0landmanhallBest Answer 10 years ago ReplyUpvoteExperiment 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!