Starting Small

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    I just found out about this site as I was researching what it would take to get into woodworking. I know most of your projects are much grander, but since I am just starting out, I am very proud I was able to plane to square a block of rosewood and make one of the dovetail templates Paul shows in the video below. I made some (mostly) straight cuts with a saw, so I seem to be improving by using the methods I’ve seen Paul use in many of his videos.

    I’m starting to build a small workbench for my apartment, and a larger workbench for a shared space I have access to will follow. I’m hoping in the next few months I can work through some of these master class projects and start to catch up to all of you guys posting awesome projects on this website, time and funding permitting.

    Glad to join the community, and hopefully you’ll see some major improvement in both the scale and quality of my projects in the near future.

    -Tim Anderson, UT, USA


    Welcome Tim, nice dovetail template, good job. Just take your time and enjoy the hole process. Most of us are still learning my friend, enjoy. 😉

    Eddy Flynn

    welcome Tim the beauty of this site is learning at your own pace the woodworking masterclasses has to be one of the only if not the only place ive found that does this ,learn and enjoy

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK


    Welcome! As Ken said, many if not most of us are/were beginners when we joined and Paul is a great teacher. The people here are very friendly and a very mature, helpful atmosphere prevails. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and share problems, the members are a great resource for help and advice!


    Welcome)) Thank you for join us. Its very great to see new people coming. Please post pictures of your projects as we do with ours. I believe when we making and showing others we give some sort of inspiration for making projects.Thanks for join us again and for sharing pictures of your project.

    Toronto, Canada

    David Gill

    Welcome to the site the more people that post the more interesting it is. Starting small is the way to go.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :


    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! I am glad to be a part of this, and look forward to learning more and making more. Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to give back and share advice with others who are just starting like me.

    -Tim Anderson, UT, USA

    Steve Follis

    I made my dovetail template a year ago out of a scrap of walnut. I think it was the first pure hand tool project I had accomplished using a plane and chisel. I showed it off to my kids and they thought I was crazy, lol.

    Congratulations on yours!

    Welcome to this crazy clan! Enjoy the projects, post pictures of them, and have some fun!

    Memphis, Tennessee


    Welcome to the site, Tim. Nice dovetail template.

    You just reminded me that I should get off my duff and make my own DT template. Up until now I’ve been using a craftsman made one that was sent to me as a bonus gift from a ebay auction. I feel like I am cheating since I did not make it myself. 😉

    -Scott Los Angeles

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