So many useful things can be done when a person has experience with woodworking but it is a hobby that many fear because they think it is complicated or will require thousands of dollars worth of tools. This might keep a would-be woodworker from ever getting started. Here are some solid tips to begin.
Because of the tools being used for this hobby, it’s necessary to use some basic safety rules. Following these rules will help keep the beginner safe.
1. Safety equipment should always be worn. it is common for both a beginner and experienced woodworker to do work without safety glasses, earplugs, or gloves, but they shouldn’t. Any hobbyist could get away with doing their work without safety equipment a hundred times or even a thousand times, but it only takes once for them to wish that they had worn their safety equipment.
2. Never do this work while intoxicated. Sometimes when a person becomes intoxicated they suddenly get motivated to do some project they’ve been thinking about, but this is a mistake. Even if the person feels that they are not overly intoxicated, they should avoid doing this work. It might seem as though it’s harmless but why take the chance when it can be done sober.
3. Appropriate clothing should always be worn. Very often when someone is working a hobby at home, they are tempted to wear clothes that are inappropriate for the work that they are doing. But just like with eye protection and ear protection, wearing the right clothes is imperative to work safely.
4. Never change blades on equipment or do any work on equipment without first disconnecting the power source. It is so tempting to try and save an extra second or two by leaving it plugged in but this is an absolute No-No.
Avoid Buying Expensive Tools At First
Many projects can be done with basic tools and a beginner doesn’t need to buy all the latest and greatest tools out there. One of the most basic requirements of woodworking is the ability to drill holes. This can be done with a basic and relatively inexpensive cordless drill. A quick trip to the Supercenter can have the beginner walking out with just what they need.
Sanding is another of the basic skills that a beginner will need to be able to do. For as little as about $5 any beginner can get a hand sander. They may well want to upgrade after they have gained some experience but this is all they need in the beginning. At first, they should be doing small projects anyway which helps them to develop the basic skills and also allows them to complete projects so that they can gain the satisfaction of actually having done something with their newfound skills.
Starting with small projects and basic tools any beginner can easily complete some great woodworking projects. It is not as hard as it seems. In no time they will begin honing their skills and it will lead to bigger projects.