My first piece of "real furniture" is almost done. It is just a small cabinet (no photos in this thread) The only woodworking I've done in the past 10 years or so has been small items, pens, pendants and such. I have learned much from this current project. Here's my list.
1. Don't use that bottle of glue that has been sitting in the closet for 10 years. New glue works much nicer.
2. Have a real plan before you begin. Don't design on the fly.
3. I don't care what your building....You will need more clamps.
4. Wood putty should not be your most used tool.
5. If your shop is in your garage....Park your wifes car outside before you start sanding.
6. Take your wifes car the the car wash.
7. When you think your done sanding....your not.....sand some more.
8. If your can of stain is oil based and the can says cleanup with mineral spirts....buy some, because soap and water does not work.
9. If you have a box of gloves.....use them
10. The more you hurry... the longer it takes.
11. Enjoy it as much as I have! LOL
My project will certainly not win any prize but I enjoyed working with wood again. That's made up for it all.