You need to find yourself a woodworking "Buddy". The best way to learn
the basics of working is to watch and practise with someone who is
already established in the hobby. This has several benefits.
1. Safety - Assuming Buddy has a lick of sense he probably has a pretty
good understanding of basic shop safety. This is also a topic you can
probably find a class on if you have a decent local woodworking
store/school. I think that Woodcraft covers this topic in every class.
2. Cost - "Getting Started" in woodworking, depending on your sense of
perspective can be very expensive. I would hate for you to go and
invest in a couple grand worth of tools and months later decide you
didn't really enjoy it. Sadly you can never recover the cost of new
3. Knowledge - If Buddy has been doing this for a while he can pass on
tips and tricks. You will save a lot of time and frustration if you
learn some basic skills with the guidance of someone more experienced.
4. Your Own Preferences - You will decide which tools you prefer,
tablesaw lathe bandsaw router. This will help you make wise purchasing
One thing to watch for make sure you don't judge woodworking negatively
if Buddy only has crappy tools. If you think using a TS is a horrid
experience it is probably an issue of either poor technique or a bad
I think woodworkers see things two ways some like to work alone it is
there solo time. Other woodworkers, myself included like to work with
other folks. I really like teaching other people. Right now I am
helping a complete non-woodworker get addicted to a new and expensive
Oh and By the way... Remember if someone agrees to help you learn the
hobby, they are sacraficing there own productivity to help you. Be
courteous of time and patience, when building a project offer to
purchase more wood than necessary and give them the excess, always be
generous, they certainly are.
I know that finding this person might be difficult, I would recommend
asking folks around your company if they are into woodworking. You
never know where you will find a "Buddy".
PS now that I have expressed this idea it gives me the idea of making
up a webpage to connect to-be woodworkers with competent guides.