The secret is “Build Something”.
The first time you anything the results may not be “perfect”, but the pride in building your own tables, cabinets, toys, signs, etc. far outweigh the effort! As your skills continue to improve, you will be able to take on more elaborate projects. Many questions you have can be answered on youtube videos or asking an “old-timer” like me.
Professional tools are nice, but when you are starting out, basic tools are good, and you can replace with better ones as you go along. You can also give any old tools to your kids as you upgrade to better equipment (just make sure they are supervised). Here are some basic tool sets:
Next time you need a cabinet, step stool, or shelves, get some woodworking plans and get out your tools! You may also want to volunteer for groups like habitat for humanity where you can learn basic carpentry skills. I have done it and enjoyed it a lot. If you just need something small, and don’t have a place to cut up the wood – here are wood project kits you can build:
Precut wood project kits on Amazon
Precut wood project kits on EBay
If you really enjoy woodworking, and want to turn it into a serious hobby, here are some Woodworking plans and ideas:
Ted McGrath’s 16,000 woodworking plans!
Best of luck with your Woodworking projects! Post pictures of your work so we can enjoy it too! -Alan
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