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Easy Weekend Woodworking Projects

By Bill McClintlock

I’m just starting in woodworking – does that matter?

Not at all! We all had to start somewhere. Most guides available today can help you even if you haven’t learned the trade yet. While having a mentor is a great starting point, you’ll be fine without one. Just keep focused on learning!

It’s always important to keep moving forward in woodworking. This way you keep learning, and don’t put the craft down for a while. Focus on working through a project from start to end, and you’ll find that life gets much easier, as you don’t have a whole lot of half-completed projects around the shed.

It’s always best to start any new craft slowly – so take it easy and enjoy yourself. You’ll make some great projects over time, but for now focus on starting simply and producing quality.

Tools & Supplies

Many people ask me what tools and supplies I recommend. I have to say that it’s quite difficult to recommend any specific starting tools.

I’ve had a great chance to accumulate lots of tools over the years. In many scenarios, a small plan has had me go out and buy a tools I thought I’d never use again, only to have it become a regular item in my shop.

By starting with projects you enjoy, you’ll be sure you complete them and get full use out of your tools. My best suggestion is to read the instructions first, and buy items as needed.

Projects on CD

Projects on CD are a great tool to learn with! I’m at the point where I try to design and build everything from scratch, however I still refer to CD quite often to get great new ideas.

Collecting digital plans will also ensure that you are able to have a good library to draw on in the future. It makes it much easier to come up with new ideas and new ways of building!

The Best Videos and Books

I love flipping through books and videos on woodworking. I get a lot of inspiration from them. When looking for woodworking projects for a weekend project, look to start simpler – remember that it will always take a bit longer than the plans say to get started.

It’s important to look for clean, clean guidelines of how to put the project together. Read the woodworking plan in the book or video from start to finish determining if it’s the right option for you to start with. As well, plan ahead to make sure you have all the right parts before you get started – it’s no fun having to stop in the middle of a project!

I’ve always been impressed with what’s possible on a weekend. I hope I’ve been able to help with some ideas!

Learn more about woodworking plans. Stop by Bill McClintlock’s site where you can find out all about Woodworking Secrets tips, and tricks, and what it can do for you.

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