Tip # 1
The key to woodworking is to have the correct tools and the ability to use them. If you are a first-timer at building something out of wood, I would suggest two things. First, pick a project that is relatively small and simple. Know and understand the techniques you will use and see if there are jigs that need to be made before beginning the project. By doing this, you get a feel for your tools, plus you gain some very important experience. Second, read the instructions to your tools very carefully, and practice a time or two on some scrap wood. After over 35 years of working with wood and using woodworking tools, experience seems to be one of the most important aspects of building something you and others will be satisfied with and happy to show others.
Tip # 2
Whether you are an experienced woodworker or a beginner it is always important to study and understand the plans of your project. Be certain you have the necessary tools to be able to complete the project. For example, if you need a router, check to see if you will also need a router table or some other attachments to the router. And most importantly, check and make sure you have the correct router bits. Next, be sure you have mastered the techniques you are using to build your project. Plus, be sure you have access to all the correct tools to complete your project. Remember to always be safe when using any and all power tools and by all means read the instruction guide for information on safety.
Tip # 3
To ensure quality finished products–be certain your tools have been maintained and are running properly and all cutting surfaces are sharp and clean of any debris. Maintaining your shop and your tools is vital to creating valuable products and having an enjoyable time while following the steps to your woodworking plans. Often times your woodworking plans may not be clear to you. In cases like this you should read through the plans thoroughly and make notes on the plans where items are not as clear as they ought to be. Another important issue when working with wood is knowing the types of wood that are available and knowing whether you need a hard wood or a soft wood for your project. Whether you need a hard wood or soft wood–it is still very important to choose the correct one for your project. Choosing the wrong wood could mean the difference between keeping your finished project in the living room or in the garage.