what can a newbie to wood craft build?

im new to building stuff with wood it would be cool if it was quite modern easy flowing

landmanhall8 years ago
Experiment with scraps first. Find out where and why nails split the wood, get the feel of a screw as its ready to snap or split the wood, learn how to handle a handsaw without ruining the edge, get a feel for chisels as it cuts etc. Try to make a simple square box. It will teach you how to measure, cut, glue , clamp, nail, screw and how to do it better the next time. Then you can make a tool box, small shelves, TV stand, speaker box, underbed storage etc. Then try putting a lid with hinges on something youve built. Or you could try a small beginners project from a wood store and modify it to your liking. I take cheap kids projects and carve them in to different decorative stuff. Birdhouses become hinged jewelry boxes that look like little log cabins, a checker board becomes a serving tray for shots, As far as tools at first I suggest a decent hand saw, a good cordless drill/driver, clamps, glue, measuring tape, square, lots of sand paper and a good place to work, maybe a circular saw or jigsaw. Next a tablesaw, a good set of chisles, a plane or two and some jigs will elevate you to a higher level. By the time you can use all of these you will have a good idea of what direction you want to go. Be carefull as most of the tools will cut you, some will sever your limbs and a few can kill you. Good safety glasses are a must as well as paying attention to what you are doing at the moment. Safety is simple common sense! I hope to see an instuctable on a wood project from you!
Kryptonite8 years ago
Don't start big, what ever you build. My first wood project was a wooden plane, it made a great Christmas present for my little step-brother, it was cool as. If you feel competent you can make things like a crossbow, like my friend and I did, it shoots skewers at a deadly speed. ;D What ever you build I hope for the best, please tell me once you've done!
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
what tools do you have?