There's an excellent book on WW for beginners that I bought on sale for
$17.95 at Lowe's (original price $29.95.) It's titled "The Complete Book of
Woodworking," published by Landauer Corporation.
The book has step-by-step guides on WW techniques, tools and lots of tips
and jigs. Of the 480 pages, 317 are dedicated to 40 projects with layout,
shopping list, cutting list, and order of assembly among other useful info.
Just wanted to contribute. (I have nothing to gain on this.)
I've been hovering in this NG for a while, lapping up on the knowledge here.
I feel indebted. Since there's nothing I can contribute to the knowledge of
the group, I contribute this to newbies who, like me hover silently in the
"Be tender with the young; compassionate with the old; sympathetic to the
striving; and tolerant with the weak and the wrong, for in your life, you
I'm glad to know there are more newbies like me out there. I'm just in the
process of having a shop built on the garage of my new house. Met with the
architect today. I'm sure I'll be asking a lot of "dumb" questions.
Panel the walls with wood (I used 3/8 CDX) so you can screw things to
them without worrying about studs. If code requires wallboard, think
about putting the CDX underneath. Run plenty of outlets, spec 20amp
wiring, get a bigger sized subpanel so you can add more service. Plan
for wood storage high on the walls.
Go with surface mount electrical outlets - you WILL want
to move them or add to them as you set up and start using
your shop. It's much easier if the wiring is done in exposed
conduit than buried in a wall behind ply and/or drywall.
Use Quad boxes (holds two duplex outlets) - better to have
too many outlets than too few.
Always have your lights on a separate circuit, or better
yet on two separate ciruits, than your wall outlets. You
don't want to be in the dark with spinning carbide!
And screw rather than nail ply to the studs. Much
easier to open up a wall later.
Wood floor if you can - chisels and planes won't
self destruct on impact with a wood floor.
just somethings to think about.
Make sure you have a few 220 outlets for those larger power tools.
And you can't hardly make it too big. I have an 11' x 20' (3rd garage bay)
shop and it just isn't big enough. I want to get good enough to make
furntiure for my home. But I can already see that I am going to constantly
be struggling to manuever around in that small space. You can make it work,
but you end up trading the time you spend moving things around for the money
you saved by not making it larger.
Moe: Once you finish reading that one, do yourself a huge favor and
buy a copy of Tage Frid's two volume set on woodworking (they issued
it in paperback in one volume). See:
http://www.taunton.com/store/pages/070198.asp He also wrote one
volume on finishing. It may contain more information than you need
just right now, but also has discussions of basic technique that will
make your projects better, and if you are still working from plans,
you will find yourself making changes to the plan to make the piece
better. I have no affiliation here other than an incredible respect
for the man's craftmanship.
Regretably, Tage died a month or so ago, so we won't see any more
books from him. If you read his book, you will find he was a
practical man, and his views on technique were 'whatever gets it done
properly' (with the emphasis on properly) and this approach is, in my
view, of great use to folks whether they've been working wood 1 year
or 25 years. I refer to the book often to see "how Tage did it." Now
I guess, its how Tage would have done it.
I'm betting he's still doing it, just not where we can enjoy
watching and listening. I'm certain that he's already got
God chuckling and asking His Kid about woodworking. Imagine
THAT Father Son project! Then again - maybe we're it.
Like you, I am pretty new to the hobby too (a year or two).
My first books for learning were the set of paperbacks (in a slipcase)
from Taunton, called "Essentials of Woodworking."
I also heartily agree with the recommendation of another poster for
"Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking vols 1 and 2" in paperback. That book
will really grow with you.
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