6 Mistakes to avoid for New Woodworkers! Wisdom from a Pro!

As I recall the last 15 years gone by, as both an amateur and professional woodworker, I bring to mind several of the mistakes that myself, and others, have made in our journey to greatness. It is the wise person who seeks for wisdom from others. Although this list is by no means exhaustive of the plethora of mistakes that could be garnered from a newbie, I hope this will give some insight and foresight for the aspiring woodworker out there. Hopefully you will not waste time, money, or appendages in your pursuit of wood shavings glory.
In my mind, we are all in this together. True woodworking, existing as a connection to our creative capacities and professional aspirations, is a dying field of employment. My page exists to both offer instruction and, hopefully, encouragement to those of us still striving to better ourselves through the employed use of our hands.

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20 Replies to “6 Mistakes to avoid for New Woodworkers! Wisdom from a Pro!”

  1. I agree with the quality of tools. About 20 years ago, I wanted to "get into" woodworking. Went to Lowes and bought all the $99 -$199 tools. Couple hundred dollar planer jointer bandsaw etc. Even after some time I was very discouraged that my work was not professional and often not square and inaccurate. I figured I just didn't know how to use them or set them up correctly. But, I still enjoyed what I was doing so later I decided to upgrade to much higher quality from grizzly and BAM!!! The fire was lit. Almost immediately, everything was coming out perfectly. I will say, that, learning how to work with such inferior tools, you can really shine when you get quality tools. When you do have a very good tool, you will become very familiar with it like an extension of yourself. Every little setting movement and sound, you will know if it's right.

  2. Common sense advise but much needed by the beginner.
    The pitfalls in starting out is very important.
    Measure twice cut once, think the project through then think again.
    Thinking is the most important part of a Job.
    Frustration, leads to injury.
    Well done, thank you.

  3. Great video .. But at 23 years old I must say the table saw is actually one of favorite tools to use. Lol .. I’d say it’s in my top 3.

  4. I'm new to wood working, I am working on finishing windows in my home remodeling, and trim. I liked your video. I subscribed to hopefully learn more. Thanks Russell

  5. Every point is helpful but I always take on big hobby projects. A mentor would be awesome but wood working in a non production environment is a dying art.

    My endeavours generally turn out well but late. You just have to accept that you do a bit everyday and you will make mistakes. Also tell yourself that it’s just “one step at a time, no short cuts” and “there is nothing today that you can’t do.”

  6. This video is only playing sound through the left side of my headphones. Just thought u might wanna fix the audio. It's a lil annoying only hearing it in mono. Keep up the great jobs.

  7. This may be the dumbest question in history. But on my property like anyone else's with a bit of land I get trees that have blown over. How long can a tree lay before it's no longer worth milling. I'm considering learning how to mill my own because I get atleast 1 oak come down a year. Usually a cherry every other year, or so. That's a lot of wood for a hobby.

  8. Wow,,, there is something about how you deliver a speach. you really should think about doing positive thinking or motorvational speaches,,,,, seriously you should think about it??,,,

  9. I think another thing all beginning Woodworkers need to understand is how Kickback works with different tools. By gaining a firm grasp on what's going on when a tool kicks back they can greatly reduce the anxiety of using the tool and prevent putting themselves in a bad situation. I would also highly recommend observing videos of that specific tool kicking back so that if they experience it in the wild it won't scare them to the point where they inadvertently hurt themselves.

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