Beginner’s Guide to Woodworking

A craft that has been going for generations and will continue to flourish for year’s to come, woodworking is a serious skill that takes time and effort to master, but is a rewarding career for many.

But where would you even start? What equipment would you need? What projects would you be working on for your potential clients? Let’s dive deeper into the world of woodworking.

Where to start?

Firstly, you’ll need to get yourself a decent space to work in. Whether this is at home in your garage or in a hired out space, it’s a must when you’re at the beginning of your woodwork journey.

Bear in mind when you’re creating your workshop, you’ll be making loud noises and hammering things, so if you’re in a terraced property for example, it’s probably not advisable that you set up in your spare room or living room!

Generally speaking, you don’t need too much space; a garage is perfect or even a good-sized garden shed. Although, if you’re working from a shed, you’ll potentially have to invest in a high quality and quite large tool bag like those from RS Components, to store all your equipment.

What tools will you need to get started?

You’ll need to invest in some good quality tools before you start woodworking as without them, you can’t really do much! The basics you’ll need are a hammer, handsaw, chisel, clamps, nails and screws, but, if you’re wanting to invest even further, you could get yourself power tools and a whole array of other kinds of accessories.

What types of jobs can you expect to do?

Whether you decide to take on clients or not, woodworking can open you up to creating so many beautiful pieces. From tables and cabinets to kitchen worktops and sculptures, there are so many pieces that you can construct.

If you take on clients, you may be asked to also complete other tasks such as gates and fences, creating bespoke cabinets and maybe even whole staircases. The list really is endless when it comes to what you can do with your new skill.

No matter if you’re looking at going it alone once you’re trained and starting your own business, or whether you feel as though you’d benefit from learning from someone experienced in the field, woodworking can be a fruitful and rewarding hobby or career.

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