Welcome To Master Controls Woodshop Channel – An Alabama Woodworking DIY Shop

– Hi everyone, welcome to Master
Control's Workshop Channel. You probably found us because you wanna learn
more about woodworking. On our site, you're
going to find everything from, Do it Yourself Simple projects that you can create with basic hand tools and basic power tools, to
create really great gifts for your families and friends
or even enhance your home. We will suggest different
tools, stains, materials or help you create complex
projects that will inspire you. In some cases, we'll
use some advanced tools so that you learn more and you grow.

Please give us a thumbs
up if you like the content and please subscribe to our channel and then you'll be notified every time we publish something new. (upbeat music) I've been wood working
since since I was a kid but there are some
things that took me years to figure out on my own. Before the internet, if you wanted advice from other woodworkers, you needed to know another
woodworker in real life. Besides my dad and my woodworking
classes in high school, I never knew any. But those days are over now. We have the YouTube, we have
Twitter and we have Facebook to tell us what to do. We can spend hours in discussion
with other woodworkers about why people are using
the wrong kinds of screws or why the brands of tools
we're using are junk. However, if you're new to this hobby and trying to sift through all the noise, maybe you just actually wanna build stuff. I thought I'd share my 42
years of woodworking experience and observations, to help you avoid some of those common rookie misconceptions and give you some realistic advice on what you can expect
as a new woodworker.

Keep in mind, I'm just showing you these elements through my eyes. Personal experiences and
expressing my own opinions. I'm just an average guy
that has been woodworking and just wants to share
with you the knowledge I have acquired over the years. It's funny how many lay people think woodworking involves
pounding a lot of nails. Actually glue is where it's at. I buy by the gallons. Once you've mastered how to
build roads with a square box, you'll be able to make almost anything.

I'm pretty sure that most
woodworkers, a table saw is the most used tool and
the core of their shop. In addition a reoccurring
expenses such as glues, screws, drill bit, sandpaper and the biggest cost of all, the wood. If you're on a real shoestring budget, take the time to look for free Lumber on Craigslist or Facebook. Pallet wood is usually
free and it is an option, but I don't recommend
it for new woodworkers.

It's a lot of work to break
down and get usable boards. So I think the best option
is to buy pine boards and plywood from a big box home center. You need to take the time
to find quality boards, but they are relatively inexpensive. And I think pine is beautiful. It's a highly underrated species of wood. But as a ballpark figure, if
you wanted to build a desk, you could build it for under $100 using pine boards and plywood. If you enjoy making small
projects like jewelry boxes and other decorative things, Lumber cost can be quite minimal. But generally speaking, get into woodworking
because you want a challenge and you love building and you wanna create your
own pieces not to save money.

If you need a dresser, IKEA will almost likely be
cheaper than building yourself, but will it last? But if you build it out of real wood, it should last longer. Now that you have decided
to build something, make sure you plan before you cut. Either download quality
plans or design your own. Blender and Sketchup are
free pro-design programs and learning how to use
them is pretty easy. I personally draw the old
fashioned way most of the time. And oh my God, I didn't
use the internet to do it. But trust me on this one, I used to waste a lot of time and material when needed in my shop,
making up the project as I went along. Maybe making a few crude sketches
with a pencil on the paper that can be very frustrating. Drawing up a 3D plan allows
me to consider proportions and discover design problems before I even turn on a single tool. Even for the simplest of products, I save money on wasted Lumber and I save hours just
fussing around in the shop by sketching up my plans first.

Now don't fear your power
tools but respect them. Building a big project
isn't any more difficult than building a small one. It just takes more time. My method of woodworking is
most affordable by building while still using modern power tools. But in woodworking isn't free. Don't fall into the trap of buying tools, you think wood workers
are supposed to have. Buy tools that you need
and know that you're going to be using on a regular basis. Hey, there's no woodworking
rule that says your tools have to be all the same brand. Every project I've ever made
has problems and challenges. And I've never made anything perfect. Just remember, have fun. Hey, you could have
spent the entire weekend playing video games or watching Netflix, but instead you created
something from nothing that will likely last longer than if you bought it at a big box store. Finding creative solutions
to problems is important. See, there's nothing that you can't fix.

If you don't do a good job sanding, imperfections are going to show
up when you apply the finish and you're going to regret it. But walk everything
through before you do it. Oh by the way, there's rarely any benefit
of sanding beyond 220. I personally use 80, 100 and 220. There are others I use
depending on my need, especially if I want
something with a lacquer and I need to go and hire.

But for the most part,
these are my three main. Lastly, experience is going
to improve your woodworking more than anything else. The more time you can spend
in the shop making things, the more confident you'll become and the better equipped you'll
be at handling problems. Plus, you'll be able to make more informed purchasing decisions on what you discover that you actually need. So that's it, I hope you like our channel. Check out my other videos
for some cool unique projects and you probably won't see anywhere else. Make sure to subscribe
my channel and remember, always measure twice and cut once. Thanks for watching everybody..

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