April 2018

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It is becoming more popular in this DIY age for people to want to make things themselves, and we are seeing a return to woodworking as a hobby or pastime. The garage is transformed into a workshop, with a workbench a set of woodworking tools and of course a beer fridge. Beautiful handmade woodworking projects can be achieved with some practice, a good set of plans and the right woodworking tools.

If you already have a workshop and the skills for woodworking, you will need to make sure that you have some reliable woodworking plans at your disposal and the necessary woodworking tools to complete the projects you wish to make. There are some websites that offer free woodworking plans, but they are often incomplete or lack sufficient detail to understand properly and this will lead to frustration and loss of interest in woodworking. After spending many years building up your collection of fine woodworking tools and learning to use them, you will no doubt have some neat skills under your belt. Now to make full use of these skills, you will need to find a nice project to work on, one which will do you proud and show off your fancy woodworking skills.

Behind every great woodworking piece is a great woodworking plan. Even the classic furniture makers of the 18th and 19th centuries worked from detailed precision drawn plans. This is how we are able to make such genuine looking reproductions of the works of the famous furniture makers of old; the master woodworker’s plans are still extant. Many different styles and designs are available, from all different periods in history, to modern designs from this century. Working with the right woodworking tools a skilled woodworker can make any piece of furniture; however fancy the detail is, if he has an accurate woodworking plan to work from. Once you have reached a certain skill level in your woodworking techniques, you will be able to create a masterpiece which can be handed down through your family for future generations.

If your skill level is not yet high enough to tackle a difficult design, you need to get more practice by doing more basic designs, which teach you the techniques you will need for the harder jobs. It is rightfully said practice makes man perfect and you should do lot of practice to master this skill.

Woodworking plans for difficult projects, will list which tools you need to use and show you the areas where you still need practice. Come back to the advanced woodworking plan later on, after you have had more practice with your woodworking tools doing basic projects which steadily build your skill level. To gain the skills for advanced woodworking, you really need to try as much variety as possible, so that you broaden your experience. Making 100 coffee tables that are all the same will not make you a skilled woodworker but making 100 different tables of all kinds and sizes, will certainly make you a skilled woodworker.

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Woodworking magazines are excellent resource materials for woodworking enthusiasts. The typical magazine includes do-it-yourself projects, from simple projects such as chairs and tables to more complicated ones such as shelves and bed frames. Product reviews, woodworking design ideas, techniques and tips are also included.

There are a lot of magazines for woodworking available in the market. A variety of magazines are available for the newbie woodworker, and also for the experienced one. Some magazines even have expert woodworkers as their writers, thus ensuring tried and tested projects, techniques, and tips. Of the numerous woodworking magazines, which is the best one? What differentiates one from the other?

Fine Woodworking Magazine

Fine Woodworking Magazine is the undisputed leader in magazines for woodworking for over 30years. The magazine caters to both beginner and expert woodworkers. As with all the other magazines, it contains design ideas, projects, tips and techniques, and product reviews. According to the magazine, their goal is to bring the most trusted woodworking information available by traveling the country in order to find the best hands-on craftsmen and photograph their techniques.

The projects they feature are beautiful works of arts that include alternative sizes and ideas, which gives the reader more options to choose from. Most of the projects though are more geared for the expert woodworker. Also, the projects do not have detailed diagrams that show the step-by-step process in creating the project. Though it caters to both beginner and expert woodworkers, beginners would have a harder time in doing the projects featured in the magazine. Though the projects are a bit hard, it would definitely be worth a try and it would help beginners grow to an expert woodworker.

The products reviews are very detailed and critical, thus ensuring that when you buy one of the products, it would definitely be worth it. The magazine also publishes a yearly Tool Guide Issue which is considered a must have for woodworking enthusiasts.

A favorite feature in the magazine is the “Methods of Work” where in readers send practical tips and solutions for woodworking. Though some of the tips may sound unusual, they are tried and tested and they really work.

According to a lot of people, Fine Woodworking Magazine is the Bible of woodworkers. If you are going to buy just one magazine, this is the one you should buy. A 12-year subscriber of the magazine said, “Of all the woodworking magazines available to read Fine Woodworking is the best, bar none. It will encourage those with no experience, and inspire those who are serious about woodworking.”

Popular Woodworking Magazine

If you are more of an amateur woodworker, then Popular Woodworking Magazine is the right one for you. The magazine covers the A to Z essentials in woodworking. Though the projects featured are aimed for the amateur woodworker, they are inspiring, beautiful, and useful projects that help build up your woodworking skills. Professional woodworkers write the articles in the magazine.

