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Woodworking Projects Tips for Beginners

Updated on November 17, 2015

Woodworking projects are perhaps one of the best hobbies that most guys take up. While I'm not saying that woodworking is only for the men but it is inevitably sounds more masculine. On top of that, men DO love creating and building stuffs for the home, it's just their nature and that's why DIY project stores are so popular nowadays.

Woodworking is also a great way to develop the carpentry skills among young children and this type of hobby can also enhance their creative mind. If you have kids, why not let them join you when you are working on your project.

One of the major problems that people face when pursuing woodworking activities is lacking of ideas and plans. Ideas are what type of product or project that you are going to start. Plan including how you are going to get started with it. Detail plan include diagrams, tools needed, supplies and step by step.

Now let's us start with woodworking ideas, the source where you can get lots of ideas and start working on your project. The ideas (products) that you choose to pursue depends entirely on the level of your experience or expertise. Mind you, even for the same kind of product that you are going to build, there will be tons of variations that will make your wood projects easier or more complex. For example, building a shoe rack, there are many designs and shape that you can choose.

Working on a Project
Working on a Project
Woodworking Projects
Woodworking Projects

A beginner level normally does not have much designs, just two ply of woods that fixed together. For something which is more complex and harder to build like a garden shed there are tons of plans and designs that you can follow.

Besides that, You can gather ideas from woodworking magazines or catalogs or even from your nearby DIY stores. If you are not in the expert level, I would like to suggest to you to search for woodworking projects and plans over the internet, which come with complete info and detail.

The next step for a woodworking project is developing a plan. This plan will serve as the blueprint that you follow in order to build a workable product. A plan is the most important thing that you shouldn't miss. Imagine building a house without any plans, will it work?

Woodworking plans should include the measurements of every piece of wood involved and the steps that you need to follow to accomplish your wood working project. It also detailed out the tools that needed when working on it.

The third step is the implementation of your plan. This involved getting all the tools and supplies needed for your project. If you are uncertain for the type of wood that you need or the supplies, you can always get help from your friendly hardware store.

The final step is to get started and finish the piece in your working lab. But please make sure that everything is ready before you even get started else you have to stop working halfway. There are many ways that you can do on the finishing part and whatever path that you have chosen will definitely create an impact on the end result of your work.

To summarize this, woodworking projects usually involves 3 major steps; the first one is to gather ideas for your project, the second one is to develop a plan and the third one is the implementation of your plan.

Woodworking Plan
Woodworking Plan

Finished Woodworking on Display


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  • TheDoItAllGuy profile image

    TheDoItAllGuy 5 years ago

    I couldn't agree more that one of the hardest things about woodworking is coming up with an idea! Great article!

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    KenWu 6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks Multiman

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    Multiman 6 years ago

    Voted this one up!

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    jacob woodworking plans 6 years ago


    thank you for sharing the 3 major steps usually involves when doing woodworking projects. Now I know where to start when I'm doing my woodworking projects.

  • KenWu profile image

    KenWu 7 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks for dropping by..

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    Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

    Your hub Woodworking Projects And Woodworking Plans is insightful, and straight to the point. The hardest thing to any woodworking project sometimes is simply coming up with the idea.

    With 14,000 plans to choose from, all I can think of is so many woodworking projects to build, and so little time in which to build them. Thanks for the tips.