Woodworking is something that anyone can learn, regardless of experience. But if you’re new to woodworking or a total beginner, you may find some of the resources above to be a bit intimidating. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be that way. You just have to be open to some experimentation and want to learn as much as you can before going at it solo.
The parts listed below will help you get a starting point that is cheap, easy to use, and straightforward. They don’t require you to know a lot about woodworking in order to benefit from them. If you’ve got a lot of experience and some patience, you can enjoy woodworking for a long time to come.
Find an Educated Expert to Help You
Choosing a woodworker or learning from a professional can be a lot of fun, but it also carries a certain level of risk. Sometimes, you won’t find the advice or instruction that you need to complete a project, and there are certainly projects that you could do that would be a lot easier without instruction.
Plus, it’s expensive. And depending on the kind of projects you’re working on, you could end up spending a lot of money to see things done properly.
That’s why we have the Internet. And we found a great way to learn from an expert that is safe and cost-effective to boot. We asked the experts at Entrepreneur what the best and cheapest online resources are for learning how to build things with wood. Check out the list below for great tools and resources for your first woodworking project.
The Woodworker’s Journal Podcast
The Woodworker’s Journal has a regular podcast on the topic of woodworking and is always at the top of the Google search for woodworking instruction. The podcast is hosted by Amy Nygren, a woodworker and experienced teacher. It covers a wide range of topics, from lessons in building furniture to lessons in woodworking with the CNC machine.
You can subscribe to The Woodworker’s Journal podcast through iTunes, Stitcher, or other podcast services, or you can listen on-demand at TheWoodworker.com.
We mentioned that there are a lot of resources online for beginners looking to learn woodworking. But a lot of the beginner woodworking websites are geared towards very specific needs. And while some beginners may find that they can use some of these resources, some others would be better for more advanced woodworkers and woodworkers-in-training.
One of the best beginner woodworking websites is WoodworkingJobs.com. If you’re looking for woodworking jobs, this is an excellent resource. WoodworkingJobs.com collects a number of job postings from the major job sites. It doesn’t list specific responsibilities for the positions, but you can typically expect the jobs to be around $15 to $25 per hour for apprenticeships, and $25 to $35 per hour for experienced tradespeople.
There are a number of different categories for jobs, including retail woodworking, carpentry, and other occupations.
Woodworking Videos on YouTube
When it comes to videos on YouTube, there are probably a lot of videos about how to assemble Ikea furniture or how to miter a door frame. But some of the most useful videos are about how to build a planter, a cool piece of furniture with a built-in cutting board, or a bookcase.
There are dozens of woodworking videos on YouTube that range from “How to build a birdhouse” to “How to carve a cactus” and everything in between. The good thing about many of these videos is that you can follow along as you learn from someone who has done it before, and you can pay to download the videos as they become available.
There are lots of benefits to having access to videos on YouTube that show you how to build things. Some of these videos also show you how to build a certain type of object, such as a tool holder, and you can modify the instructions to make it a custom project for your needs.
Building and Design Shop
If you’re willing to spend a little more money, the Building and Design Shop is a great resource for how-to videos and tutorials about working with wood. It’s run by SmithyWorks, which is the same company that runs SmithyWorks.com, which is another website that collects and makes available a lot of woodworking videos for free.
Once you register for a free membership, you can learn and teach yourself how to do the various tasks of making beautiful things with wood. You can start by watching the videos, and then practice in the interactive lessons on the site. The site has its own shop section that features a wide selection of tools and products that you can buy and learn how to use.
Build It Woodworking
The Build It Woodworking website has a ton of really interesting woodworking videos, both how-to and instructional, covering many different topics. For example, you can learn how to assemble a library shelving unit, a shelf system, or a table, among other things.
Another useful video might be about making an ironing board stand or a wooden coffee table.
Another nice thing about the site is that it allows you to watch all of the videos, right on the site, which is a great way to learn, or to make sure you’re learning in the right way.
For some videos, you can follow along as you watch the video, to make sure you’re doing it correctly. If you click on the “follow along” link, then the video will pause, so that you can keep going. The best thing is that when you’re done watching the video, you can just click on the link and you’ll be taken to a PDF of the instructions, which you can download and continue to practice until you are done.
YouTube Woodworking Tips
What are some of the best woodworking videos on YouTube?
This is just a small selection of some of the best videos on YouTube. Here are a few more woodworking tips from my book, Woodworking Skills for the Home-Builder:
If you’re stuck on how to do something, then try practicing it. For example, if you’re trying to make a drawer, and you’re running out of patience, then make a drawer. Cut some pieces of wood and glue them together and practice by using the drawer to hold things.
Or if you’re trying to build a bookcase, then maybe you should use a jig saw and practice assembling the pieces. Make sure you use a planer for building the planer jig or a radial arm saw for cutting the trim on the edge of the board, and a jointer to shave the finish off of the board.
Don’t forget that your drill press can be a great tool to make one or two nice looking holes for one of those drawer inserts.
If you find yourself making a lot of mistakes, then keep a big block of wood near you, with your errors on it. Then whenever you make a mistake, you can simply pick up the wood and use it to hold yourself accountable.
There are countless online resources for striving woodworkers of all skill levels– whether you are a novice, or have some experience with this craft and are searching for methods to hone your skills, there is something for everyone.