A woodworking forum is a web based informational resource where woodworkers come together to discuss all aspects of woodworking, from projects to techniques to projects again, and answer questions. This is just some of the valuable information you can ever ask for as a beginner. At first, you’ll have to do quite a bit of educational learning to catch up with the other skills involved in woodworking as well. But it all gets easier and more enjoyable when you’re actually out building things with your woodworking router, hand saw, and hand drill. You can start building projects very easily when the right forum exists to share the information with other woodworkers.
A woodworking forum often exists where members can create blogs that provide insight and discussion on woodworking issues. You will find a section of this forum dedicated to discussion of books and DVDs. If you own a couple of these, or are planning on becoming one, these are a great place to share your knowledge with others. You may also get inspiration for your own future woodworking projects from the advice of other woodworkers who’ve found your blog. And since the topic of woodworking is so wide, any woodworking project you plan on doing can be shared by many other woodworkers.
Many woodworking forums have a section devoted to the history of different styles of woodworking, as well as how the various styles differ from style to style. There is also quite a bit of information on tools and equipment, including how to care for them. Forums often include a little bit of history about the people who have built the equipment you’re looking at using, and this can be a little bit enlightening. You may even find some information about some vintage tools you may not have heard of, which can provide you with some additional excitement.
For those who want to join in woodworking discussions online but aren’t really all that serious about the hobby, there is an area devoted to these individuals. These are generally called woodworking forums, and you’ll find many of them on the internet today. They’re similar to message boards but instead of posting messages, you’ll post questions and get answers from other woodworkers. There are a couple of differences between these types of forums and message boards, however, and I’ll describe those below.
Unlike message boards, in woodworking forums you won’t usually be allowed to leave messages for other members; you have to participate in the discussions. But unlike message boards, you can leave a profile, and there are a couple of things you can do with that profile. You can include a link to your website, or a blog if you have one, and/or include some information about yourself. Some woodworking forums also allow you to leave a comment, so you can become a little more famous among other woodworkers.
One of the main reasons that people join woodworking forums is to interact with other woodworkers who have similar interests. If you’re a beginner to woodworking, maybe you should start a topic asking how to lay boards, or how to build birdhouses. But once you’ve answered the question, then maybe you should go off-topic and talk about things like: “building that dog house” or “how to decorate an old shed.”
Some woodworking forum sites actually allow you to leave an email address so that you can receive the latest updates, posts, and comments regarding a specific topic. This is a great way to stay in the loop as far as new projects and techniques are concerned. You can also learn about off-topic stuff, such as: “building that sliding door,” “learning how to paint a doghouse,” or “building that new chicken house.”
It’s really interesting that these websites allow us to post our email addresses along with information that we think other woodworkers will find useful. In fact, we can all benefit from being part of a woodworking website. Many woodworkers are looking for freelance work, or job opportunities services, in their area. If you have skills in many areas, perhaps you can offer your services as a woodworker consultant, woodturner, carpenter, plumber, or electrician. You just might make some money doing this! Just imagine what it would be like to be hired by someone in your own town or city and begin working on projects right in your own backyard!