Woodworking is loved by many and provides an outlet for relieving and balancing stress. People make all kinds of things with wood. Whether big or small, the projects that are created are very rewarding and can even last a lifetime.
No matter how old you are, if you have never tried it but have a genuine interest then it is never too late for getting started in woodworking.
Woodworking Books for Beginners
If you are new to woodworking there are some great books to help you get started. The Complete Manual of Woodworking: A Detailed Guide to Design, Techniques, and Tools for the Beginner and Expert by Albert Jackson comes highly recommended. With more than 1,800 drawings, diagrams and photos, this authoritative guide encompasses the whole art and craft of woodworking. Designed to instruct and inspire every woodworker from the beginner to the most exacting expert, it has become a classic. It includes a discussion of all the principal hardwoods and softwoods, how to choose and use hand tools, detailed information on every woodworking technique--jointing, bonding, fastening, laminating, and much more.
Another well know book is Woodworking Basics - Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship - An Integrated Approach With Hand and Power tools by Peter Korn is said to be "the perfect 101 for beginners".
By taking your focus off your problems and investing time and energy into something like woodworking, you are working towards balancing a healthy mind and a healthy lifestyle. Hobbies such as this demand attention and allow us to be creative while building woodworking skills. It is also more productive to invest in something of interest than to spend your time worrying, anxious or depressed.
Free Plans for Woodworking
There are some excellent free resources online that can help motivate and inspire you. If you are looking for free plans for woodworking, be sure to check out the following websites:
- Free Woodworking Plans, Projects & Patterns
- Bink's Woodworking Free & Fee Woodworking Plans, Project Ideas, & Shop Tips
Intermediate or Advanced Woodworker?
If you are an intermediate or advanced woodworker, have you ever thought about building a home based woodworking business? If so, SBI (Site-Build It) can help you do it! Believe it or not, this site is powered by SBI. If you are interested in turning your hobby into a home based business then you owe it to yourself to learn more!
If your not interested in building a home based business but just enjoy woodworking and want to share that with others, why not consider sharing your story with us along with a picture of your latest creation? Let us know how woodworking plays an important role in your life. How about encouraging someone else who may be considering woodworking as a new hobby but is hesitant! You can do this by sharing your story today!
Woodworking and Children
Any child that expresses interest in building things would enjoy woodworking. Children need activities that are challenging and yet rewarding. Just like adults, they like to feel a sense of achievement. Children also like spending time with their parents, friends and older siblings and woodworking is a wonderful way to bring people together.
For more information on kids woodworking projects be sure to check out The Kids' Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together
If you're a dad looking for woodworking projects to build with your children then Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids will be a sure hit!