Woodworking Basics


Women-Who-Woodwork-country-design-styleIf you are reading this anywhere near the date this Woodworking Basics post was “re-published,” I sitting on a beach in Hawaii.

Without sawdust in my hair!

As you check out my video below please realize I did the video for my first website Homa Style.  You can read about why I changed from Homa Style to Country Design Style if you wish.

Woodworking Basics video for women who have never picked up a power tool and feel bit intimated…or a great deal intimated.

Let’s get started and get comfortable with the feel of the router, sander, drill or whatever power tool you want to start with.


The router I’m holding…and almost dropped, in the video is a Ryobi 1.5 horse power corded. I’ve had it for about 17 years…wow!

Just now figured that out!

The router is my dearest woodworking tool because of all the designs you can configure. But router bits are expensive! I made a router table but rarely used it. Now that space is at a premium in the little workshop it was demolished and turned into something else. Shelves…I think.

Hope this video helps with any trepidation you may have starting up a power tool.  If you comfortable using woodworking tools or just starting out, follow along…we will be getting into more details, tips and plans.

Also please let me know in comments how I did in the video…

yes I really want to know!

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  1. Hi there

    I’m just starting out with woodworking, and am thinking of buying a router, so the video info was really valuable to me. I did look at one a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t even think to check if I could reach to turn it on, and it was a little on the heavy side, so I figured I’d keep looking. Having watched the video I will certainly have a better idea of what to look for, are there any particular makes other than your’s that you would recommend?

    1. Hi, I replied by email but wanted to leave a brief note for any other readers interested. I suggest major brands in tools with features you need and that feel comfortable in your hand. I usually pick tools in a medium price range. I don’t need large tools to build a house…yet, but I want something that will last. Hope that helps. ~Jeanette

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