20 Things I’ve Learned From Woodworking

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?

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. I’ve spoken on the phone with Jim Morgan and I’m just
    blown away by his simple and effective strategy to
    make money using his basic woodworking skills.

    He started his woodworking business with NO capital,
    a few shop tools, and a lot of nerve, in a small
    10×20 foot space and grew it into a 1,400 space in
    the first few months while still remaining as a
    one-person business!

  4. I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic. I need to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  5. I have been running my woodworking business for more than a decade. I like to work ensuring overall safety and this is the reason I didn’t face any major issues at this time. I believe if anyone loves his work, no accident can harm them. I like to play songs and start work as I’m the most relaxed person in the world. lol. Some of my clients complained that I’m late to deliver projects. I asked them about the finish and the quality, they smile!

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