Popular Woodworking Magazine, like its other counterparts also includes tool reviews and tips and techniques in woodworking. The magazine is better known for the projects they feature which an amateur woodworker would be able to replicate.

Woodworking Magazine

The Woodworking Magazine is a sister publication of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The Woodworking Magazine is the only magazine that does not have any ads in its pages. According to the creators of the magazine, they do not accept ads from manufacturers and seller of woodworking tools to ensure that the magazine is free of bias. All the pages of the magazine, including the back cover is filled with practical tips, ideas, techniques and projects.

The magazine is intended for beginners and amateur woodworkers. The articles are in depth and include a step-by-step illustration on how to create the projects, thus, perfect for the beginning woodworker. It also includes a glossary that explains terms in the magazine that needs to be defined. Some of the issues include tool reviews, which includes information on how to use the tools better.

 

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Each and every week, I take the time to read the comments that my readers make about my woodworking blog. First of all I want to them for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate all of the comments and suggestions. This past week there was a comment from a gentleman, who expressed a desire to get into woodworking. As a guy who is passionate about woodworking, I want to welcome him to the fold. And I want to offer him all of the advice and encouragement possible in his endeavors.

Over this past weekend I happened to spend some time in the shop of another woodworker, and he and I got to talking about the problems that a new woodworker faces. The more we talked, the more we became convinced that many new woodworker actually make it harder on themselves to become a successful woodworker than necessary. Now I know that you are not going to let me get away with making a statement like that without some explanation.

There are normally two ways that a person moves into woodworking. The first group of people is those who grew up in an environment that included woodworking. These are the guys and gals whose father, grandfather, or other relative or neighbor was involved in woodworking. And as time went on, they either inherited their woodworking tools from these folks, or because woodworkers are an opinionated group, had already learned the importance of having quality tools. My comments do not apply to this group.

They do however apply to a second group of new woodworkers. This is the group that includes those who one day decide for whatever reason that they want to become a woodworker. Maybe it’s because they have just moved into a new home and see many projects that they could take on, if only they were into woodworking. Whatever the motivation, I feel that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that idea; in fact I think it’s great. But what often happens next is the problem. The new woodworker is faced with a dilemma. As we all know, to do woodworking he or she needs to invest some hard money into the tools that woodworking requires. But not being 100% sure that they will really enjoy woodworking they hesitate to spend the money to purchase quality tools. And this I feel is where they set themselves up for failure.

When starting out, most novice woodworkers will normally opt for the smaller, lighter less expensive tool, be it a tablesaw, miter saw or whatever tool is needed to supplement their workshop. In their thinking, it doesn’t make sense to spend the money on an expensive tool when they are not sure that they will really like doing woodworking. And I can understand that line of thinking. But when they try to make that precise cut with this tool, the results are often less than perfect. Why? Well there could be a multitude of reasons, the woodworker didn’t set the tool up correctly, or the blade/bit was dull, the wood wasn’t secured correctly or maybe just maybe the tool was not capable of making the desired cut. But since this occurred with a novice woodworker, there is a very strong possibility that the woodworker will blame their own skills rather than seeing that the problem maybe with the tool.

At this juncture, one of two things can happen, the woodworker can take the time to diagnose the problem and realize that the tool, not they are at fault. Or they can simply give up woodworking, because they feel that they just can’t do it. That they don’t possess the skills needed to be a good woodworker. And this is really too bad. Yes, I know about the old adage that a craftsman doesn’t blame his tools. But there are times that the tool is the real culprit.

Getting back to the guy who wants to get into woodworking, my advice would be to avoid the cheap tools. I am not advocating buying the most expensive tool. I am advocating buying the best tool. Take the time to research the tools completely. Look at any one of the multitude of woodworking blogs for their reviews or comments on tools. I know for certainty that any woodworker who is unhappy with the performance of a tool will make sure that anyone who will listen knows their feeling about that tool. Likewise, if they have had a good experience with a particular tool, they will let you know that as well.

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If you are interested in DIY woodworking, then finding woodworking patterns is important to you since woodworking requires precision and finding woodworking patterns for all your DIY woodworking projects should be a goal. Although it helps when you are skilled, DIY woodworking can still be done by unskilled hobbyists as long as they are able to obtain the correct woodworking patterns and the necessary tools.

