As you probably know, The Wood Whisperer has always been focused on mid to high level woodworking. I like to think we are welcoming to beginners as well but rarely do we make content aimed directly at a person who has almost no tools and no experience in the shop. That is, until now. With the help of my wife Nicole, who stands in as “the beginner”, we’ll show you how to make a simple but elegant blanket ladder using a very small and basic set of tools. In fact, the entire set costs less than $500 and will serve you well on future projects too. While Nicole has been around woodworking for the last 15 years, she has almost no personal experience. Her questions guide the discussions and should prove useful to anyone who is new to the craft. This video is LONG with a lot of conversation and explanation. If this isn’t your cup of tea, consider sharing the video with someone you’d like to see get into the craft. We feel this is an excellent starting point.
In the video we reference two other videos you might want to check out: Block Plane Tune-Up and Applying Rubio to Furniture.
These plans feature measured drawings and a cut list.
The list below represents the tools I selected specifically for this beginner series. Many of them maybe be things you already have in your house or garage and all of them can be used again on future projects.
If purchasing pre-surfaced material from the big box store, you’ll want THREE 1 x 3’s. Although they are called “one by threes”, their actual dimensions will usually be smaller and the thickness will actually be 3/4″, which is exactly what we want for this project. You will then cut those three boards into the following pieces. Be sure to consult the PDF plan for more detail.