Woodworking for Everyone

When people think of woodworking as a hobby, they think of a spacious workshop with lots of expensive tools. However, getting started in woodworking doesn’t require a big budget or a large supply of tools. With just a pocket knife and a chisel or two you can create a variety of objects. The library has resources to help you whether you’re just beginning or have a lot of experience under your tool belt.

woodworking hand toolsHand Tools

You’ll find a nice variety of basic woodworking books at call number 729.1. Even if you’ve never hammered a nail, books like Woodworking: Techniques & Projects for the First-time Woodworker offer good introductory information with clear instructions and plenty of photos. With a few simple tools, you can learn whittling, relief carving and chip carving.

Power Tools

Woodcraft Magazine

Available through Flipster

If you’re looking to take the next step up from hand tools, we have books dedicated to power tools. From the basics of using power tools to using routers, table saws, lathes, and scroll saws, there’s something for everyone.

While books are great, sometimes you just need to watch someone demonstrate what you’re trying to learn. You’ll find several good DVDs in this section too. Also  check out Woodcraft Magazine through Flipster. By logging in with your library card, you can read issues going back to 2015 and you can print articles and instructions.

Basic Workshop Set-Up

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the tools and supplies available at local hardware stores. I asked one of our staff members who’s been a woodworker for years what he recommends as basic, inexpensive workshop essentials. In no particular order, he recommends:

man using drillNow that you’ve chosen your tools and gathered some basic supplies, you’re ready for some projects. We have books on wood carving, birdhouses, toys, furniture and outdoor projects. Some can be completed in a day or two, others are more complex.

Whatever your skill level, the library is here to help support you as you learn woodworking. Check out the titles below for more ideas.

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Brea Black is the Art Librarian and Book Arts Curator in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. Her favorite thing is to share the wonderful world of artists' books with the community. She also leads the Arts & Crafts team and teaches workshops on bookmaking, altered books, and a variety of crafty topics.