Beginners Woodworking Videos

Getting the Most from Cheap Tools

There is nothing more frustrating than once you begin to get confident with woodworking tools you find that many of the tools you have are slowing you down and in some cases causing your work to un-even or off the square. Welcome to woodworking!  where not everything is as perfect as we would like it to be. One of the challenges of learning woodworking is learning about tools as we go along, and finding out that in most cases "yes" good quality tools can often save us time.

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But many of us don't necessarily have funds available to just go out and buy the best quality tools so we need to figure out how to make the less expensive tools we have already purchased ... work better for us. The first step in the process is understanding that cheaper tools often require more time and effort in order to get good results from them. But there are some shortcuts along the way ...  

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Best Results for Woodworking with Pine Wood

The one thing that every woodworker has in common is what woods to use, and for those who are new to the hobby and often working on a limited budget because of ... maybe some investment in tools ... is the cost of wood. And one of the more common woods that new woodworkers will select is pine for a number of reasons.

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Pine is easy to find almost everywhere, it's fairly economical, often quite flat, light to handle, and easy to work with because of the softness of the wood and it can be transformed into many looks with stains and dyes, but Pine has one drawback ...

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Tips to Straighten Boards and Squaring Lumber

One of the most important things we ever do as woodworkers is truing lumber because it is the foundation of what we will be working with. If the boards are not straight and true the whole project will be a struggle to put together and likely will be ill-fitting as well. It is very frustrating to try and build a quality piece of furniture or other woodworking projects, and have it come together perfectly ... when the wood we are working with is not true.

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Of course, the first step in truing lumber is selecting the wood you will be using and that wood should be the best wood you can find for the price you are willing to invest. It should be a straight grained and as dry as you can find and are willing to invest in. If you need to let it dry a bit longer you can often find lumber that is somewhat lower priced. 

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Crappy Woodworking Squares Can Ruin Your Projects / Checking Squares for Accuracy

One of the things in woodworking that I am very passionate about are squares. In my early days of woodworking, unbeknownst to me, a couple of my squares were off by square by quite a bit and were causing me no end to problems and frustrations. I cannot tell you what a frustrating time that was for me. It wasn't until I purchased a decent quality steel square that I realized that not all squares are necessarily square.

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Once I realized that my problem all along was probably my squares and not my machinery or the way I was setting it up, a whole new world opened for me.

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