Woodworking is one of the best hobbies around for people who love to work with their hands and aren't afraid to use a few power tools. Wood burning is great for those with an artistic bent, and carving is wonderful for people who like to create great designs in wood. But woodworking is perfect for people who like to build things like bookcases, quilt racks, decorative shelves and other wood items for the home.
Most people who are just getting started in woodworking have seen something beautiful that they wanted to build. While some people might be able to look at a finished piece and figure out exactly how to reproduce it themselves, most of us need a map to get us from plain wood to a finished masterpiece. Woodworking plans tell you how long each piece of wood should be, and give you instructions for finishing your woodworking projects.
There are certain woodworking tools you'll need to get started. You probably already have many of them around the house. Woodworking tools like a hammer, utility knife, screwdriver, chisel and level are common items you can find almost anywhere. Power tools like drills and saws are also necessary to get started in woodworking. You can invest in more complicated power tools once you've successfully completed your first pieces and are ready to tackle more complicated woodworking projects. You won't need to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on fancy tools to get started. Stick with the basics in the beginning, and move on from there.
Of the power tools you'll probably want to have for woodworking, a circular saw is the most important. You'll use this piece of woodworking machinery in practically every one of your woodworking projects, so it's an important investment in the beginning.
Some woodworking machinery is huge and requires a special place in your garage or workspace. The table saw is a piece of woodworking machinery you might want to invest in if you're ready to get serious about woodworking, and if your workspace and budget allow for it. You don't have to have this item in the beginning, though. You can complete many great woodworking projects without spending thousands of dollars on top-of-the-line woodworking machinery.