4 things new woodworkers aren’t told

In “4 Things New Woodworkers Just Don’t Seem to Know,” Matt from MWA Woodworks addresses common misconceptions and overlooked aspects of woodworking that beginners often encounter.

He aims to set realistic expectations and provide valuable insights to help new woodworkers navigate their journey more effectively.

  1. DIY vs. Buying: Matt discusses the popular notion that building something yourself is always cheaper than buying it. While DIY projects offer a sense of accomplishment and can be cost-effective in some cases, Matt highlights that material costs, tool investments, and the value of one’s time can sometimes make DIY projects as expensive as, if not more than, purchasing pre-made items. He encourages viewers to consider the true costs and benefits of DIY woodworking.
  2. Material Costs and Tool Investments: New woodworkers might underestimate the cost of materials and the investment in quality tools needed for woodworking projects. Matt explains that while tools have a finite cost and can be used for multiple projects, the initial investment can be significant. He suggests buying tools as needed and focusing on projects that offer tangible savings or value to justify the costs.
  3. Finding Quality Wood: Matt addresses the challenge of sourcing quality wood, noting that big box stores often don’t carry the types of wood most suitable for fine woodworking. He recommends searching for local hardwood dealers, sawmills, or plywood distributors to find better materials. For those in rural areas, he suggests looking for local sawmills or individuals selling hardwood lumber, which can sometimes lead to finding high-quality wood at lower prices.
  4. The Learning Curve and Tool Quality: Matt talks about the anxiety new woodworkers feel regarding tool selection, emphasizing that expensive tools don’t necessarily make one a better woodworker; they make the woodworking experience more enjoyable and less frustrating. He advises starting with the best tools one can afford and gradually upgrading. Learning and skill development are crucial, and starting with basic tools shouldn’t be a barrier to beginning woodworking.

Matt’s video is an essential watch for new woodworkers, offering practical advice to help them make informed decisions, manage their expectations, and enjoy the woodworking process.

His insights remind viewers that woodworking is a journey where learning and gradual improvement are key to success.

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