Getting Started in Woodworking

A woodworker's garage is his/her castle.


Ok, so you've dabbled a little in making or repairing 'stuff'… and now that you're getting a bit more serious, where do you work: the basement… garage… spare bedroom? How do you fit everything you need in the space you have? What do you need besides the hand-me-downs you've collected over the years?  Do you upgrade or is what you have sufficient to get you started?

All of the answers to these questions are based on your specific wants and needs. What is your current hobby or profession?

Are you a turner? Then you need a lathe and some turning tools…
Are you a carver? Then you need hand carving tools and a reciprocating carver…
Are you remodeling a house? Then you need a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a multi-tool, drills & drivers, planes etc…
Are you upcycling flea market and garage sale finds? Then you need a sander, a pin nailer or stapler, painting/staining supplies etc…
Are you making cabinets, furniture, shop jigs, gifts or building decks… then the combination of tools needed takes time to acquire. 

The point is, just get started and you'll get what you need when you need it!

Watch & Learn About Woodworking Tools

Saws

Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac host Tommy MacDonald explains some differences in saw types for the woodshop.

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Upcut

Charles explains the various uses of these two types of router bits. Helpful info!

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Bandsaw

Tommy describes the Bandsaw in this brief video cast.

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Planers

Rough Cut with Tommy Mac Host Tommy MacDonald gives some pointers about planers. 

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Browse How To Articles

Saws

Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac host Tommy MacDonald explains some differences in saw types for the woodshop.

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Mishaps

I was building rustic clocks for Christmas presents out of logs that were sawn in half but still about 4" thick. While routing mortises for the battery-powered clock movements I ran into a problem.

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If your saw blades aren't cutting properly, it may not be because the blade is dull. It may just just need to be cleaned.

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This chart compares the various features of 3 popular air filtration systems.

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