You can find inexpensive tools (and wood) at yard sales and on-line sites like The Freecycle Network or Craigslist; you can even put out a wanted ad for specific tools. eBay is a good source for tools as well.
You just need to be creative, and find projects that are within the scope of your ability; Just google “how to make a (insert wood project here) from scrap wood”. This works whether you are planning a birdhouse or a coat-rack.
I hope this inspires you to make the journey into the craft! Please post your progress and (shameless self promotion) keep reading The Chenkin Workshop
Woodworking is a craft that is non-exclusive, and inclusive; almost everyone can do it!
Tennessee six pack carrier with bottle opener, Great gift idea, made in the chenkin workshop. painting by Kathy.
Carpentry has a great breadth – from Birdhouses and signs to elaborate carvings, models, Home repairs and functional cabinets. Carpentry also is a means to acquire tools, videos, books, and friends who share their love of the craft and knowledge of how to make objects out of wood.
Carpentry also brings together metal working (signs, hooks, table legs, hinges)
Painting – finishes, stains, decals, more
Repair work and upgrades
Reading and how to books
And much more!
Fireplace mantle with marble trim, Custom built for a client, courtesy of The Chenkin workshop.
The best way to get started is to Build, fix, or plan a project. Pinterest has tons of ideas, if you need inspiration.
Based on what you want to build, you will need to get some tools.
Pallet wood jewelry holder. product of the chenkin Workshop, finishing by Kathy.
Before you know it, you are on your way!
Of course, I admit I am biased. Carpentry is a Great Hobby to start!
Should you ever need to build your own woodworkign machine, proceed safely and carefully! you may be dealing with sharp blades and fast spinning shafts!
We are fortunate to live in a time where you can buy affordable, safe, and efficient machines for almost any purpose, and making your own tools and machinery is something we may not have to deal with! Thank you for reading my blog! Feel free to share!