VERY new to woodworking and needing some help!
I just made my very first furniture piece.. I am one to start projects with no real idea of how to do them.. So obviously this "simple" tv stand took me FOREVER to finish and I ran into so many problems due to lack of organization and proper planning.. anyway, i have picked up several woodworking books and I am getting information about planing and jointery.. I am wondering at what stage this is really needed for or if I can continue to work with the sheets of plywood at home depot and just sand and maybe do a little hand planing to correct any obvious things.. Can I do this and my furniture be structurally sound, or do I have to worry about differences in the thickness of the wood that's not obvious? I want my furniture to be good, but I am just starting, have no experience and not a whole lot of knowledge. I can work with a drill, I am going to figure out some of the tools, basically, I want things that look nice, hold up well. Can I acheive this without the PRECISE presicion that I'm hearing about? or am I just WAY in over my head?