I love woodworking tips. Especially free woodworking tips. The great thing about tips and ideas is that you can see a large amount of information in an easy to digest format. This helps new woodworkers ingest a sizable volume of knowledge in a small amount of time.
Free Woodworking Tips PDF
As you study woodworking, read as much as possible, including every tip or idea you can find. These will all broaden your woodworking knowledge, and subsequently your ability.
The more you can learn academically in the beginning, the easier it will be to put that learning into practice. You will not be in the dark as much, and you will remember things from your learning as they happen in the shop.
This is my free PDF called 50 woodworking tips, which highlights many things that I learned over time about woodworking. It is filled with simple lessons that are not so simple when you have to learn them the hard way. The guide also shows some of the tricks that woodworkers pick up after a while in the shop.
More About the Woodworking Tips Guide
These tips range from easy ways to find the centers of pieces, to why brad nails are not clamps, and how to solve problems before they become glue covered problems. There are also tips on finishing, buying wood, and the importance of using sharp tools.
These tips will sound obvious to any seasoned woodworker, but that is the point. To a new woodworker, knowing the things that seasoned woodworkers know is a huge head start. It’s like working with an expert, and you can really jump start your knowledge and experience.
Look around online (and in my Woodworking category) for as many articles like this that you can find, and read them all. It will help you tremendously in your quest for knowledge.
Why Woodworking Tips are Awesome
Woodworking tips are awesome for a lot of reasons. As a new woodworker, you need to focus on learning tips as well as techniques. The tips are going to be the easiest, and they are going to get you the farthest.
Tips are easy. That is a huge win. Tips are easy to read, easy to digest, and easy to understand. They give you a quick bit of information, and they are super easy to put into practice when you get into the shop.
Woodworking tips are also typically cautionary tales. They come from mistakes, trials, and wins that were all hard fought by the woodworker that came up with them. The knowledge is covered in sweat, tears, and in many cases blood.
It’s much better to learn these kinds of things academically rather than practically. It’s much better to learn about something that happened to someone else than to be the example yourself.
See the example, don’t be the example…at least when it comes to bad things.
See Also: 13 Myths About Getting Into Woodworking
Get the Most from the PDF
The way to get the most from this woodworking tips PDF is to download it, and then to actually read it. I know, it sounds crazy, but you would not believe the number of people that download things and never read them.
The knowledge inside something like this is huge, but you have to read it in order to gain that knowledge. It will not just jump out and crawl into your head. Download the guide, and then start reading it.
Once you are done, give it a couple weeks and read it again. When you are new, you don’t know exactly what’s important. Once you are a little more experienced, it will read differently than it did before.
This is a good thing, because it means you are advancing in your craft. The more you learn, the more this will happen. This is awesome though, because you get to learn more from the same material on the second round.
How to Use the Woodworking Tips Guide
After downloading the guide, open it with Acrobat Reader (which is available free online if you don’t have it) and adjust the settings. The document is meant to be viewed in a two page spread format, like a standard book.
Click on View, then Page Display, then Two Page View. This will adjust the view so it looks the way I intended, more like a book than an essay.
I have another free PDF guide called the 10 Step Guide to Wood Finishing. This outlines how to use hand applied finishes, and makes an expert finisher out of anyone. For the record, my favorite finish is Tru-Oil, which I explain how to apply in my article, Finishing With Tru-Oil.
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.
If you have any questions about my 50 free woodworking tips, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Happy building.