I've recently got into the woodworking.
So, basically I have to learn from A to Z.
I don't know things about woodworking safety too.

Now I have two options:

  1. Go to the woodworker, pay up the money and learn from him.

  2. Learn through Youtube.

First one seems more proper way and more safe, but I'm a student so I'm in a budget.
Second one seems more inappropriate but I can save the money.

Which one do you guys recommend me to do? How did you guys learn the woodworking?

  • Consider how much your budget will be hurt when you lose a thumb to a tablesaw because nobody showed you how to safely use one or watched you while you were learning to catch dangerous situations. – Daniel B. Oct 5 '17 at 18:32

Now I have two options.
1. Go to the woodworker, pay up the money and learn from him.
2. Learn through Youtube.

  1. Books.

If you're on a budget you can learn woodworking without any direct teaching (and this process can continue for the rest of your life if you want or need it to). There is a long tradition amongst amateur woodworkers of self-directed learning, starting with reading an continuing with practice and experimentation, and it's far easier now than at any time in the past because of the Internet..... although please don't make the Internet your only source of information :-/

However it is much much faster to learn from a good teacher for most people. But it's important to realise that not every professional is going to be one. They of course have a lot to teach, but they may not be very good at getting it across — some people are born doers, others are born teachers and it's widely recognised in various fields that the two things often don't go together.

I'll say it straight out, YouTube is a terrible way to learn woodworking if it's your only source. Unless you're extremely careful1 you'll pick up many bad habits, and some outright dangerous working practices. This is especially true of American woodworkers on YT (sorry American SEers!) who routinely pay little or no mind to accepted safety measures. Note: this includes a few of the Big Names in TY woodworking2, not just random guys working in backwoods shacks.

So if you want to learn safe working practices for power tools be very careful from whom you pick up working habits. You do want to exercise due caution with hand tools3 but while you can hurt yourself with those the injury would rarely be life-changing or life-threatening. Accidents using major power tools, the table saw especially, are often major and can easily be fatal.

Please read the following:
How do I prevent dangerous kickback on a table saw?
Table saw safety devices

1 And it's difficult to be selective until you know more which is a catch-22 situation.

2 I probably can't name names here because of what follows, but next time you peruse YouTube for woodworking content pay attention to the Americans using the table saw, look for the use of a blade guard and riving knife. Chances are both will be missing (frequently both) which is unacceptably dangerous and frankly there's a case to be made that it is criminally negligent in a teaching environment.

3 Chisels especially, always cut away from yourself.

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    +1 for always cut away from yourself. sounds obvious, but sometimes it seems so easy to disregard "just this once." – aaron Sep 25 '17 at 11:47
  • +1 for the caveat about youtube. Some of them do have videos about the lack of blade guards, splitters, riving knives, etc, but if you don't know that those videos are there, it's easy to miss them. – mmathis Sep 25 '17 at 15:25
  • Safety is over-rated. Though I do miss hitting F1 and the left Shift key... – 3Dave Sep 26 '17 at 18:54
  • Yes, safety is the one of the biggest reason that I want to take a lesson from a professional woodworker. Maybe my mind is now set to pay tuition. Thanks for wonderful advice. – Sambo Kim Sep 27 '17 at 2:16

Woodworking is a work that makes peace of mind or practice.

I am a carpenter in the school period specialist furniture, graduated 20 years of woodworking is still a leisure and social hobby.

It is necessary to use the tools, and to be able to safely operate the tools, which is the need to be properly taught and concentrate on their own learning and time to stack experience.

I propose to pay tuition fees to carpentry vocational training institutions, the benefits of a short time to learn the basic skills of carpentry, you can also get the initial national certification for the work of the license.

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Hope this answer will help you.

  • Yes it helped me, thanks. I should save some money and pay the tuition I guess. Picture looks nice by the way! – Sambo Kim Sep 25 '17 at 7:38
  • Look for evening classes at your local college if you can, or some other kind of short course where they get you to build a jewellery box or something simple. You can learn a lot from books and youtube etc. but nothing can really replicate having an experienced woodworker helping you out/showing you what to do. It needn't be super expensive. – WhatEvil Sep 25 '17 at 16:09

You don't have to pay someone to learn how to work safely. Youtube, books/internet, and a critical mindset should be sufficient.

Starting small projects with hand (as opposed to power) tools will teach you how wood behaves. From there, keep taking small steps.

  • So taking this process will be the key point. Thanks :) – Sambo Kim Sep 25 '17 at 7:36

Now I have two options.
1. Go to the woodworker, pay up the money and learn from him.
2. Learn through Youtube.

  1. (or 4, given Graphus' answer) Join your local makerspace and/or woodworking club.

Makerspaces will likely have many of the usual woodworking tools, and will probably require you to demonstrate the ability to use them properly before allowing you to use them. If not, they'll likely require you to take some kind of safety class at the very least, and many may also have additional classes on usage and advanced techniques. These makerspace memberships cost a lot less than school tuition, and as an added benefit, you don't need to buy tools immediately.

Woodworking clubs probably won't be as structured, and classes will probably be more rare, but some of the WW clubs do offer them. Safety, techniques, etc. You may be able to connect with a woodworker close to you, who might be willing to let you use their tools. Being in the group environment, they may also share knowledge about safety practices, techniques, project ideas, etc - especially for materials available (cheaply) in your area.

  • Thanks! In the city where I'm living, it is hard to find woodworking club :( – Sambo Kim Sep 27 '17 at 2:18

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