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Ideas for Beginner Woodworking Projects

Hanging Organizer-You can build, essentially, a wood sign and affix interesting handles, knobs or hooks for hanging keys. You can make one with a magnetic strip for hanging knives in the kitchen. Heavy duty hooks can be used to create a great place to hang bags, purses, coats and backpacks. Simple products like this are great for practicing using a router to make edges and for practicing different staining and finishing techniques.

Birdhouse-A birdhouse is a great place to start practicing creating joints. You can use a router to make slats for creating joints, practice mortise and tenon joints, or practice making peg joints with wooden dowels. You can even leave the back side off of the birdhouse, attach a few suction cups, and display the birdhouse on the outside of your kitchen window. You’ll love watching the nest from inside of the house.

Step Stool-A step stool is a great way to practice making sturdier items that need to bear some weight. Make several sizes to work your way up to building chairs and benches.

Folding Table-Small folding tables are great to have around the house. You can use them to eat on while watching television, or use them as a place to set your drink while you’re working. Some people use these little portable tables all over the house.

Bench-Make a bench for your foyer or yard. Experiment with creating benches that have backs and also ones that do not. Benches are not very hard, but they do require learning about creating braces and cutting at an angle.

Wine Glass Slider-You can use dowel rods or thin pieces of wood mounted underneath your cabinets to make a slide to store wine glasses. This is an easy project, but it will give you the opportunity to learn how to match the stain and finish of your kitchen cabinets. Once you discover the right combination of stain and lacquer, you may wish to build other kitchen items, like a bread box, letter organizer, or pull down recipe book holder.

Wine Bottle Holder-This can be a small structure that sits on top of your counter, or one that hangs from the kitchen cabinets. Larger ones can sit on the floor. Simple projects like this make great gifts and can be painted to give the room personality.

Dog House-Creating a shelter for your pets is fun and gives you a chance to work on projects that will need to be finished for outdoor use.

Tool Box-Make a tool box for yourself to store or transport your woodworking tools. Use a sturdy hardwood dowel as a handle or for hanging things inside the box. You’ll not only find this project fun, but you’ll have a useful keepsake when you’re done.

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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Shop Safety: Woodworking

Woodworking can be a fun and rewarding hobby for anyone. By keeping some basic safety tips in mind, you can enjoy woodworking without suffering injury. Keeping a list, such as this one, posted in your wood shop will help you to remember to think about safety each time you practice your skill.

1) Take your time when you plan your project. Don’t rush, avoid frustration, and keep yourself safe by remembering not to rush. Give yourself a practice run without tools before you begin to cut. Imagine what it will look and feel like before you start so that you’re prepared for what is about to happen.

2) Keep things clean. Sawdust and clutter can disguise accidents waiting to happen. Keep your work area clear so that you don’t accidentally run into something that you didn’t plan on. Giving yourself plenty of space to move around will keep you from getting cramped into a space that is too small to safely work in.

3) Never force a piece of wood through a saw or a drill bit through a piece of wood. Running into nails or other impasses is dangerous and can cause serious injury. If something is bogging down your saw blade or if your equipment is malfunctioning, you will need to stop and clear any impacted debris before you move on.

4) Study the safety and operating manuals for your equipment before you begin. If you haven’t used a tool in a while, review the safety guidelines for that particular instrument before you attempt to use it.

5) Perform regular tune-ups and maintenance on your equipment to ensure that it is ready for use. Use only sharp blades and bits when you work.

6) Store your equipment according to the manufacturer’s directions. Keep equipment covered or put away when not in use so that it doesn’t collect dust and debris. Make sure that parts have stopped moving or spinning before placing them down on a surface. Also check to make sure equipment has cooled down before storing it.

7) Make sure that you wear appropriate clothing that is not loose when woodworking. Hair should be secured. Protect your ears, eyes, lungs and hands when operating any type of machinery. Properly ventilate your work area to minimize fumes and dust.

8) Do not work if you have consumed any alcohol or other substance that could impair your judgment. Keep a clear, calm mind and avoid distraction of any kind.

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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