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The points made to date have covered it all and have been well put.

My addition would be the 2 rules of "levers".
1) If you don't know what "lever A" is for then
2) The "leaver B" and ASK.

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Be patient, acquire your tools & equipment 1 by 1 & don't feel you have to purchase everything at once.
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What tips would you offer to people just getting started with woodworking?

My tips would be/are to first keep in mind that if it will cut wood it will cut skin and bone. Therefore learn what safety equipment needed, from things like push sticks to ear protection, and what are the proper ways to use these things.
Also, wood dust can be very small and do substantial harm not only to lungs but also the cardiovascular system, so a dust control system needs to be in place, the most important part of which might be a face mask that meets at least the N95 spec.
Finally, always have a well rested, clear mind with no distractions; a second of inattention can have life-long consequences (not ot mention bank-breaking medical bills)

After all that, Enjoy!

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What tips would you offer to people just getting started with woodworking?

Learn to use the tools you have safely. As your skills build, you may want to add more tools. There are plenty of projects you can complete with just a skill saw and a router. What ever tools you use be safe and use hearing, dust, and eye protection.
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I suggest you start by organizing your workspace and know where all of your tools are, the shop will get messy if you do not put items away when you are finished with them and it saves you from the frustration of not finding them when you need them. When you get tired quit working, it is easy to make mistakes when you are tired. It might save you from have to redo something or for safety sake save you from injury.

Once you choose a project, research it to get ideas you might want to incorporate in your project. I find I enjoy and learn a great amount watching videos of someone explaining what they are doing as they build. Read these forums, see what others have done, and ask questions.

Like others on this forum, I find I am really a tool person. I buy new tools as I go along as needed; for me, it is easier to justify their expense that way.

Lastly, I will say that I am not a very seasoned builder but with each project I tackle, I learn more as well as hone my skill set.

Enjoy yourself.
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I would watch a bunch of youtube videos to get a idea of what you can do with the tools you own or want
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Join as many woodworking groups that you can find, there is a wealth of information at your disposal. Take what you learn and practice, practice, practice.
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What tips would you offer to people just getting started with woodworking?

I would offer...

Chances are a start into woodworking might be from doing small projects around the house...trim, molding, etc... Then bigger projects...deck, floor, repairs, etc...

Each of those projects created tool purchases. Likewise for woodworking...don't go buying all the tools others may have taken years to accumulate - let the project drive the purchases, not the other way around.

Then make sure the purchases are driven by best quality the budget can afford. This will allow a new woodworker to find their "niche". For example, one may develop an interest in small arts and crafts...scroll saw, small bandsaw, etc... On the other hand building furniture with reclaimed wood would require totally different purchases.

Allow yourself the opportunity to grow into the craft, pick that niche, feed it accordingly.

Equally important...research, research, research...questions, questions, questions...learn, learn, learn... Understand the techniques and practice, practice, practice until "perfected"...


This forum is exceptional at helping a new woodworker get started...provides sufficient information for the new woodworker to make their own decisions...
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If you are a beginning woodworker, start with a beginner's project and use that to learn the basics - how to use your measuring equipment, how to cut parts to size and how to assemble the project. Once you have the basics, move on to a slightly bigger project that needs a new "skill", keep testing your skills on each project and you'll find that each new skill becomes a little easier to acquire based on the experience you already have. While it's good to push the envelope as it were, realize that most people can't go from a birdhouse to a baby grand in one step, and don't get discouraged if something doesn't work out quite right the first time, most skills take time and practice to master.
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Look for a woodworking club in your area by searching for whatever interests you- furniture making, routing, woodturning, etc. The Internet should give you more leads than you could follow up on in a year
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