New to woodworking woodworkers! Maybe that’s you! We’d like to help you.
When you think you are interested in woodworking few things cause more confusion than trying to buy a dovetail saw or negotiate the mine fields of buying the right tools. With so much information out there it is very confusing because it’s mainly sales outlets who put it the information out and not the artisans that use them. Machine woodworking introduces further conflict because the assumption is that hand tools and machine methods are extensions of one another when in reality the two different worlds take you in totally opposite directions.
We’ve launched Common Woodworking to help you through the maze of confusion. What do you really need to dip your toes in when you begin your woodworking adventure? Well, you may not know this, you actually don’t need any power equipment at all, especially so-called power routers, jigsaws or power saws of any kind to get started. In fact you may choose never to own such things. It’s amazing what you don’t need to make fine things for your home and family. It’s amazing what you can make with about 20 common hand tools. It’s not old fashioned, old timey or in any way to feed nostalgic urges to work with hand methods, far from it. Thousands upon thousands of woodworkers, new and seasoned too, are discovering that hand work is progressive and powerful, inspiring and empowering.
Clearing the decks
It’s brand new. Common Woodworking is currently in its very opening phase and we have done a great deal of work in getting the launch ready. Over the coming months we will be adding fresh content to include updates, exercises, projects and reviews. Behind the scenes, Izzy, our research and content creator for Common Woodworking, connects with Joseph, Phil and myself to develop the specific details and ideas to present them on the site. Remember too, contributing your thoughts and comments will be an active part of the site’s DNA.
With serious woodworkers like myself having relied on hand tool methods for decades, we promote some of the most efficient, learnable and effective ways for working wood. Common Woodworking has been progressing its work to redress the need for good training online for woodworkers. If your quest is to become a knowledgeable and competent woodworker making quality projects from solid wood then Common Woodworking is designed to that end. Join your fellow woodworkers and learn alongside as we investigate what you really need to start real woodworking.
For over 50 years my daily work has relied on about 20 hand tools. The first thing you’ll learn following our Common Woodworking plan is how to sharpen and set up those essential tools. Common Woodworking is currently free as an online resource worldwide.
Note: If you have already signed up for Woodworking Masterclasses you can use the same login details for this site. The two sites are intended to complement each other so we hope you will enjoy using them side by side.