Beginning Woodworking
Woodworking for Beginners - Part 3

Beginning woodworking provides first-rate tips on Lumber, Supplies, Jigs, and Finishing & Hardware ideas.

Lumber: You should study the different types of wood and their characteristics. Then you will know their properties, such as ability to hold screws, grain patterns, finish smoothness, and humidity changes. These are just a few of the factors you should consider.
Think about why you are building the project and its use. If you are making a porch glider for the outdoors, you would want hardwood that has good resistance to decay or understand outdoor finishes. If you understand the physical properties of various woods, it will make your getting started in woodworking more successful.

Sources of Lumber: Your normal choice is the local lumber yard or home center. Most of these do not carry a full selection of different hardwoods. And they normally only carry dimensional boards or just a few types.
A hardwood lumber dealer is a much better source. Companies like this carry a broad range of hardwoods. Some dealers may have exotic imported woods. A good source of quality hardwood is Baird Brothers. They have a good choice of hardwoods in different lengths, widths, and thickness.
For more information on how to calculate board feet, please visit Lumber Dimensions & Definitions.

Shop Supplies: When you are beginning woodworking, besides investing in machinery and hand tools, you will need shop supplies. There are ear muffs, threaded Inserts, T-Nuts & T-Bolts, and even a branding iron. You will discover more as you gain experience. You might want to read the Woodworking Supplies page for getting started in woodworking.
Also, please visit Great Prices for your shop supplies.

Shop Jigs: Woodworking jigs make the construction of your projects more efficient. You can purchase commercial jigs at woodworking supply stores. Even beginning woodworking, you can build better jigs in your shop. Most jigs should be simple in construction to perform the desire task. Moreover, you will learn more about woodworking if you make your own jigs.
You can find several shop built jigs at Woodworking Jigs
or how to make templates at the Woodworking Templates page.

Accessories for Power Tools. Every woodworker knows you need router bits for a router and drill bits for a drill press or hand drill. Other accessories provide particular functions, like using dado blades in your table saw.

Gluing & Clamping: There are many glues on the market to join nearly anything. You will develop your ideas on wood glue as you gain experience. However when beginning woodworking, you should consider water-resistant glue for wood projects. For proven techniques on using glue, please visit Woodworking Glue Tips.
Of course, you will need clamps for adequate glue joints. You can buy all sorts of clamps, but I recommend that you concentrate your efforts on Quality Clamps. These will serve you well for many years to come!

Abrasives: It is a good idea to look at different grades of sandpaper for hand sanding or to use with your power sander. The Sandpaper Page gives excellent tips on how to choose quality sandpaper.
Also, you should learn what sharpening stones you need to maintain your chisels, planes, or scrapers. Please review Woodworking Truth #2 - Learn to Sharpen.
There are excellent tips on the Sharpening System page.

Beginning Woodworking - Finishing & Hardware

Finishing products: As you gain experience, you will decide on the best finish for your projects. You can find a variety of stains and dyes for changing the color of the wood, oil finishes that seal the wood, and finish coats such as polyurethane and shellac. You should review the Woodworking Finishing page for more information.

Fasteners. Most quality wood projects need only good joints. However, you may need a few wood screws. I would not use nails or staples, because they work loose over time.
It is best to review Woodworking Joints for an explanation of the best joints.

Hardware: You will need hardware for some of your projects, such as drawer slides, hinges, knobs & pulls, and latches, etc. You should think about both decorative and functional hardware. You may find some good buys on Woodworking Hardware.

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