There is nothing quite as satisfying as being able to say that you built something.
Whether it’s the plastic dollhouse your daughter has been begging you for, the desk you just bought from Ikea or the coffee table you purchased all of the materials for, from your local hardware store, the sense of pride you feel after pouring sweat (and maybe some blood and tears) into a project is unrivalled.
Not to mention the gratification you get when someone compliments your creation.
Though we aren’t expected to be able to build our homes with our own hands or fashion every piece of furniture we own from wood we chopped in our backyards like our ancestors, woodworking is still a valuable skill that is worth learning how to do.
If you don’t have a family member who grew up constructing things with their bare hands that can teach you the essentials of woodworking, it can seem like a daunting skill to learn.
There are many woodworking tools you’ll not only need to learn the names of but also the functions that they are able to perform. When it comes to the main material you’ll need for your projects – wood – there are countless species that you’ll need to have some knowledge of prior to starting your task.
Certain wood types aren’t compatible for certain projects and every single species has its own laundry lists of pros and cons. Without a knowledgeable teacher to guide you into the art of woodworking, you will have to be able, willing and open to teaching yourself.
Thankfully, the internet has made it incredibly easy for a woodworking newbie to become a Do-It-Yourself extraordinaire. With the introduction of websites like Pinterest, even the most wood-illiterate folks of the world believe that they can become a modern-day Bob Vila.
There’s no need to go to the bookstore to buy books or magazines that will teach you everything you need to know about woodworking because there are websites where you can access plans completely for free. Isn’t the internet a beautiful place sometimes?
Whether you want to build a workbench for your garage, a bookshelf for your daughter, a picnic table for your backyard or a dog house for ol’ Rex, there are countless woodworking plans free of charge online.
Dust off the old hammer and nails from your garage and use the beauty of the internet to find yourself a worthwhile project to tackle this spring.