Welcome,

Long time woodworking enthusiasts. There is no better way to share the craft then to share it with others. The best way to learn a craft is to teach it to others. Therefore, taking the time to teach others the beautiful world of wood working is a passion.

A love of woodworking does not start at birth. You have to be able to see the beauty of wood and want to turn it into something that is even more beautiful. Sometimes this may begin with a birdhouse that you build with your parents help as a child. Other times, it may not begin until you are grown and want to build cabinets or something for your home. Regardless of when you discover that you have a love of wood and building; there seems to be a natural progression of wood working, which begins with your first finished project. From there, the sky is your only limit beyond discovering the tools that work best for you.

Beginner Wood Working

Most people start off easy. They start with a hammer, a few nails, a screwdriver, a measuring tape, and perhaps a saw. They practice their cuts, they may use wood burners or Dremel. They may have stain or paint so that bring out the true beauty of their finished product. Whether creating a bird house, a simple shelf, or a toy to play with; it ignites a love of woodworking that will not fade. Then, they must decide whether they want to stick with the basics or invest in power tools and a shop where they can work on even more projects.

The Intermediate Wood Worker

As someone who has had practice with woodworking, your projects will increase in complexity as well as size. You may create cabinets with doors, jewelry boxes, and other things that take a variety of cuts and a lot of time to assemble. This also means that you will want more powerful tools to help you get the projects completed. Jigsaws, electric drills, staple guns, sanders, air hammers, and other tools will be on your purchase list; if you haven’t already purchased them all. Your goal will be to create things that people want for you to build for them. All of these tools will take practice if you want to be able to use them effectively, but most are simple to figure out.

Professional Level Woodworking

A professional woodworker is someone that is good enough with all their tools to make money off their projects. They may build houses and a variety of very large projects, as well as smaller projects that are done very well. They may create things that other people cannot imagine making, perhaps wooden statues and other stuff. They may be craft projects that awe others or closet shelves that are accurately measured out. They are the extreme woodworkers. They have practiced how to cut with a table saw and have mastered their cuts. They can cut with jigsaws and have a working knowledge of all tools within their shop. Many will have also upgraded their tools so that they would be able to do more with them.

Once you reach this level in woodworking, you can create anything that you want to create. You can take on projects that most people would think were too difficult and you can make a career out of doing what you love the most

 

Shop Setup

When creating a woodworking shop, you have a lot of things to consider. One of the biggest things is whether you have enough room for all of your tools, but this is not the only consideration. You also need room to work and ways to store things that are not being used at that time. This could easily mean that you may need to have a little help with shop setup if it is a new shop for you.

Choose the Right Tools

The tools you have on hand will determine the amount of space that you need. A generator, a table saw, and a tool box for hand tools will most likely be some of the largest things you have in it, but you may also want to have a worktable that is large enough for you to work on. In most cases, people spend a lot of time at their workbench and use it for a variety of things. Smaller is not always better in a work bench, but it depends mostly on the types of woodworking you hope to do.

For some people, basic tools are enough for their shop to have. Others, who want to tackle more projects or do more with the wood that they enjoy building with, need more tools. If you think about the must haves for a workshop you may consider a miter saw, a band saw, a drill press, a planer, a jointer, and a jig saw along with electric drills, air hammers, and other tools.

Everything in Its Place

Considering how large all of these tools are, you may not want to move them out of the way every time you start working on a project. Therefore, you should have enough space for everything and room to move around on all of the important sides of your tools. Storage areas or shelves will help you keep everything that can be put up when not in use out of the way. Beyond that, you need to focus on the safety and functionality of your workshop.

Increase the Functionality of Your Workshop

Most every woodworking shop will end up with saw dust flying at one time or another. You can lessen the risk of this happening if you have a dust collection system. By collecting dust before it ends up on your floor, you will not have to worry as much about the air you are breathing within your shop. It will also ensure that there is less risk of sparks igniting, people slipping on the floor, or you losing that handy little tool that you use on virtually all your woodworking projects. It will keep the shop cleaner as an added bonus. If you have a potential customer coming in to see the projects you have completed, your shop will look more appealing to them and you will feel better about showing off where you work. Best of all, a dust collection system is something that is included on some saws, but if it does not come with yours; you can add it or consider a true dust collecting system as a part of your shop setup.