can work with. You may start off with common pine or cedar and work your way up to more exotic and expensive woods. Most plans that are geared towards beginners will spell out exactly what tools you need and the type of wood recommended for the project. Take your time and learn, master carpenters take years to learn their trade. Don’t start buying a whole bunch of expensive tools before you are ready to use them.
This is the information age and woodworking hasn’t been left behind, there are thousands of sites on the internet where you can buy plans or even get some for free. If you prefer to read plans in your hands rather than on a computer screen then you can even check out your local bookstore they will have a large selection of books on wood working in the craft department. You can learn at your own pace starting out with beginner projects and working your way up to something far more complicated.
After you have tried a couple of projects and you get a feel for the type of wood and what sort of woodworking you prefer. Some people prefer to build furniture while others prefer to carve pieces of art. You may even want to seek out a local class where you can improve your skills. Do you have friends that enjoy woodworking? If so then they may be able to help you learn more about woodworking. They can even help you choose a suitable project for a beginner.
When you are first starting out don’t worry too much about how your projects turn out, instead focus on learning something from the experience and from your mistakes. Like any other skill, you will improve with practice.