Category Archives: Getting Started

My “Naked Woodworker” Bench

Work on the garage finally reached a point where I could start work on assembling my workshop. As mentioned in the last post, I put together my father’s workbench. Last Saturday I also purchased the lumber and began work on … Continue reading

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Link to “Perpetual Beginner Mentality”

Originally posted on HILLBILLY DAIKU:
The following is written for those of you, like myself, who are amature/hobbiest woodworkers. ?We just want to build things with wood and enjoy the process as well as the result. ? In days gone…

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Get Off to a Bad Start

A common refrain has been jumping out at me lately while reading woodworking articles and blogs. Concerns about getting a project “right,” and how that concern has prevented people from working on things. There are good, rich-creative moments for all … Continue reading

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The Beginner’s List

My beginner’s tool list: Workbench Panel cross-cut saw Two back saws, one rip, one cross-cut Stanley No. 5 Jack plane, or non-Stanley equivalent One 3/4″ chisel One 1/4″ mortise chisel [edit: go with a 3/8″ not 1/4″] A Mallet Two … Continue reading

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And next, a Shaker Dog Food Bowl Stand

After considering what to take on next, hearing a lot of great input from people, I’ve decided to do something completely different. In my mind, this is more of an interim project. It’s something I planned on doing all along, … Continue reading

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The Essential Woodworker by Robert Wearing

I have spoken quite a bit to anyone that cared to listen about how easily frustrated you can get trying to learn this craft on your own. I’ve gone on about how what is out there on television, in magazines, … Continue reading

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The Woodworking DVD We Need

Thinking about DVD’s in anticipation of the Build a Campaign Chair release, and still mulling over how we learn from mistakes, I know what I want some of our master woodworkers to do for us beginners. I want a DVD … Continue reading

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(Before) My First Project: Getting Started

I was mulling it over, thinking I might enjoy woodworking for a couple years before I got started. I can’t remember who I mentioned it to, but they said to me that the first thing I’d need was a bench. … Continue reading

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So you want to start woodworking? (version 1)

This is the first version of a short piece I imagine myself writing over and over again, as I learn more myself and find new material. It is essentially what I wish I had been able to read before I … Continue reading

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