Ever wondered how the eight year old kid next door has his backyard full of bird houses and feeders, his bedroom full of customized tables, desks, and containers and you are lucky if you do not trip over the power cord when going into the bedroom? Well the answer is that the kid has learned how to make things out of wood and you haven’t. So to at least catch up to him if not at least pass him up, you need to learn how to work with wood or in other words, be a woodworker.
Now working with wood does not require thousands of dollars and a building the size of a house and air filtration systems, but it does take some simple items. This would include a good set of chisels, a hammer, a set of screwdrivers, a drill, a jigsaw, a hand saw, a hand plane, a power sander, and a miter box and all of these can be obtained at your local hardware superstore for under 300 dollars. You will also need sand paper of different grades, hair and foam brushes, water and oil based paints and stains and sealers, gloves and safety googles or glasses, a set of rulers, vises, and paper air filters. Finally you will need some wood, but this will vary depending on the project to be built.
Now for a word of caution, operation of any tool from the most simple hand powered tools can be dangerous if used improperly. So you need to always wear googles when working to protect your eyes. In addition any use of any paint or sealer requires good ventilation and an air mask should always be worn. Finally if you are not sure how to do something ask someone at your local hardware center or research it on the internet before doing it and you are responsible for your own actions as this book is only a guide and not the ultimate resource on how to do things.