Where to buy woodworking tools is a common question among new woodworkers. In the beginning, it can be difficult to know what you need. You also may not know all the places you can find woodworking tools. Here are a few places to look.
Where to Buy Woodworking Tools
There are actually a lot of places to find woodworking tools. Where you go does depend a little bit on your project type, and what you are looking for, but you can find them in many different places.
In the beginning, it can be tempting to buy all of your tools from one place. While this is fine if you are comfortable with that place, you can save some money and expand your tool choice by combining a few different types of places.
After all, you need to get the tools that will make you successful. You also need to spend your money wisely in order to get the most bang. Depending on what you need, check out one or all of the following places, and you will be happy with what you find.
Woodworking can help you in several other areas of your life, including being more self reliant. There are so many things that woodworking teaches, but the most important is that you can always figure it out. That tends to trickle into other areas of your life. Here is my woodworking and self reliance story:
Woodworking and Plumbing
I changed my kitchen sink faucet this weekend. While on the surface this has nothing to do with woodworking, it actually does in a way. Without the lessons and the confidence that woodworking has built in me, I may not have attempted this myself.
One of the greatest lessons in woodworking comes from figuring things out. For just about every single project that you make, you are going to have to figure things out as you go. Even when you have more experience, you will still run into things that you have to figure out on the fly.
For beginners, this is one of the hurtles that makes some people give up too soon. Woodworking is very wide in scope and very deep too. Each discipline can be a lifelong study that only becomes more interesting and fulfilling over time. There are going to be ample opportunities to solve problems and figure out solutions as you go. Here is the real thing that the problem solving process does for you… Read more “Woodworking and Self Reliance”
Finding tools in antique stores is a fun way to add to your tool collection. Not only are these tools fun to have and use, they are also examples of durable craftsmanship. Searching for them is part of the experience, but the reward is worth it. Here is how you do it.
Finding Tools in Antique Stores
Just this week I had the pleasure of taking a short family vacation to Prescott AZ. We stayed in Prescott Valley, and went into Prescott to spend the day, shop, and eat.
My two kids did really well through all the stores, and even in the restaurant, which is awesome.
My wife and I walked up and down Cortez Street taking in all the small shops and the antique stores. At first, I didn’t even think about looking for tools. However, once I saw some of the older tools that I remember seeing at my grandparent’s house, I was hooked… Read more “Finding Tools in Antique Stores”
I don’t have a lot of fancy tools. I do have a lot of tools, but I don’t own anything that you would consider to be very high end. Most of my tools are from home improvement stores, and others from discount tool stores. Either way, I still get stuff done. Here is why that’s great for any beginning woodworker following tutorials on my site.
Fancy Tools and Woodworking
One of the most interesting compliments that I ever received on my books was from a person who said that they liked how I had normal tools in my descriptions.
He said that it made sense for him, because the task I was teaching didn’t seem like something he would need a new shop to accomplish.
That was one of the nicest compliments and insights into my books that I have ever received, and it sums up the way that I like to teach others about woodworking.
I don’t have a ton of really nice tools, though I do have several tools in the shop. I know that I have more than many, but there are many that have more than me. What I mean by “fancy” is that I don’t own anything that the average woodworker could not afford. My most expensive tool is my band saw, and it was $400. Here is why this is good for you as a reader of Westfarthing Woodworks… Read more “I Don’t Have Lots of Fancy Tools”
If I can do it, you can do it. I am not any more talented than anyone else, nor do I have any super powers. I just really like woodworking, and I have been working at it for a very long time. Here is why this is great for you.
I’m Just a Normal Person Who Loves Woodworking
The simple truth behind why I tell people they can do my tutorials if they try is because that’s all I really do. I just try things.
Most of my woodworking ideas happen as I do something else. I think about it a while, and then just go try it. Sometimes they work, and you end up with a tutorial on my site, and sometimes they don’t.
All throughout my woodworking career I have been really good at having the confidence to try new things. This is really here you can make a big difference in your woodworking ability.
Many people shy away from trying new things because they are afraid they will fail. Sometimes they are afraid that they will ruin some wood. Either way, you should never be afraid to try something new.
Try Something – You Can Do It
I have always said that trying new things is important. In fact, I wrote a whole post a while ago called Try Something New, which explains it on more detail. However, when you try new things, you increase your skill level much more quickly than working with familiar things.
A good way to know if you are doing something that will increase your skills is when the thing you are doing is difficult. If it feels harder than normal, that means you are increasing your skill level at that task.
If what you are doing is very easy, then you are not adding to your skill. The fact that you are already comfortable with the task demonstrates that you know it. In a case like this, look for something else to try that will add to the existing skill.
Just Try It Yourself
You will never really know what you can and can’t do until you fail. This goes for just about everything. There is a natural path that you can follow where you add and add, learning more and more about woodworking. Until you reach a failure point, you really have no idea how good you are.
That being said, just try it yourself. When you see a tutorial that you like, and you think it may be a little outside your comfort zone, be careful and give it a try. Now, don’t do anything that will risk you becoming injured, but find something that you might otherwise shy away from and give it a try.
