As complicated as we sometimes try to make it, woodworking isn’t that difficult. Or is it? Great woodworkers don’t possess magic powers or some great gift; they have mastered some basic skills, and practiced them. It’s a lot like sports, the champions are the ones with the best command of the basics, and the confidence that comes from that.
As much as I want the Cleveland Browns to do well this year, they will likely once again be the doormat of the AFC North and out of playoff contention by Halloween. It won’t be for the lack of a superstar quarterback, or a flashy wide receiver. History tells me they’ll try to get along without much of an offensive line. Ignoring the basics will only lead to frustration and failure.
So what are the basics that will get a beginning woodworker going? We kicked the idea around the office this morning and came up with a couple things we think are essential.
Our quick list includes good stock preparation, knowing what sharp is, the ability to saw to a line, measuring with accuracy (and working with fractions) and developing patience. We’ll cover these in some depth in the coming weeks, (I don’t think I’ll be real busy on Sunday afternoons) and we’d like to hear your input.
Chime in with a comment about a basic skill that opened the door for you, or let us know what basic skill has you stumped.
You can build a solid foundation in hand tool woodworking with this old book and new DVD- Exercises in Woodworking