Basic Woodworking Techniques Everyone Should Know


Woodworking is a really great skill to learn. Learning to do woodwork will allow you to pursue a variety of creative projects, both for your own pleasure and with a view to selling the pieces you produce. Many people who would enjoy partaking in woodworking are deterred from doing so because of incorrect assumptions about exactly how difficult it is and how much it costs.

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The reality is that anyone can do woodworking. The most basic woodworking techniques do not require anything too exotic in terms of equipment or knowledge. In fact, you can find easy to follow tutorials for the most basic techniques online. The following are the essential basic techniques, the ones that anyone with an interest in woodworking needs to know about.

Cutting Materials

This is the first skill that any woodworking hopeful will need to learn. While it might sound simple, there are several different techniques and equipment setups that can be used to cut different materials for different purposes. Before you dive into any serious woodworking projects, make sure you know what kind of pieces you will be cutting and what equipment you need to do so.

There are three types of saw which appear much more frequently than other types: hand saws, jigsaws, and circular saws. These are the cheapest varieties of saw and are also the ones most commonly used in DIY woodworking projects.

Hand saws are good for making quick cuts. There are different varieties of handsaw for different types of cut. Jigsaws feature a reciprocating blade; they are good all-around saws and offer the simplest way of making unusually-shaped cuts and curves. A circular saw is the most heavy-duty of these three; it is perfect for making very long and very straight cuts.


Once you have cut some pieces, you will likely notice imperfections straight away. Sanding allows you to neaten up any rough edges on your pieces, and it can also be used to make wood smoother and softer to the touch. Wood sanding is an activity that you will learn to love. There is something almost meditative about the process of sanding down wood. After the effort of cutting your pieces, sanding often provides a welcome break.


Once you have all your constituent pieces neatly cut out and sanded down, it is now time to paint them. Painting the individual pieces before you join them together is much easier than painting them after they have been joined together; it also helps you to avoid missing any spots when painting.


Joining the constituent pieces of your woodworking project together can be done using any number of different techniques. For beginners of woodworking, you will mostly use strong wood glue and some drilling and screwing to join everything together.

If you are thinking about entering the world of woodworking, the above techniques are the most fundamental. You should be able to find detailed guides online which walk you through the specifics of each technique.