Get all my tips and tutorials for beginning woodworking! Learn which tools you need, how to use them and how to keep yourself safe at the same time.
Are you thinking of beginning woodworking as a hobby? It’s so rewarding to create furniture with your own two hands! Every piece can be custom made for your home, with the perfect size, color and style. And building your own furniture is much less expensive than buying it in the store!
But it can be intimidating to pick up a saw or drill without knowing the basics. Trust me, I was there just a few years ago! But once you gain confidence in your woodworking tools and skills, the sky is the limit! The articles you see below will help you get to that point faster.
You don’t need to buy the entire tool section of Home Depot when you’re first starting out. Check out my list of the best woodworking tools for beginners to find the ones I use and love most! You’d be surprised how many projects you can make with just a few tools!
Start with easy woodworking projects like this desktop organizer or outdoor end table. These projects use simple joinery and easy-to-find materials, so you can get more comfortable with the process. Plus, they’re really fun to make!
Once you’re ready for more complicated projects, check out the rest of the plans in my woodworking plans library. For more woodworking plans, I recommend visiting Ana White’s website. She’s the one who inspired me to get started building my own furniture!
Any questions? Please feel free to email me at hello@thehandymansdaughter and I’ll try to help!
Learn how to use a miter saw and get perfect cuts every time!
The Kreg Jig is an amazing tool that will help you make sturdy furniture that looks professional! There are several different models to choose from, and I've compared the two most popular ones to help you decide which one is right for you!
Once you've drilled pocket holes with Kreg Jig, you'll need to know how to use them! In this detailed guide to pocket holes, I show you how to get perfect joinery with these hidden screw holes.
A circular saw is the perfect first saw for beginning woodworking! It can cut pretty much anything, but getting a straight line can be a challenge. This simple DIY circular saw jig will help you get perfect cuts every time!
Plywood is a great material for making furniture, but the edges aren't so pretty to look at. Give your DIY furniture a polished look with edge banding!
No one likes seeing screws in their finished project! This handy tutorial will show you how to countersink screws so you can hide them away under wood filler or plugs.
Protect your eyes! You're sure to find the perfect pair of safety glasses for you in this list.
All those loud tools can do a number on your hearing. Protect it with one of these ear protection options!
There's a right and a wrong way to attach a tabletop! This simple figure 8 table top fastener is easy for even a beginner to use, and allows for wood movement as the seasons and humidity levels change!