When you work from the perspective that you will most likely succeed, you tend to succeed more than you fail. Confidence is huge, and if you approach the tutorial or project with a little confidence, you will have a far better chance of winning.
If I Can Do It You Can Do It Wrap-Up
Long story short, feel free to go through my site and know that I am not going to attempt to teach you something that you have no business learning. Everything that I do, including the guitars is designed with the beginner in mind.
Make sure that if you feel unsure about a project, that you at a minimum keep yourself safe during the process. There is no sense in trying something that you are nervous about and hurting yourself. However, once you are fully conformable using the tools, then feel free to try the new projects and ideas here on the site.
If you have any questions about If I Can Do It You Can Do It, please leave a comment and I will be glad to help. Happy building.
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Practice Like It’s Your Job. One amazing thing that learning how to repair furniture taught me is how spending time practicing without stopping makes a huge difference. I still use the same methods today to rapidly learn a new skill. Here is how you do it.
Practice Like It’s Your Job
When I did furniture repair and re-finishing as a profession, I spent several months learning many woodworking and wood finishing skills. The training process was excellent, and it helped us learn what we needed to be successful in furniture repair.
The part that was different for me was how we would spend hours working on the exact same thing.
First, we would be given a chair leg with a dent. We would repair the dent, and bring it to the trainer. If he liked the repair, you were rewarded with another dent to fix.
This process went on for days and days. All we did was repair the dents and dings that we were given on our pieces, and we did it over and over.
Having never practiced that way, I was really surprised at how fast I learned the process, and how well I was able to repair the pieces in the end. I think that the secret to learning this way is the fact that… Read more “Practice Like It’s Your Job”
My Woodworking Tips Cards series has a full 52 cards, which is the same as a regular deck of playing cards. Now, I want to share a printable version that you can use as a teaching tool, and share with others who are interested in learning about woodworking. Here you are:
Printable Woodworking Tips Cards
It has been a pleasure creating and sharing these woodworking tips cards. The woodworking hobby has been a lifelong passion of mine, and seeing new woodworkers get into the craft is very exciting.
There is a large void of people that are capable of doing things themselves, and woodworking is just one more way of teaching people to be self-reliant. When you can use tools well, you can make or repair nearly anything made from wood.
This ability will also trickle into other tasks that you may not have thought of. It can give you confidence. That can-do spirit will spread to other things, and before you know it the skills you gained from woodworking are helping you tackle completely unrelated projects.
This is 52 Great Woodworking Tips for Beginners, which is the final article for the Woodworking Tips Cards series that I have been sharing over the last several months. There are 52 in total, just like a deck of cards, and they can help you become a better woodworker in the beginning.
52 Woodworking Tips For Beginners
Woodworking Tips Cards are a great way to learn about woodworking and they are fun and entertaining. They are easy to understand, quick tips for beginning woodworkers.
Most woodworkers make a lot of mistakes in the beginning, which is very normal. One way that you can avoid mistakes is to read tips.
Tips are usually short lessons that come from failure. When you read about the lesson, you give yourself a better chance of not making the same mistake. Learning from tips will not prevent every mistake, and you may still make the same mistake you read about. The point is to get as much knowledge as possible into your head as quickly as you can, so that you can avoid most of the mistakes. Here are the tips… Read more “52 Great Woodworking Tips for Beginners”
Woodworking tips are one of the fastest ways to absorb information about woodworking. This quick learning method is a secret to building your woodworking knowledge quickly, and with a whole lot less mistakes than the try/fail/learn method. Here is how you do it:
Woodworking Tips and Quick Learning
If you want to learn something quickly, studying tips is a great way to start. Tips are small lessons that another woodworker had to earn through failure.
There is something to be said about learning from your own failures…it stinks. There is also something to be said about learning from the failures of others…it’s much less costly.
When you learn from others, and the mistakes they made, you get the advantage of learning the lesson in a way that is not as damaging.
A lesson can be as simple as buying good wood glue, or as harsh as becoming injured. If you learn this lesson first hand, you gain knowledge. This also happens if you learn the lesson from reading about the mistakes of others. The knowledge still transfers, you just don’t have to go through the damage to attain it. Read more “Woodworking Tips and Quick Learning”
This woodworking tips card is called Measure Twice. We have all heard the old saying to measure twice and cut once. The phrase is said quite a bit among woodworkers, but it really applies to far more than cutting. Checking your steps and making sure you are doing the right thing before moving forward is a good habit to have. Here is how:
We all make mistakes. Most of them come from thinking we are doing the right thing when in reality we are missing something small. Small, that is until we make the mistake, and then it becomes a really big issue.
Once you make a mistake, it can be hard to recover from it in some cases. The best way to work is to check on your progress often, and make sure that you have thought about what you are about to do.
Woodworking is a series of steps. Each step depends on the previous steps to be successful. If you miss things early on, they can creep into the build later in the process and ruin things.
Measuring twice is more about knowing where you are in the process, and making sure that you have done everything you need to do before moving on to the next step. When you do that, you make less mistakes, and you have a much less stressful time with your project. Read more “Woodworking Tips Cards – Measure Twice”