I've always been of the philosophy that KNOWLEDGE IS POWER ... and so, over the last year or so, I've found a number of (in my opinion, anyway) helpful online resources for researching and learning various woodworking/fabricating processes, ideas, tips and techniques for the beginner (which still includes myself).
START WOODWORKING.COM --> http://www.startwoodworking.com/how-to
This is an excellent resource for the beginning woodworker or DIY'er - with loads of "How To" instructions and instructional videos to look through and learn from.
WOODWORKING FOR MERE MORTALS --> http://www.woodworkingformeremortals.com/
This has to be one of the most entertaining resources out there for the beginner/novice woodworker. Like many of us, Steve Ramsey is a Home Hobbyist/DIY'er who has created (and continues to create) entertaining -- yet VERY informative/educational - instructional videos on the topic of DIY woodworking. (You should also subscribe to his YouTube Channel). Seriously, Steve Ramsey's approach helps to alleviate much of the intimidation factor for many woodworking issues, tools and processes.
Woodsmith is the home of Woodsmith magazine
, the ultimate source for clear, detailed, easy-to-follow woodworking project plans anyone can build. Follow along, step-by-step, as you build heirloom furniture that any craftsman would be proud of. Woodsmith also brings you Woodsmith Tips
delivered free by email each week to sharpen your woodworking skills with helpful tips and techniques you can use immediately, including the best how-to woodworking videos.
And speaking of woodworking video, America's favorite and most widely carried woodworking television show, the Woodsmith Shop
, has lots of great online extras and previews on its web site you can access from here. There is also a convenient station locator to find out when and where we're on in your area. And if you'd like to improve your shop and build great money-saving woodworking tools, jigs and fixtures, don't forget to check out ShopNotes
while you're there.
Yes, I cut-and-pasted that from the Woodsmith website - but I figured they say it better than I could paraphrase . I do know - from personal experience - that you can request a free copy of the Woodsmith magazine from the website (CLICK HERE
) as well as obtain a great abundance of additional information and resources via THIS PAGE
WOODSMITH'S 150 TIPS & TECHNIQUES DVD - http://www.woodsmithstore.com/tipsdvds.html
I purchased/received this 3-DVD set (for $24.95) and - in my personal opinion - these DVDs are a fantastic resource for the beginning/intermediate level DIY'er (insofar as various woodworking methods and techniques go) - especially for those who, like myself, learn much better via visual example. The DVDs include informative video segments from "The Woodsmith Shop" TV program (usually found on PBS channels) for a great many woodworking techniques - including router work, joinery, table saw, layout/measuring, clamping, sanding, etc. (You can see a complete listing of topics for each DVD by clicking the "See Tips for . . " link above each DVD image on the page linked above).
TOOL SELECT.COM --> http://www.toolselect.com/
If you're considering a power tool purchase and have your heart set on particular name brand items, ToolSelect is an excellent resource for product comparisons and reviews. Of particular usefulness is TOOL SELECT TV
- where you can watch video reviews of various power tools and products from professional contractors and woodworkers ... VERY helpful and informative.
HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS --> http://www.harborfrieght.com
Let's face it, for those of us who are neither professional-level contractors nor "rolling in it" wealthy, cost/expense is a significant factor in acquiring many of the tools needed to partake in our projects. In my opinion, it's hard to beat the selection and significant savings one can realize via Harbor Freight Tools. You will find a myriad of mixed reviews across the internet as to the "quality" of the tools Harbor Freight sells (especially the power tools). However, speaking from my own personal experience as a Home Hobbyist/DIY'er - having purchased and used several power tools through Harbor Freight - many (if not most) of the tools you can purchase through Harbor Freight are every bit as comparable, powerful and practical as their much pricier "brand name" counterparts.
Furthermore, if you sign up for Harbor Freight's newsletter, you will receive frequent email notifications of special discounts and sales being offered. Also, you can always find 20% to 25% Harbor Freight discount coupons in most any DIY and/or woodworking magazines (i.e. WOOD, Family Handyman, American Woodworker, Woodsmith, etc.)
There are a great many more helpful resources out there with fantastic information for woodworkers at any skill level. I'm certain there are several that I am forgetting at the moment.