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January 14, 2012 7:30 PM Subscribe
I have decided that I want to start doing some basic woodworking, but I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing. Where to get started?
posted by synecdoche to sports, hobbies, & recreation (26 answers total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
For a long time, I've wanted to be the kind of guy who can build a bookshelf rather than heading to Ikea. Now, my partner and I are going to be moving into a house with space to work, and I need a hobby, so I figure the time is right to learn. Maybe I'll even build us something nice while I'm at it.
I've been browsing this site
all night, and it's started to make me think that maybe I can actually do this. I've found a number of "beginner" plans
that don't look TOO intimidating—the whole site is full of things like "it really is that easy!" and pictures of people's first projects that just look amazing to me. But, when it comes to the directions, I'm still at a loss: what the heck's a construction fastener? How do I hold this thing together while I'm putting it together? How do I make sure my cuts are straight and everything joins square? How do I not look like an idiot to the guy at the lumber yard?
The limit of my building experience is putting together Ikea furniture. How can I get started in doing this kind of stuff? What should I read? What kind of tools must I have just to get started? Can anyone point me in the right direction?