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Improving Your Home: A Beginner's Guide to Woodworking

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Woodworking is a fun activity which can be enjoyed by many people. There’s always a sense of accomplishment in completing a do-it-yourself project. For beginning woodworkers, it’s also a good idea to learn about the types of wood, tools, techniques, other supplies, and associations before undertaking a project. Here’s a beginner’s guide to woodworking:

Types of Wood

  • Wood Species: A description of many wood species with pictures.

  • Furniture Wood Types: Excellent library of wood types covering maple, burl, figured, ash, birch, and much more.

  • Wood Timber: Offers information on various types of wood arranged in alphabetical order.

  • Woodcarving: A look at the different types of wood suitable for woodcarving.

  • Wood Types: Provides information on characteristics of various types of wood like tiger maples, reclaimed redwood, walnut, cherry, mahogany, and more.

  • Wood: Discusses structure and properties, common types, processing, and other wood-related topics.


  • Scroll Saw: Shows how to choose the right scroll saw for your purpose.

  • Saw Blades: Provides a comprehensive tutorial on saw blades for woodworking.

  • Woodworking Tools: An excellent guide on the tools needed for do-it-yourself woodworking.


Other Supplies

  • Common Fasteners: Provides information on various types of woodworking fasteners.

  • Sandpaper: Methods for sanding, how to choose the correct grit sandpaper, and other facts about sanding wood.

  • Clear Finishes: Discusses different types of clear finishes for wood and what results each type will yield.

  • Wood Stain: Defines different types of stains including pigmented and dye stains and how each works on wood.

Woodworking Techniques

  • Sharpening: Offers instructions and tips on sharpening woodworking tools.

  • Joints: Discusses how to use box joints in woodworking projects.

  • Sanding: Discover the proper wood sanding techniques.

  • Chisels: A guide on different types of chisels for woodworking.

  • Carving: Offers a tutorial for beginning wood carvers.


Home Woodworking Projects

  • U-Bild: One of the premier suppliers of woodworking plans on the Internet.

  • BuildEazy: Excellent place to find free home woodworking plans.

  • Allcrafts: A great resource center to find free home woodworking projects like quilt hanger, TV stand, coat rack, picture frame, and more.

  • Plans: Provides free plans for bench, bird feeder, book case, toy box, workbench, and more.

Woodworkers Associations

  • AAW: Official website of the American Association of Woodturners.

  • Woodworker’s Central: Come here to find the Woodworker’s Gazette, WWA Info Exchange, WoodSampler, and more.

  • BWF: Homepage of the British Woodworking Federation.

  • VWA: Official site of the Victorian Woodworker’s Association in Australia.

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