By far the quickest way to learn woodworking is to buy a book that has a whole bunch of pictures or videos illustrating the process in a particular shape, such as a table or a chair. This is not a cheap thing. The book will be filled with diagrams, with lots of pictures of how everything fits together. If you have the money, I’d recommend a good quality manual for around $50. However, if you don’t have the means to spend that much but still want to learn, then I know a couple of teachers who can teach you in a month.
For me it costs less than $30 and I have learned to work with wood in about four months.
If you have more patience (and money) I would like to recommend a book specifically for woodworkers called Woodworking With Power, but in the meantime you can try the other books, which usually have more pictures or illustrations.
The basic rule is that if it takes you less than a month to learn, I am very sure that it’ll take you a couple of years to become proficient at woodworking.
How do I start a woodworking project without any experience?
You can start any kind of project if you don’t already have any – with a bit of work you will be working with wood pretty much without any experience. If you have a plan, you can always find it if it’s within your budget, but you obviously need to be determined to start doing it. If you can’t figure out what you want, you will probably just have to start working on it yourself.
I once spent 20 hours working on a plan to build my very own home. When I got to the point where I had all the wood pieces I needed I just started hammering. When I was done, I was completely sold, and I’ve spent the last 6 years doing it.
A good plan can save you a lot of time and money. However, as long as you have time to start then you should start. You can always look for work around the place and find an opportunity, but if you’re like most people you don’t have enough time to go looking for that opportunity every day.
What are some places to find interesting or good woodworking projects?
I always check out furniture shops – you might want to ask about woodworking or see what they have. I’ve read several magazines that include interesting furniture projects, so I’m usually able to find anything I want.