With the colder months soon upon us, building an outside storage shed is even more important in order to store various tools, equipment, firewood, plants, etc away from the elements. Firewood sheds, potting sheds or any other sheds are easy to build if you have the right tools and resources. This may also be a good time to build a dog kennel to house your family dog. Before you begin any DIY woodworking projects, proper planning is important for your work. Preparing woodworking plans or blueprints to guide your woodworking project is a great idea before you start any woodworking projects.

Finding woodworking patterns for all your DIY woodworking projects can be obtained at little or no cost to you. If you are highly skilled, you may be able to draw up patterns. For the rest of us, we can either obtain free woodworking plans or pay a minimal fee for the woodworking plans that we need. Several blueprints are available online that can be downloaded to a computer and retrieved when the need arises.

Whatever woodworking plans you obtain, it is important that the woodworking patterns are descriptive enough and provide step by step guidance. They should include a raw materials list, tools needed as well as the time that it will generally take to complete the project.

Besides using woodworking plans to build storage sheds, dog kennels, decks, etc, blueprints can also be used to make wooden furniture easily and the more unique the better through using different external furniture finishes to alter the look of the furniture since a lot of people would prefer to be unique in some form or fashion.

As mentioned previously, you can obtain various DIY woodworking plans easily online which is becoming more and more popular. You can also obtain woodworking blueprints from books that you can purchase or borrow. All these sources are widely available and you can easily find just the woodworking plans that you need.

If you do obtain free woodworking plans, you may need to have them reviewed by a professional to ensure that they are adequate and descriptive enough to help you start and complete your woodworking project.

There are other DIY woodworking plans that are available online for a small price that are prepared by professionals which ensures that the blueprints contain everything that you need to start and complete any woodworking projects. Many of these professionally drawn up plans contain thousands of woodworking projects and you are guaranteed to find just the plans that you need for your projects and no training is usually required to use these blueprints.

The main advantage to obtaining these professionally drawn up plans is that they are prepared by highly skilled and professional wood workers. These woodworking plans are artistic and very attractive. Since most DIY woodworking projects are usually performed by unskilled individuals, these woodworking patterns are designed to make it easy for anyone to use them whether they are skilled or a novice at woodworking. These professionally drawn up plans also allow you to save time on your woodworking projects.

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There are several kinds of woodworking tools that are made use of while carving different things out from wood. Some of the most important ones are Woodworking Lathe, Woodworking router, woodworking saws and many more. Now that you are quite inquisitive about all these tools, why don’t you catch a small glimpse of the information that is available for such tools?

Woodworking Lathe: Used for Knurling, woodturning, metal spinning, glass working and metal working, Woodworking Lathe is a key woodworking machine tool. It is also widely used in shaping potteries. Things like baseball bats, table legs, crankshafts, musical instruments and cue sticks are made using a woodworking lathe. The woodworking lathe is a unique woodworking tool because unlike many other woodworking processes, the wood spins while the tool remains mostly stationary. The woodworking lathe may come in a variety of styles and sizes, but most lathes are either smaller tabletop lathes, or larger freestanding lathes with their own legs that can be bolted to the floor.

Woodworking Router: Used for hollowing a piece of wood, woodworking router is more often used by stair case makers and pattern makers. Also named as Old Woman’s Tooth, it has a narrow blade and wooden hand plane attached to it. Varied types and forms of routers are available today. For being able to use a woodworking router, the worker must be experienced and proficient in handling it. This is because, routing is a very fast process and it includes various risky jobs like trimming and cutting of wood. The keys to good router woodworking are skills in material prep, layout, measurement, setup and router-control. 80% of all router woodworking can be done on the router table; some guys do “it” all on the table, others are convinced that hand router woodworking is all they need. To be sure, there are times when one method is preferred over the other. Whatever the case, it makes good practical sense to have at least one router table.

Along with these tools, a worker must learn how to make the best use of their woodworking bench. Woodworking benches are a very crucial part of woodworking. In hand woodworking, such woodworking tools, woodworking benches and woodworking designs holds key importance. Hand working requires proficiency in the usage of tools and off course mastery in this very art of woodworking. Two things distinguish a woodworking bench: It has at least one vise, and it has at least one row of dog holes (either square or round) along the front edge. The presence of these two items transforms a table into a big, versatile clamp. A woodworking bench is optimized for using hand tools like planes, chisels, and saws. It offers a variety of ways to hold and support the work at hand.

For being able to crate and carve complex woodworking designs, a workers proficiency and experience is a must. For example, a naive woodworker will not be able to design a loft bed plan without any assistance from an experienced woodworker. This is because such designs require perfection and only veterans can make impeccable designs for the same. Woodworking is very often used in loft bed plan designs.