Just what is Get Woodworking Week? The idea started as many great ones do… late at night in a bar. At a gathering of woodworkers, we were sitting around a table asking ourselves, “How can woodworking be saved?” After all, with most schools no longer offering a shop class, millions of school age kids might not ever get the opportunity to work with wood. Add to that the trend toward ‘disposable’ furniture, built out of particleboard or MDF and designed to last until the next big design trend change, we were wondering if the appreciation of finely-crafted furniture would continue to be lost.
That’s when the idea hit me – we needed a special event to get folks off the sideline and into woodworking as a hobby. That’s where the idea of Get Woodworking Week comes in. Woodworking bloggers across the Internet are banding together to gear their sites toward the novice or soon-to-be-novice woodworker. They’ll cover topics as diverse as how they got started in the craft, which tools a beginning woodworker needs (without breaking the bank) and what techniques are essential to start with. There will be discussion about how to find wood on the cheap for projects, what sources of information are reliable and how making mistakes can – and do – make you a better woodworker.
I just loved this video from Scott Morton, done for the 2012 Get Woodworking Week.
Great resources for new woodworkers:
Wood Magazine’s Basic Built Series:This is is Wood Magazine’s initiative to provide simple, yet high-quality woodworking projects that can be completed with a minimum number of tools and skills. This site covers a wide array of topics – from how to find furniture worthy wood to where to find the best deals on tools. The inexpensive projects offered run the gamut from shop fixtures to tables, seating and casework.
Fine Woodworking’s Start Woodworking: Fine Woodworking magazine offers a comprehensive site geared toward beginners. Loaded with plans, videos and articles on the basics, this site has much to offer the budding woodworker. And, what a great selection of projects there is – with something for nearly every room of the house. Check out the Q&A section, offering expert advice for woodworkers of all skill levels.
Popular Woodworking’s I Can Do That: In every issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, the “I Can Do That” column features projects that can be completed by any woodworker with a modest (but decent) kit of tools in less than two days of shop time, and using raw materials that are available at any home center. Be sure to download their .PDF manual first before you get a start on things.
New To Woodworking: Marc Spagnuolo, the Wood Whisperer, understands that it’s OK to be a Noob. That’s why he put together this impressive site for the up and coming woodworker. He’s sorted through his site and found the best articles on shop set up, technique and projects with build-along videos.
NewWoodworker.com: Tom Hintz is no longer a new woodworker, but, believe me, his site will help steer any new woodworker in the right direction. Before you buy a new tool or select a spot for your shop, be sure to pay this site a visit and soak in the knowledge.
The Hand Tool School: If power tools aren’t your bag, why not give hand tools a go? Shannon Rogers of the Renaissance Woodworker runs the online Hand Tool School where you can learn how to unplug and get woodworking. There is a fee for the site, but you will be part of an online apprenticeship that will teach you the basics… and more advanced skills.
Watch this spot for exciting articles from the 2013 event.
Some links for Get Woodworking Week 2012:
- Mike Siemsen, The School of Wood: There’s a hole in the bucket! Getting started woodworking with hand tools. -
- Short Bus Woodworking: Get Woodworking Week – Pocket Holes?
- Tumblewood: Get Woodworking Week is here. Get to it!
- Woodworking in Paris: La semaine Get Woodworking du 5 au 12 fevrier… (en Francais)
- Close Grain: Jim Kingshott’s DVDs and Books
- Ravinheart Renditions: Get Woodworking Week 2012
- Uppercut Woodworks: Video Post #10: Get Woodworking Week with Red Toolbox Kits
- Digital Woodworker: Getting started in woodworking – Tools with a Japanese flair
- Stu’s Shed: Colour my (shed) world
- Woodshop Demos: Analysis paralysis
- The School of Wood: There’s a hole in the bucket! Getting started woodworking with hand tools.
- The Wood Whisperer: How to install a drawer knob
- A Slice of Wood Workshop: What to Build?
- The Village Carpenter: Just do it!
- The Renaissance Woodworker: Get Woodworking… NOW!
- Wood Magazine: Beginner techniques
- The Sharpening Blog: Basic Sharpening Notes
- Hardwood to go: Tips for buying lumber for your next project
- Giant Cypress Blog: The Shellac redemption
- Woodcanuck’s Blog: So you want to be a woodworker?
- Wood Chuck’s Workshop: Shellac, this beginner’s favorite finish
- Brownell Furniture: Getting Found Online
- Bucks County Craftsmaster’s Blog: Football is over. So, now what?
- Might as well dance: Woodworking: where to begin?
- The Wood Lab: Don’t let shop ‘shortcomings’ stop you!
- The Joiner’s Apprentice: Preparing rough stock for a project
- The Penultimate Workshop: Peter Get Woodworking
- Matt’s Basement Workshop: Get Woodworking Week 2012
- The Digital Woodworker: Building a Japanese workbench
- The Wood Ninja: Get Woodworking
- Stu’s Shed: Humble Beginnings
- Giant Cypress: What it takes to get a kid into woodworking
- The Renaissance Woodworker: Get Hand Planes
- Watkins Wood Works: To sharpen or not to sharpen?
- Uppercut Woodworks: Get woodworking Boy Scouts
- Flair Woodworks: Every shop needs a Br’all
- High Rock Woodworking: What happened to shop class?
- The Garage Shop: Get woodworking again
- Woodworks by John: My contribution
- The Joiner’s Apprentice: Simple Dovetail Box
- Woodworking for Mere Mortals: Shop Cabinet
- Scott Morton: Teaching the kids
- The Garage Woodshop: Blunt Instruments
- Giant Cypress: One last item for Get Woodworking Week
- WV Woodshed:Get Woodworking Week
- The Corner Workshop: Take the plunge