We have been at this for several years now and learned quite a lot in the interim. Look for more articles, projects, and videos on
This is a very old website.
The content is always relevant to the particulars of woodworking as these ideals never change. Do the best you can and endeavor to do better with the next project.
This site rarely sees an update and is kept alive in order to keep my longstanding email address the same.
I encourage all of you to go out and make things. Create something that your neighbors and friends think are useful. In the end, you will discover that it is the guy in the mirror who matters most.
Onward to the old site
Woodworkers! Does your passion for creation exceed your current ability? Beginner woodworkers face a large learning curve and basic instruction is hard to find. We are still on this path and can save you a lot of time.
West Hills Wood offers tips on:
• Building your tool collection from absolute zero
• Using the tools you have safely and efficiently
• Projects that help you gain experience
• Projects you can build with young children
• Beginner woodworkers philosophy to maintain perspective
• Ideas for projects and tools of value on the second step
Visit our PROJECTS section for updates on what we're building.
The internet is loaded with sites and information for people interested in woodworking. But the information on most sites runs right past most beginners. Have you noticed that all their joints are tight, all their cuts are straight, and all their finishes are perfect?
As true beginners in the world of woodworking, we searched the internet for beginner woodworking ideas, tips, and help but were quickly overwhelmed by sites far above our level. "Keep practicing" they all say.
Here at West Hills Wood, we'll show you our practice, talk us both through a project, and laugh at our results together as we work toward a better woodworking project. The information provided here is specific, clear, and complete.
Our collection of tools when we started reflected ten years worth of home ownership, consisting of a hammer or two, circular saw, handful of screwdrivers, power drill, and cordless drill. And we had a fair amount of completed projects around the house.
As our home projects grew, so did our toolbox. As out confidence grew, we'd add another tool and complete another project. We needed a guitar stand, music stand, and book shelf. So we built them and discovered we liked both process and result.
You will no doubt encounter many of the same beginner woodworking adventures we have. Great! We'll learn from it and move on together.
Pros and more serious hobbyists might shake their heads at the stories, projects, and advice found on these pages. But they'll probably also smile when recalling their days of being beginner woodworkers.
Enjoy the journey, you will never be this bad at it again.
Custom Walnut/maple tall end table