Common Woodworking Mistakes

Common Woodworking Mistakes

Common Woodworking Mistakes

Feb 19, 2024

Woodworking is a rewarding hobby, but it can be frustrating when you make mistakes.  Here are a few common woodworking mistakes to avoid:

Work Habits

  • Rushing. It's important to take your time when working with wood.  Rushing can lead to mistakes, such as cutting boards too short or misaligning joints.
  • Not following instructions. If you're following a plant or tutorial, make sure to read it carefully and follow the instructions exactly.  Mistakes can happen when you try to improvise or skip steps.
  • Not using the right tools. The right tools make a big difference in the quality of your work.  Make sure you have the proper tools for the job and that they're in good condition.


  • Not flattening your stones enough. Waterstones and other sharpening stones will dish in the middle if you don't flatten them regularly.  This can lead to uneven sharpening and dull edges.
  • Using too many strokes. When honing an edge, you don't need to use dozens of strokes.  A few well-placed strokes will do the trick.  Too many strokes can actually dull your edge.
  • Not using a lubricant. When honing an edge, it's important to use a lubricant, such as water or oil.  This will help to reduce friction and prevent the stone from dishing.

Mistakes can be frustrating, but they're also a learning opportunity.  By learning from your mistakes, you can become a better woodworker.

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