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Tips for a Beginner Woodworker

Getting started in woodworking? These top tips for a beginner show the importance of getting into good habits right from the start of your woodworking journey. 1. Make Sure you Have Sharp Tools This may seem like an obvious one, but having sharp tools will improve your accuracy and make the tools easier to use.…

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Get Started in Woodworking for under £100 ($121)

Starting a new hobby can be expensive, however with our buying guides, Paul advises you on buying the right tools for your beginners toolbox to help you get started in woodworking. To make the 3 main joints, you will need: Chisels- 1″ and 1/2″(Approximately £15 for 2) Chisel Hammer (£16) Combination Square (£10) Tenon or…

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Dovetail Troubleshooting

We opened up our postbox to anyone who wants to send in one of their first dovetail to get advice as to why it may not be the standard they had hoped for. One of our members, Jenny, sent in her dovetail in return for feedback from Paul which he critiqued in his YouTube video.…

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Woodworking Masterclasses or Common Woodworking?

With so much woodworking information out there, it is overwhelming for a beginner to get started. The aim of our site is to help new woodworkers learn the basics and to build skills which will enable you to feel confident enough to move on to more advanced projects in the future. Common Woodworking was made…

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How to do Woodworking Without a Workbench

Our recent survey found that over 30% of the Common Woodworking audience didn’t have any kind of workbench. To many, this will be the obstacle standing between them and practical woodworking. However it is possible to begin your woodworking journey with nothing but a small collection of tools (see our buying tools guides for more…

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Want Feedback on Your Dovetail Joinery?

We have created our step-by-step courses to suit beginner woodworkers, they have visuals accompanying each step along with a written description breaking down the process. However, you might find that you’ve followed all the instructions but your joint still doesn’t seem to turn out the way you had hoped. There are several things that I…

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What Level Woodworker Are You?

We recently put out a survey to find out a bit more about our sites users. We asked what level each user considered themselves and what projects they have made, if any. The feedback was really useful as it gave us an insight into how our users defined ‘beginner’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’. There was such…

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Where to Start

With a new year comes new resolutions and we hope woodworking is one of yours! It can be daunting starting a new hobby, especially with all the information on the internet, it can be difficult to know where to begin. We want to help those new to woodworking get started by guiding them through the…

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New Year, New Projects

As the new year approaches we have been reflecting on everything we’ve done these past few months. It’s been a busy time for us as we’ve moved to our new building and built our custom garage studio which has enabled us to up our content quality. We also officially launched Common Woodworking, the response has been…

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What’s New?

Since our launch date we have published many more free guides, exercises and courses. We really appreciate anyone who has got in touch over the last few months, your feedback has been used to help improve both the site and our content. Incase You Missed It Glossary We have changed the way our glossary works,…

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