What is a good first woodworking project ? A great question and honestly the best project to start out with is
the first one you build. A bird house, a box, or maybe an end table, it really doesn't
matter where you start it only matters that you start. I have never bought into the idea that you have
to build this or do that when you start woodworking because the best teacher has
always been hands on, so your craft will evolve with the projects you build. And in ten years both your knowledge
and skill will be greater then today. But as you go through this progression of projects always try to
push yourself to do something that will test your abilities, a new joinery technique, a different finish, or
maybe a string inlay, it doesn't matter just believe you can. Always believe it and apply it and this is how
you grow as a woodworker.
It's more a matter of guidance when you are first starting out, and in this day and age you can find good free
project plans online, just stay to sites that are reputable like Fine Woodworking, or
Popular woodworking for example. These are all great sources for detailed plans.
Places like Youtube I think are bad for a beginner, and before you get upset hear me out.
While there are creators there who get it right and you should listen to them, there is also a lot of misinformation that is scary at best. And when you are just starting
to learn you really don't know who to listen to, making it easy to be misguided. So I would avoid social media places like this, or any google search that claims to
have an abundance of free woodworking plans with titles like Ted's for example. The best advise I can pass on to anyone who just starting out is one
word, " Patience ". Because without it that's when you make mistakes and or find yourself doing things that are subpar. Don't rush it, so what if it takes you
longer then the other guy. Most master pieces weren't built over night.