Are you new to the world of woodworking, ready to learn more about your new hobby? If so, you’ll really appreciate this article. We will cover:
- The most commonly used types of wood
- Some of the easiest wood crafts and beginner-level woodworking projects
- The one tool you absolutely need
The Ideal Wood for Your Project
The type of wood you choose will largely depend on two factors: your skillset (this also includes the tools you currently own) and what you want to make.
Without going too much into detail, there are two broad categories of wood you can work with: softwood and hardwood. It’s advised that beginners with limited hands-on experience and toolbox start out with softwoods.
Here are some wood types you may want to consider:
Beginner Woodworking Projects: From At-Home to Outdoor
Looking for some ideas? You can do these projects from the comfort of your home (and even during quarantine):
- Spice rack
- Step stool
- Adjustable bookends
- Cutting board or serving tray
- Shoe organizer
- Knife storage block
- And more …
If you can spend time outdoors or have a lot of space in your garage or workshop, you can take on projects that require a bit more time and effort to complete, such as:
- Garden table
- Patio chairs
- Terrace deck
- Garden bench
- Foldable lounging chairs
Bear in mind you have to choose the right hardware every time you work with wood, but especially when working on outdoor projects.
This wood will be subject to rain, sun, heat, and snow. You want your project to last, not fall apart at the first sign of an inconvenience.
That’s why it’s really important to choose the right wood screws and drilling techniques that will help you make the most out of your project and the wood you’re using.
Beginner Toolbox Must-Haves
So, you really want to start with this new hobby, but don’t know what best to invest in when you’re just starting to build your toolbox.
We believe that having a solid set of screwdrivers and a power drill is an absolute must-have. A screwdriver will serve you well if you’re working with very soft wood and a smaller project (say, a picture frame). For everything else, having a drill at hand is your best bet.
Now, a word on wood screws: yes, there are specialized screws out there that are designed for attaching and fastening wood surfaces. Wood screws come in a variety of sizes, head types, and materials. They have a large thread and a sharp end, which allows for better penetration into the wood.
If you’re working on outdoor projects, you’ll have to consider what type of screw you’re using and how it will affect the success of your project. Wood screws for outdoor projects are usually made of steel and have a zinc coating that makes them more durable. This process of coating is called galvanization.
Investing in a power drill and galvanized wood screws will make your project a success.