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Getting Started: DIY Woodworking and Furniture Making

Woodworking might seem complicated at first glance, but this is certainly not the case. It is a hobby that just about anyone could pick up and even excel at with the right design or set of plans. However, getting started isn't just a matter of getting the right supplies or design. For beginners, winging things simply won't work. You will need to get familiar with the different tools and techniques first, before diving into your first project.

Doing things this way would not only help you avoid allot of waste (of both time and supplies), it will also enable you to better appreciate the details of the process behind successful wookworking. After all, the result of your hard work is the cherry on top a cake, the real fun lies in the woodworking creation.

So, where and how to begin?

The very foundation of woodworking has to be the tools you'll be utilizing. Now, these need not be fancy! You can only have the basics and still be able to create pretty amazing furniture. To help you get started, here are some tips.

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Buy the Right Hand Tools

Find out which common woodworking tools you'll be needing in order to start. This would typically include hand planes, workbenches, hand saws and chisels. Other things you should have are the basics such as:

CLAW HAMMER. Comfort is key here and it would vary from one person to the next. It is recommended that you purchase one personally instead of online as getting a proper feel for the tool should help you decide better.

6" LAYOUT SQUARE. For beginners and advanced woodworkers alike, this is an invaluable tool for serves a number of different purposes. It allows for efficient and easy mark creation, especially if you want a perfect end cut. It can also be used to create marks for any type of angle, making sure that there are no crooked lines and helping you avoid mistakes. Of course, it's also handy for measuring different sides and angles for the project you're working on so always have one close by.

LEVEL. If you have a project that needs to be perfectly horizontal or vertical, a level will be very useful. You might find yourself using this a lot, actually. Have levels in two different sizes, at most. A short one and a long one should be enough for most projects.

SCREWDRIVERS. Always have a good variety of these on hand. Phillips and flathead varieties are the most versatile and you can also get these in a number of different sizes to accommodate all types of screw sizes. Some people might prefer electric versions, but nothing beats the classics.

Setup Your Workshop

A woodworking shop can be set up just about anywhere as long as there's enough space. The requirements are simple and also differ according to personal preferences. Even in smaller spaces, you'll be able to make it work by using just a bit of creativity.

For smaller spaces such as apartments or lofts, you can make do with re-purposing certain rooms and areas in your home. Just make sure there's enough area to move around in and keep it well ventilated.

Lighting is important! Natural works best, but if you're working at night, do avoid eyestrain and accidents by having a bright overhead light. For more focused work, a desk lamp should help you see the finer details of your project.

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