Busy October for Westfarthing Woodworks

With October in full swing, the shop is finally cooling down a bit so that I can spend more time making things. The summer makes the shop really hot, and in Arizona, temperatures of 115 degrees are not uncommon. I’m really excited, because it’s going to be busy.

Busy October and More to Work On

busy october With the cooler weather I will be working on more projects and taking pictures so I can post them here as tutorials. I don’t know exactly what I will be covering yet, but I do have a few good ideas that I think will be a lot of fun.

I hope to spend a lot of time in the shop, and get several projects made so that I can spend the warmer months writing. It’s definitely a seasonal thing, and I try my best to write more when it’s hot. When it cools down, that’s when I transition into being in the shop. The back and forth between the two areas of my work allow me to fully enjoy one aspect and then fully enjoy the next. Read more “Busy October for Westfarthing Woodworks”

Over 300,000 Words Published!

I am happy to share that Westfarthing Woodworks has just passed the 300,000 word mark, and there are no signs of slowing down. I really enjoy helping new woodworkers make better projects, which is why I publish the majority of my woodworking, wood finishing, and guitar making tips, tricks, and tutorials online for free.

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The best way for you to take advantage of the large amount of free content that I provide is to get on the Weekly New Post Delivery Service by signing up below. This is a great way to see what’s new in a single weekly email, and you will never miss out on anything new.

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Thank you for visiting Westfarthing Woodworks, and I can’t wait to write my half million word and one million word post when the time comes! It has been a pleasure sharing my love of woodworking with everyone, and I hope to keep doing it for a very long time.

Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks

While I publish the overwhelming majority of my woodworking content for free, I also have several books available as well. You can see them on my Available Books Page, and they cover several different woodworking disciplines.

I post several times a week about woodworking, wood finishing, and guitar making. The topics range from tips and tricks, to projects and tutorials. These are a great resource for any beginning woodworker, and can help you make better projects.

Thank you again for making this so much fun, and happy building.

My Woodworking Books

my woodworking booksAs of this posting I have been fortunate enough to write and release five books. My first book is on making acoustic guitars, and has been my most popular work. I also have others on making wooden rings, making kids toys, guitar making tips, and first words for kids. All of these are centered around woodworking.

I have always been interested in writing, and even through school I was always able to write well. Having been a woodworker for a long time, it was only natural that the two loves would combine at some point.

I wrote my books from the perspective that you know very little about the subject…which is why you bought a book. In many books, they tell you to buy fancy equipment or machines, but I do not. My woodworking books help you rely on the tools that you already have. They also focus on inexpensive finishing methods that are easy, and they will help you get closer to your goals. Here they are: Read more “My Woodworking Books”

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Lots of Great Woodworking and Guitar Making Tips

free weekly woodworking tipsI write a lot. If you only visit Westfarthing Woodworks once in a while, you are missing out on some of my best tips and tricks, because they get pushed down to the bottom by new stuff very quickly.

Looking for a way to fix that, I created the New Post Delivery Service. This is a simple email that sends you the posts from the week, and it’s easy to see what’s new.

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Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks

While I publish the overwhelming majority of my woodworking content for free, I also have several books available as well. You can see them on my Available Books Page, and they cover several different woodworking disciplines.

I respond to a ton of email, so if you have any questions please feel free to ask. If I have experience in the area you are asking about, I will gladly help you. Happy building.

Thank You Instagram!

If you have been following me on Instagram, you will notice that I post a lot of stuff. Here is a short rundown of some of the best posts so you have them in one place. Happy building!

Here Is Some of My Best Work just For Visiting

50 woodworking tips pdf50 Woodworking Tips is a free PDF download that you can save and read. It’s loaded with lots of great tips for new woodworkers.

There is nothing to sign up for, and you don’t have to give an email address. Enjoy the free tips, and I hope they help you.

Also, please feel free to link this to anyone else that you think might enjoy the free tips. A share online helps too, and again feel free.

10 step guide to wood finishingThe 10 Step Guide to Wood Finishing is a free PDF download that I wrote to help new woodworkers with finishing. Of all woodworking topics, wood finishing is one of the most complex. It really doesn’t have to be, and that’s what my guide is all about.

This guide will teach you all about hand applied finishes. These are traditional products that have been used for a long time. You don’t need any fancy spray equipment, and you can master them quickly.

25 acoustic guitar making tips25 Acoustic Guitar Making Tips for Beginners is just as the title implies. It’s a list of great guitar making tips for new builders.

If you are new to guitar making, or thinking about making your first instrument, then these tips are for you.

Anyone who has made several guitars before knows all of this stuff, but that’s the point. This is how you get off to a good start.

free weekly woodworking tipsWith all the free stuff that I give away in my articles, you would be nuts not to subscribe. This is a new post delivery service that sends out my newest tips, tricks, and tutorials every Monday.

