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

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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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Havoc Maverick says:

Very good points. Any kind of blade is dangerous, but a dull blade is the most dangerous. I had seen an experienced woodworker cut his finger deep with a dull two handed draw knife. Accidents happen but stupid mistakes can be avoided. Thanks

Reynaldo Valle says:

Can you please tell me where you buy the sanding discs I see you have them in boxes I would really appreciate it thank you and it's so true what you say about saving and buying the right tool and a good quality tool it'll last you a lifetime and less headaches thank you for the info

Cheryl Van Epps says:

I'm a Newbee woodworker but had been trained as a researcher. I've read a file cabinet full of woodworking magazines, watched tons of videos by master woodworkers and safety demos of how to use each of my power and hand tools. From my experiences, I'd add 2 things: 1) when working with reclaimed/ warped/ twisted wood, you better know how to try and true the wood before attempting to cut it with your power tools 2) it's well worth the time to make a jig that facilitates doing your particular project- research youtube videos on how others have done your project and choose what works best for you.

9988ScooterGirl says:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more insightful video. #6 REALLY hit home. It took me six months to work up the nerve to use my first power saw. It just sat in the box collecting dust while I worked up the nerve to pull it out to make some simple board and batten shutters. Once I did I forgot why I was so timid but I’m still pretty cautious using anything that can take off a finger faster than I can say, “Oops!”

kenaldoo11 says:

Subscribed great video 👍

oduncu kız says:

Firts important thing. Buy a table saw. And you can make a lot. Or a circular saw.

rodrigo bascuñan says:

hey ! i am just strating wich could be a starting level proyects that i could do, can i have some ideas? mostly with handtools ..
i am from chile .

Karen Vincent says:

Thanks for this great video. Very valid points, especially the one about taking on too much! I'm going to take that to heart and start small 🙂

Anand Srivastava says:

I see you are a lot discouraging to those who are beginners.

John Le Page says:

Excellent thank you very much for taking the time to develop this video.

jm wolf says:

Speaking of safety, I've spent most of my life working with machinery and never got injured, but the other day i stabbed myself in the finger with a sharp pair of scissors, trying to open a tightly wrapped parcel.
The moral here is hand tools are definitely more dangerous, the number of times I've slipped with a hand saw or sharp blade or screw driver and then the blood, all ways the blood.

Sam Moore says:

“Ah look at my amazing wood”
Very next statement “l made that mistake when I was a beginner”

Ismail Academy says:

thank you very informative

Ben Houghton says:

I acquired my tool collection from bootsales/fleamarkets after buying them weekly for 25 years i have spares of everything at a very low cost stay away from secondhand power tools though i find the older the tool the better quality they are I'll buy a handful i rusty tools for pennys soak them in vinegar use a wire brush sand the handle if needed bringing tools back to life is satisfying

Robert Sand says:

The video preview picture looks like you have downs. Agree with most of what you said tho

Woodworking 4 Budget Builders says:

A big rule for me is "If you are impaired or under the influence, PLEASE DON"T go near any tools." I personally know a guy who thought he could make a chess board while he was getting high. Sad to say he lost 2 fingers on one hand and almost complete lost the other hand. Good thing is he tells everyone he knows this story and it does wake some people up.

William T says:

#1 – 0:09 – Not having the right tools for the job
#2 – 1:35 – Not having a teacher/mentor
#3 – 3:02 – Buying exotic wood
#4 – 5:41 – Taking on too much
#5 – 7:36 – Experiential value vs. quality expectations
#6 – 9:18 – Safety!!!

Caley Hand says:

In Mistake 6, the person not only should respect that tool they will use, but most importantly, understand how it works, and how it is used. If they do not understand those two things, they probably are going to get injured, eventually.

Mohammed Khelladi says:

Ghalia for you advises

your eulogy says:

I came from 4 generations of fine cabinet makers yet never took up woodworking until much later in life – I'm doing ok, but fell for the exotic wood trap early.

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