You are all excited about taking up woodwork projects and looking forward to the day when you would lay your hands on the woodworking tools. But, as a beginner, how can you make sure that that the DIY woodwork projects that you have short listed, are indeed the right ones for you? Here are some expert tips aimed to put you on the right track:
1. Select projects designed for beginners: All woodworking projects and plans would tell you right at the beginning, about the kind of skill that is expected to undertake the woodwork projects: beginner, intermediate or advanced. However when you are buying online, it may not always be possible to look at the contents and instructions contained within a book. To overcome this problem, try and read a review of the book. Comments and reviews left by previous users may give you vital clues whether the plans contained in the book are indeed suitable for beginners like you. Not only do you have to admit your limitations but you also have to beware of false claims made by many books, which say that they are for beginners but inside, it is a different story!
2. Do you speak the same language as the book? Do you think you can make any sense from DIY woodworking plans written in a language which you do not understand, like German or Japanese? If English is your language, you need to lay your hands on a project design which is written in English! To find the right woodshop projects, written in the language you know best, rely on the internet. There are endless opportunities to download plans from the net.
3. Make sure that the prints of the reading material are legible: You could end up with some avoidable disasters if you have problems differentiating 3 from 6 or 8!
4. Does the woodworking books inform you about the tools needed for the woodwork projects? Some presume that even beginners ‘know’ about the tools that are required. Not only should you look for a complete list of tools needed but the book that recommends the use of minimal tools and equipment could be better for a beginner like you. Books that tell you to procure large saws, routers or saws with miter cuts could make things complicated.
5. It is not necessary to spend a fortune on tools and equipment. You could go on adding tools as you progress with your skill over time.
6. You also have to make sure that all measurements given in the project design are accurate and precise. There are several woodworking furniture projects plans which are filled with incomplete instructions and measurements. Here too, the creators presume that you might know about these things.
Once you have followed the tips given above, chances are that you would be all set to start on your journey, with the knowledge and awareness of a master craftsman!