5 Beginner Woodworking Tips
In this video, I discuss five tips to help you succeed as a beginner woodworker.
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Very good advice
Doh… so im a tool collecter now eh? Great tips though 🙂
Truth. I laughed at just about all of them because I’ve been there, done that! Now, if only I can get my wife to watch this. ("Why isn’t my table finished yet?" and "You spent how much on wood?")
3:15 an hour north… could it be… Century Mill Lumber? lol
".. is about as realistic as me committing to a relationship."
Her: "… what!?"
Subscribed just from that, I have a terrible habit of putting off a project for weeks or months just to not plan it, I just go at my own pace now and I enjoy it – I enjoy the mistakes, I don’t get angry at them either and I’m training patience!
Rachel’s contributions to this video are awesome!
The tips are also very helpful.
Solid tips. Nice drill press.
Every project I create I first draw up in SketchUp. This allows me to make MOST of my mistakes for "free", long before I ever cut the first board. Great tip, sir!
I haven’t built a single piece of furniture and I own a drill and an impact driver.
I was looking into getting started.
I subscribed when you said “I can’t help poor attitude”.
As a director of a mental health treatment center, I appreciated that.
Great info and loving this channel!
Entertaining stuff and true to boot. Also consider that the “obvious” tool might not be the one you need, think about the process you want to do and then decide which tool suits it best (tablesaw vs tracksaw, bandsaw vs scrollsaw…). When in doubt, go for cordless tools, they will always find good use.
Great channel mate. Clear instructions with good humor 👌
Right on! Those are great tips we should all build by! (Says a Harbor Freight Junkie)
The sawdust management on the drill press in the background looks like a cartoon prop! I’ve never seen one of those flexi-arms that big XD
… Century Mill Lumber?
the Lamello you bought on sale – wtf why don’t u use it?
Cudos for doing these videos (up till so far) without sponsor(s). Though… sponsors… not such a bad idea, isn’t it? 😁 (hint hint).
yeah, i so want this Makita battery angle grinder with batteries and recharger for 300 bucks … but all i need it for is so get an angle on some T bolts for my workbench clamps … i could do this also with a file for 5 Bucks in 2 minutes.
Damn hard to justify 300 bucks for that
If you think you can, or you can’t. You are right.
Decently funny, beginner focused, good depth of content already… Yeah, I’ll subscribe! Cheers dude!
Great video. You’ve got another subscriber now!
I didn’t follow the "buy when you need" instructions. The result is I became a tool collector. The reality is I found I enjoyed researching and buying tools. For health reasons, I can’t be out building all the time. In the downtime, I do tools. Find the joy where you can.
Your videos are first rate. I am a retired producer. I am impressed.
Classic video dude! Loved it…
You really didn’t need to come for my throat about tool collecting…..
buying tools tip: when you need a new tool:
buy the cheapest that will do the task. then, wear it all the way out.
when it’s time to replace it you’ll know what to buy.
… this is when to buy the best you can afford.
I kind of disagree about buying tools you don’t need, though I understand where you are coming from. I’ve purchased "on speculation" a couple of cheap Harbor Freight power tools, on sale, and found them fairly useful. For instance one of those oscillating "multi-tools". I paid like $25 for it, and it’s come in handy several times. Another is a cheap angle grinder I bought, again, for something like $25. I’d wanted one for several years to have for occasional use, but didn’t want to spend the money. The cheapie HF version was just the ticket.
The thing I struggle with as a new woodworker is that I will make an irreversible mistake on an expensive board. So I get timid and limit myself to pine, cedar and other materials that I won’t freak out if I have to throw my project on the burn pile and start over.
Your stuff is great! Keep it up!
Funny and good advice
For wood I go to local cabinet shops and go through their scraps. It’s top quality wood and it’s free and great for cutting boards and other similar things.
Thank you so much I keep trying to tell my spouse exactly what you said about saying no!!!
Just found your channel, excellent info. I am brand new woodworker with limited hand & electric hand tools, your description at 2:38 of going to big box store to get construction lumber and the results was hilarious and spot on. On my couple completed basic projects I really struggled with crappy wood, crappy skills and results showed. With limited space, I am not sure if first purchase should be tool to get boards straight, like planer or jointer or track saw to cut straight.
can’t believe i havent found you before, this is such a well put together video! can’t wait to see you grow!
Century Lumber? 😉
Constructing anything at all always takes longer than you expect
As a "forever" beginner woodworker, fun to watch, good advice.
Valuing your time is the top thing to think about. Especially when it comes to family and friends "rates".
Thoroughly enjoyed this vid!
Cheaping out on wood? Guilty.
That’s why my super thick hardwood woodworking bench with the clamp dog holes and fancy vices is still a pile of salvaged oak hardwood flooring strips on my garage’s floor.
But a word of advice: say YES to every project request you get and then take 6-9 months to get them 85% complete. Pretty soon, nobody asks anymore.
Maybe I really am more of a tool collector, after all…
Ah. like the video. Correct me if I’m wrong, but is your table saw running (6:08) when your messing with your computer? Be careful, or you’ll lose those fingers. Would hate for that to happen.
it looks like your in the toronto area, where do you pick up your hardwood? have you heard of peacock lumber in oshawa?
Buying too much tools is the common problem for all woodworkers. I have like 12 routers all pick up on "good deals" and god know how many bits i got.
Scott! 2nd video I’ve watched and I really like your humour aaand the woodworking tips! 6:03 just cracked me up 😀
Great video! I just subscribed
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Brilliant tips Scott. Have been woodworking for fifty years and still fall into some of the traps you mentioned, especially buying too many tools and taking on too many jobs for friends and family. With regards to tool purchases, I now only buy them when needed for a project and only when I think that I will use them again. Has alleviated my addiction somewhat, except for hand planes! Bonus is that you can always justify tool purchases if they save you money on tradies.
Great info Scott. I’ve been doing working for most of my life, I also do metalworking. My son had zero interest in either one until last past couple years. I’ve passed on a few of the tips you mention but I think hearing it from someone else will really help reinforce them.
I really liked your production style and delivery. Quick, humorous and to the point. BTW, I just hit the subscribe button.
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Really enjoyed your video and the humorous side of it. Looking forward to more!