20 Things I’ve Learned From Woodworking


  • You can spend all day in the shop working, and not produce anything.
  • Sometimes these are your best days.
  • Sharpen, sharpen sharpen. The woodworkers mantra.
  • Never do woodworking angry, agitated or when you need to pee.
  • Relax and take your time.
  • Your projects and your fingers will thank you.
  • If it doesn’t feel safe, it’s probably not.
  • Everyone has a woodworking horror story, scars come with the territory.
  • If you are even slightly squeamish, don’t start this conversation.
  • Nothing hurts as bad as a nasty finish on a well build project.
  • When in doubt, keep sanding.
  • Rejects make great gifts. AKA no one else sees your flaws as well as you do.
  • Tool lust comes with the hobby. Warn your pocketbook early.
  • There will always be something else you need to have.
  • There is always someone who can out spend you.
  • Nothing beats the feeling of a well done project.
  • Except maybe getting paid to do it. AKA Your tool budget just increased.
  • Pushing yourself is half the fun.
  • The other half is the sawdust up your nose.
  • Enjoy yourself. That’s the point, remember?

Author: Peter Brown

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4 thoughts on “20 Things I’ve Learned From Woodworking

  • March 30, 2017 at 5:15 am

    I love woodworking myself and I’m enjoying a lot of times when working. But I always think of the danger so I’m always careful. You need to ensure your safety as well.

  • November 25, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I love woodworking and always pay attention to safety features in my work.

  • May 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Peter, my horror stories also made for the best lessons I learnt. I am a fan of yours since the milk jug mallet video. Thanks for the write-up!


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