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Are you looking for something new to do? Are you a person who likes to work with your hands? If you do, try woodworking. A hobby can bring you joy and lower stress.

It is a creative craft that can help you improve your creativity and create practical pieces for your home.

You’ve come to the right place if you are interested in it but don’t know where you should start.

Let us cover what you need to know about woodworking.

Before you go on, you may want to check out this video by Olie Zelaya on YouTube that gives a quick overview. Afterward, you will want to read the rest of our article for a more comprehensive review.

Woodworking 101 Old Plank Woodworking

Woodworking is a productive skill. It involves creating usable and/or decorative things from wood by cutting, shaping, and joining pieces together.

There is more diversity now more than ever. Nowadays, it is not just a profession anymore. A lot of people enjoy the process of woodworking as an expression of creativity. Many people find it relaxing to just focus on the task at hand.

With woodworking, the basic concepts are simple to learn. You can work at your own pace and there is no pressure. You will enjoy the challenge if you enjoy problem solving and finding out how pieces of wood fit together.

It can be gratifying to see the finished work of your hands, especially when you can display them around in your home. At the end of the day, you get to see the hard work you put in.

Thanks to the growing online communities and the affordability of tools and materials, you have many sources to help you dive deep into woodworking.

When I first started, it was a fish out of water experience. I got here through a lot of trial and error. While everybody goes through that, a little boost from the internet and exposure to a network of woodworking communities is always appreciated.

Don’t let me scare you off. Woodworking can seem intimidating to beginners. But trust me, with the best knowledge and tips, it can be a delightful experience.

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Here are some things to help you have a smooth sailing journey:

Workspace

Let’s start with the basics. To do some woodworking, you’d need a workspace. People think of their garage or basement as the best place to create a workspace. While these are great options, consider the following: is it safe? You can’t work in an area that has unstable surfaces. A place with many unfixed electric cords can be a tripping hazard. Lack of adequate ventilation also will not work.

Another thing to consider: is the place large enough for you to work in? In an ideal scenario, you’d have a large enough workspace where you can create noise without disturbing other house inhabitants (and maybe neighbors too!)

Having a permanent workspace is a fantastic idea. You don’t need to prepare your power tools or other machinery each time you set up work.

It doesn’t take much space to set up a workspace. Since I live in a small apartment home, I chose to set it up in the backyard. A pair of sawhorses, a plywood board and some other tools make for a great workspace.

Over time, you learn how to optimize the space you have to fit your tasks.

Measuring

The tape measure is a must-have tool for woodworking. You may have all the finest cutting tools available, but if you can’t precisely cut wood pieces according to your project needs, your project parts end up fitting like a cheap suit. It is a hit or miss. Sometimes, it looks fine from afar but close-up leaves much to be desired. Other times, it’s an ill-fitting piece.

Accurate measurements are the first step to accurate execution. It is not a good idea to waste days on labor just to get a disappointing result. Practice with a tape measure. You will rarely get exact measurements like 7 1/2 inches or 7 1/4 inches. It is possible to get fractions of the number, or even an eighth of it.

Tape measures usually come in lengths ranging from 10ft to 25ft. A 16ft tape measure is sufficient to cover all bases for beginners.

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Wood Types and Dimensions

There’s a lot to cover about different types of wood, but you get to learn them along the way as you work through other pieces. Broadly, wood is classified into two: hardwood and softwood. Each wood species has its own quality that is suited to particular wooden products or furniture.

The wood dimension is another important thing to remember. Hardwood lumber is usually measured in quarter sizes. The boards can be purchased in 1/4 inch increments.

Wood dimensions are expressed as 2×12, 1×2. Knowing proper dimensions come in handy when it comes to purchasing wood from the store. This will help you to read and build woodworking plans, find lumber, and calculate the general dimensions for your project.

For your DIY projects, you may find yourself working with hardwood like mahogany or oak. Other times, softwood like pine and cedar is preferred. Ted’s Woodworking has detailed woodworking plans that include information on wood types and how to construct the projects. It will make it easy to know where to start.

Straight Wood Selection

When you are picking out wood for your project make sure it is straight. Straight Wood just makes the project simpler and easier compared to bowed or warped wood.

While it may take time picking through the piles of wood at the store, it makes a huge difference when you start the process.

Now, it may seem at first glance that a board looks straight. But even milled lumber has its flaws that can give you headaches when your start working.

You can hold the board in front of you, one end facing down, and then look down at it. This method will allow you to see if it is bowing at all.

When you have chosen your wood, leave them at full thickness until you are ready to use them. Keep in mind that temperature and humidity can affect lumber storage. Keep them in a way that accounts for it to prevent warping, twisting, or bowing.

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Must-Have Tools

Woodworking is a bit like going back to school. You would have to learn how to select the suitable materials to use, cut said materials, fit them and glue them together to make your idealized project a reality.

Now, there are a few tools that are essential when it comes to woodworking projects. The tools you need will depend on how large your project is and what your level of skill. To get started, I recommend a basic toolkit and some power tools. This includes a drill, hammer, drill press and drill bit sharpeners. It also includes nails, miter saws, clamps, sanders, and a drill bit. Old Plank Woodworking

I’m sure there is a great variety of manual hand tools and power tools at various price ranges. It can be expensive and overwhelming to try all of them. It doesn’t mean you have to purchase everything right away. Before you buy more advanced tools, take the time to become familiar with the basics. In this way, your learning process becomes more effective and less costly.

Take advantage of some how-to videos made available on YouTube, and make sure to thoroughly review the tool manual and safety guide for your own tools.

Smooth Wood

Wood is a very versatile material for building all sorts of things. It is important for beginners to learn how to sand wood surfaces before they start a project. Sanding wood can seem tedious and boring. Sanding wood gives it a polished look. Choosing to sand your pieces or not matters when it comes to the time to stain, paint, or finish your wood. Old Plank Woodworking

It is quite common to find cracks, chips, or splinters after butting your wood. You will need to sand and smoothen the wood as much as you can. Continue sanding until you have removed all visible imperfections, such as dents, gouges and deep scratches. You can do this manually or with a machine. You may also use both.

You can smoothen the wood’s surface by manually sanding it with something like sandpaper. It is possible to reach difficult-to-reach areas that would otherwise be impossible with a machine. You have the advantage of working faster and getting results quicker if you use a power tool such as a belt sander (or an oscillating handheld sander). Remember to sand with the grain. It is difficult to see imperfections like scratches if they are parallel to the grain. It becomes much more obvious if the imperfections are against the grain, especially after staining.

Take the time to find out which method appeals to you more. I prefer to sand the majority of my wood while it is still whole. Doing away with the more tedious parts of my woodworking process helps me streamline my work more.

Once the wood is all smoothed out, pick out a stain or paint color you’d like to use. Have a go at it and enjoy!

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Final Thoughts Old Plank Woodworking

When it comes to woodworking, it can be messy, loud, and time-consuming. You could also say the same for many other hobbies. It is possible to adapt your hobby the more you do it.

Don’t be too pressured when you start a project. Always remember your basics, and you will be fine. It is not easy. But, you will get better at it. Enjoy the process as you build familiarity with your tools and experience. You will eventually find yourself seeking out more difficult builds.

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