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!

Learn About Woodworking Tools

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What do you need in your shop? Here are Tommy Mac's Top 10 tools 

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VIDEOS

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Woodcraft's Frank Byers and Chad Stanton talk about a product that can transform your old furniture. Learn about General Finishes Java Gel. 

Woodcraft's Peter Collins walks us through the basics of the revamped WoodRiver Deluxe Tenoning Jig. 

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Pen 101

This 6 minute video tutorial gives step by step instructions on the materials needed to start turning on a lathe, specifically making a pen out of a kit.  It is designed to inform and help you get comfortable with the tools and the exact procedure needed to make a pen.


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George Snyder explains the difference between Japanese Kanna planes and western style planes.

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Drawerslides

Charles Neil explains cablinet drawer slide installations.

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Pen 101

This 6 minute video tutorial gives step by step instructions on the materials needed to start turning on a lathe, specifically making a pen out of a kit.  It is designed to inform and help you get comfortable with the tools and the exact procedure needed to make a pen.


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Stones

This comparison chart show you the American grit and the comparable Japanese grit for easy selection.

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Author J. D. Lawrence, writing in Furniture Making From The Inside Out, published the following list of tools and aids that are essential for any workshop. 

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