Beginning with this first episode, our video tutorials, related articles, and projects cover all the basics from choosing your first hand and power tools to setting up a workspace. We'll even get you started building your first projects. You can download free woodworking project plans for a handsome cutting board, a plywood workbench that you can build with just a few tools, and an elegant small box.
While you can purchase pre-surfaced lumber at your local home center, there are several benefits to buying rough-sawn lumber from a hardwood dealer and milling it to size in your shop. Rough-sawn lumber is typically less expensive than pre-surfaced lumber. And rough-sawn lumber can be milled to custom thickness giving you more flexibility with your woodworking designs. Check out this video for a detailed explanation on how lumber is cut and sold, including how to speak like a pro at the lumberyard and how to calculate a board foot.
Whatever type of sander you use, you’ll be using sandpaper. Most sandpaper is aluminum-oxide and comes in different grits. The grit is a measure how fine it is and will determine what you’re using it for. Grits typically range from about 20 to 1000, 20 being extremely course and 1000 being extremely fine. When sanding, if you have a lot of material to remove and really need to smooth things out, a low or course grit will be best. Once you’ve sanded with the coarse grit move to a finer grit, typically up around 200 for finishing.
If you don’t have a large space for dining, you can check this plan. This design from Instructables is very basic to make and can easily fit in your small space. However, it has the capacity for six people to sit together at the table. The cost depends on the type of lumber you are using; construction grade pine wood might cost around $50, and if you are using furniture grade lumber, it might cost approximately $120.
A good tool to get next is some sort of circular saw. A circular saw cuts a lot faster than a jigsaw, and it's easier to make a straighter cleaner cut with it. It's also a very useful tool for cutting up big sheets of plywood, even if you already have a table saw. At this point, you have enough tools for some simple projects such as this table or some storage shelving
I can't really make good recommendations as to what specific brands of tools are better than others. Most of my tools were opportunistic purchases, with relatively little regard to specific brands. More often than not, it's price and a quick inspection to gauge the solidity of the tool that are the determining factors. My tools are usually not among the best that can be had, but good enough.
By video tutorial, you will get step by step process instructions of making a nice wooden folding sling chair from scratch. However, my first wooden chair was not the best one, but it was good enough to motivate me to make some more folding chairs like this one. If I can make this, you too can make one yourself. You can browse the internet for more folding sling chairs ideas and start making one now.
There are also project books that provide fun new ideas to play with on the scrollsaw, and the fun is made even better when you’re being productive by making gifts at the same time. If you’re a carver, there are many project ideas available to you, as well. There are also Christmas projects for the woodturner. One popular idea is to make ornaments for your tree—or someone else’s. There are several books that will provide help specifically for making ornaments. You’ll find that woodturning allows an opportunity for endless creativity! You can find a variety of kits available, and then you can use whatever material you prefer to turn and then shape and finish any ornament you can imagine!