– An Apprentice’s Journey – 

BY JUSTIN STARR

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It’s #getwoodworkingweek 2016. Here are a few tips that helped me get started in woodworking.

If you want to know more about how Get Woodworking Week started, click here.

Set a Timeline

Sometimes it’s easier to work to a timeline. You may find it easy to complete projects you are having fun with, but not all projects end up being fun from design to finish. For those projects that start to drag, set a timeline to keep yourself accountable.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. – Douglas Adams

Keep It Simple

When you first get started in woodworking, filtering through the endless supply of information can be overwhelming. Instead of reading multiple articles on the same subject, try finding 1 source and going with it. For example, sharpening can be a very complex topic with many points of view. Instead of dwelling on water stones or diamond stones, pick the one that you can afford now. If diamond stones are to expensive then learn to use water stones.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius

Get Woodworking

Regardless of your style of woodworking or your level of experience, get out to your shop and make something. If you don’t have a shop, find a local makerspace or workshop that you can use. Or if you’re reading this and and haven’t started your woodworking journey, go buy a cheap plane, a set of chisels and some pine from the home centre. With these items you can build a simple tool cabby and get started in your woodworking journey.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions or comments please let us know in the comments section below.

Cheers

Justin

JSMakes.ca