The nice thing is that it’s one email, and you can scroll through quickly to see if there is something you want to read. If you want to read more, just click. If you want to save it for later, you can do that too. It’s quick, easy, and not spammy at all.

If you have any questions about Thank You Instagram, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, make sure you Subscribe to my new post delivery service just above. It’s way worth it. Happy building.

Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks

While I publish the overwhelming majority of my woodworking content for free, I also have several books available as well. You can see them on my Available Books Page, and they cover several different woodworking disciplines.

You can also Join the Community, and receive updates from me about new articles, upcoming books, and when I release new books. It’s completely free, and full of great tutorials, freebies, and great content.

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Over 250,000 Words Published!

Over a Quarter Million Words Published!

Here’s another Milestone for Westfarthing Woodworks. I now have over a quarter million words published on the site, which is a ton of free woodworking tips, tricks, and tutorials for you to enjoy. It’s been a pleasure writing and adding to the site, and I look forward to hitting more milestones as time goes on.

Currently, I am working on a Woodworking Tips Cards series, which is a fun way to show woodworking tips. They look like game cards, and have a woodworking tip on them. I plan on making several of these and releasing them one at a time.

I am also spending time writing my new book, which will hopefully be out soon. Between the books and the website it’s a lot of work, but it’s fun to help new woodworkers.

If you have any questions for me, please check out How Can I Serve You Better and let me know what you think.

Thank you, and I look forward to sharing more with you. Happy building.

Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks

While I publish the overwhelming majority of my woodworking content for free, I also have several books available as well. You can see them on my Available Books Page, and they cover several different woodworking disciplines.

You can also Join the Community, and receive updates from me about new articles, upcoming books, and when I release new books. It’s completely free, and full of great tutorials, freebies, and great content.

I’m Having a Baby Girl!

Well, I am very excited to announce that we are having a baby girl. We already have a son who is a little over two years old, and we are soon going to be blessed with another little bundle of joy. This is great news for both of us, because you are going to be seeing more woodworking tutorials geared towards making wooden toys.

New Baby Means New Woodworking Projects

wooden baby rattleI really enjoyed making all kinds of wooden toys for my son, and our new daughter will be no different. There are a few things that I wanted to make for my son that I never got around to, and I hope to share these with you as I make them.

My rattle design is pretty good, but I have decided to make something a little different for the next one. Also, I saw several wooden teething toys that I plan on making as well.

I am sure that my wife will also have a few things that she wants me to make for her. All of these will be posted on the site along with the directions for making them.

It is part of my normal process to take lots of pictures. This is something that I recommend all woodworkers do. It is also something that I cover in depth in my article on taking more pictures. The nice thing about my picture taking habit is that its really easy to turn those images into a nice tutorial for all of you.

Read more “I’m Having a Baby Girl!”

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You now have the ability to get my newest posts emailed to you on a weekly basis! This is a great new feature of the site, and it will automatically deliver all of my new material each and every week.

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You can sign up for the new post delivery service below. Just enter your email address and hit subscribe. Then, check your email and confirm that you really want them. Finally, just enjoy a weekly email with the new material that I posted during the week.

If you are having trouble signing up, or have any other questions about how the post delivery system works, please send me an email and I will be glad to help. All of my information can be found on the Contact page. Thank you and happy building.

How Can I Better Serve You?

How can I better serve you? I have been posting all kids of great woodworking, wood finishing, and guitar making articles, and I would really like to hear from you. Am I helping you with your woodworking projects? Am I providing the type of information that you really need? Help me out by sending me an email, and it will help me deliver the types of articles that are important to you.

how can I better serve youI cover lots of topics on my site. They range from guitar making and ring making, to toy making and tool making. I cover finishing, woodworking tips, and full tutorials.

If there is something about a topic that you need more clarification about, please let me know. I am more than happy to write an article about the topic and clear up anything that you need help with. Read more “How Can I Better Serve You?”

Follow me on Instagram

I have recently been posting a lot to Instagram, and I really love the platform. At first I was not very active, in particular because I did not understand the community very well. Now that I have been able to see what other talented woodworkers are posting, I am thoroughly addicted.

Instagram for Woodworking Inspiration

follow me on instagramInstagram is a great place to meet other woodworkers. It’s also a great place to see what people are making. Inspiration comes from many places, and Instagram is a great way to find your next fun woodworking project.

If you are interested in making something in particular, seek out others that are posting pictures on Instagram. When you find projects that you like, follow the person posting the pictures. If you do this for a while, your feed will be loaded with great looking projects and inspiration for future builds. Sometimes all it takes is seeing the right picture and you have all you need to start that next project.  Read more “Follow me on Instagram”