Woodworking Tips And Advice – When I was a child, my grandfather had a workshop in his basement. Over the years my interest in woodworking didn’t go unnoticed by him as he’d often see me hanging out by the top of the stairs. One day to my surprise, he gave me some wood, tools, hardware and a green light to create whatever I wanted. Because of these experiences growing up, I’ve had a love of woodworking and artisan crafts for as long as I can remember. Below are a few tips to help any wood working hobbyist get started with this truly timeless and rewarding art.
Firstly, you’ll want to be sure all of your tools and hardware are not within reach of children. Keep them in a safe location. Secondly, while tools are naturally designed for wear and tear, you’ll want to store your woodworking tools in a place free from moisture and other elements. Exposure to moisture can drastically reduce the lifespan of your tool. Follow this simple rule and your tools will last a long time. If you treat your tools right, they’ll treat you right.
Woodworking can seem a little intimidating at first to those who are new to the skill. It was for me initially. Fortunately, there are many woodworking tips and resources, both on and offline that will help you get comfortable. Sign up for a woodworking or shop class at a local school. You can definitely teach yourself a lot about woodworking, but there’s nothing better than hands-on learning from a professional. You’ll pick up important skills much more quickly, and you’ll make a lot of great friends along the way. After all, the journey is far more rewarding than the destination. If there aren’t any available classes in your area, you can make use of the countless Youtube videos that provide clear instruction and tutorials on almost any woodworking topic.
There are certain tools that a woodworker should have with him/her at all times.
- Claw Hammer
- Tape Measure
- Utility Knife
- Layout Square
Woodworking Tips And Advice
One thing I’ve found very helpful is having a way to pick up loose screws or nails that have fallen to the ground. A standard magnet will definitely do the job. But if you want to get real fancy with it, you can pick up a magnetic telescopic flashlight that will not only pick up screws and nails but help you locate them in the first place.
Woodworking has been a tremendous blessing to me not only because I can appreciate the cool things that I’ve made over the decades. Rather, it’s given me a sense of peace and relaxation at the most needed times. For me personally, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh sawdust and the sound of a circular saw to instantly bring me to a happy place. For those reasons, there will always be a love of woodworking in me.
If you can take your love of working with wood and pass it on to your kids, you will imbue them with skills and an appreciation of the art that will last a lifetime. Use these woodworking tips to give them the right advice when it comes to embarking on their woodworking journey. This will ensure that they are able to keep this hobby going well into adulthood. I’m a living example of that.