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Woodworking is a fantastic hobby and it can also be a great source of income. If you want to become a better woodworker, there are several things you can do. In this blog post, we will discuss seven of the most important ones. By following these tips, you’ll be able to create beautiful pieces of woodwork that people will admire!
More Than One Way To Do Something/Fixing Mistakes
This gives you a lot of confidence to try stuff and overcome obstacles.
Always cut extra pieces which will help you fix mistakes or use as a test piece. Even if you miss a step in your build there is probably another way to complete the task even if it isn’t the original way you would have completed it. Sometimes you have to get creative.
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Taking Small Bites
Meaning use your tools in the manner they are meant to and don’t try to do too much with them. Your tools are only capable of handling so much capacity. Injuries can happen if you’re trying to push your tools past their limits. Less burning and edge damage as well.
Making A Plan
Your plan will keep you on track and prevent you from jumping a head and allows you to visualize your project to help ensure it’s completed properly.
Practice And The Devil Is In The Details
Watching instructional videos and taking notes can really help improve your woodworking skills. There are a ton of videos on the internet that can help you out. Practicing those skills will really hammer home those techniques and will dramatically improve the outcome of your projects.
Measuring And Marking
You don’t want to go cheap on your measuring and marking tools. Most important is to get a good combo square and learn how to use it. Always use the same measuring device through your entire project. If you’re off a small amount in one area it may not be that big a deal but if you are off a small amount multiple times in the project then they can add up to really make a difference. Get in the habit of using a marking tool instead of a pencil. The pencil mark width is wider and cause issues over time.
[Video] 3 Most Common Mistakes
When Setting Up Shop
A woodworking friend of mine shared this video by Ralph Chapman with me that helped him set up his workshop.
The video explains the benefits of Ralph Chapman’s guide about setting up an affordable workshop and avoiding the most common mistakes offers to anyone interested in woodworking.
Repeatability (Jigs, Jigs, Jigs)
Jigs make a huge difference when you are making repeatable cuts. Your accuracy will improve making your project even more perfect.
Do What You Love
Woodworking is supposed to be fun. Don’t listen to any outside voices. This hobby is supposed to be something you love. There is always more than one way to do something so focus on enjoying the process and have some fun.