No Dearth of DIY Resources
If you are ready to start on your woodworking projects, we suggest looking through woodworking plans, projects and ideas. Your best sources are online sites dedicated to woodworking especially those that sell plans along with tutorials, trade journals and magazines, and even books. You should have no problem learning basic woodworking skills and then honing your craft on a do-it-yourself basis with such an abundance of available and reliable resources. You can also take a look around furniture shops and sites for inspiration. Although the plans for their products will not be made available, you can always print the pictures or take photos of the furniture for later reference.
If you can handle manual tools like the basic hammer and saw, then you can learn to safely and effectively use other advanced manual and power woodworking tools. Your available resources in this regard are the instruction manuals and video tutorials that come with the tools. Better yet, you may want to enroll in a woodworking classes in a community college or vocational-technical school in your area.
Avoid Wasting Time, Effort and Money
Let’s assume that you already have the basic skills in the safe use of the basic manual and power tools used in woodworking. You will now want to determine the furniture or structure that will put your woodworking skills to good use. You will obviously spend time looking at woodworking plans and projects. Lest you start going crazy about building a certain piece of wooden furniture or erecting a particular wooden structure that you fell head over heels in at first sight, stop and think about it. You want to make sure that the amount of time, effort and money you spent on the project will not be wasted – the piece of furniture may be worth throwing into the scrap heap.
Keep these things in mind when choosing from among woodworking plans:
- Assess your level of woodworking skills and then determine the level of challenge desired. You want to finish the project because you have the skills to do so but you also want to be challenged by the complexity of the plan. This way, you will enjoy a deeper sense of fulfillment from going out of your comfort zone but still triumphing over the challenges that came with it. For example, your woodworking skills are basic at best with your past projects limited to simple picnic table-and-chairs set. This time around, your father-in-law requests for a picnic table-and-chairs set but of a different design than your finished project. You may then choose an intermediate level design, say, a picnic table with a hexagonal shape coupled with attached bucket seats.
- Take an inventory of your available materials, tools and equipment. You may have to purchase new items based on the list of materials and tools necessary for the project, which means additional cost. Are you willing to purchase these items? Are the items good investments in relation to their use in present and future projects? For example, the woodworking plan may call for a power tool that you do not have in your workshop. Using cost and benefit analysis, you can then determine whether said power tool is worth it as an investment. Perhaps, you can borrow it or lease it.
You must choose woodworking plans with complete lists of tools and materials, detailed drawings and diagrams set according to correct scale, and step-by-step text instructions, preferably with a video tutorial for the complicated plans. This holds true for both amateur and professional woodworkers especially when it comes to the detailed drawings and diagrams. Even the most experienced woodworker cannot be guessing all the time since woodworking is an exact science in many ways although you can always add a personalized touch.
Fill Your Home with Love
In so many ways, woodworking as a hobby is done with love in your heart flowing to your hands. Each pound of the hammer, slice of the saw and stroke of the paintbrush on wood is a step toward filling your house with beautiful, functional and durable things that speak of your love for hearth and home.
Here are a few ideas for woodworking projects for your home and its garden and yard:
- A wooden dining table with matching chairs will look great in your newly refurbished dining room. Well, of course, new furniture always perks up any space so if you are redecorating the dining room but you want to stick to a budget, just make your own set.
- A wooden baby cradle is certainly a more affordable option than buying a new crib worth $500. Just make sure that it meets safety standards especially in terms of width between slats and the length of the posts.
- A wooden rocking chair for the patio is a nice cozy touch. You can even make it as a Christmas present for Grandma or a new mother, both of whom will appreciate the thought behind your gift and the gift itself.
- A loft bed for the kids is another great woodworking project. You can make maximum use of space in an otherwise small bedroom while also allowing your kids to sleep well at night instead of being cramped into a single bed.
Indeed, you can make virtually any piece of furniture and structure for your home from wine racks, bedroom closets and entertainment centers to storage sheds, tree houses and playhouses. All you need to have are your personal willingness to learn woodworking, your spare time to spend on accomplishing projects and your spare money for the materials – and you are all set!