New Woodworking Projects

Starting new woodworking projects can be hard.   I admire people who decide on a project, gather the materials needed and BAM! They’re on their way to creating fine woodworking projects. I comfort myself with the thought that they already have plenty of experience in starting and creating new projects and are confident that they will succeed.  I also tell myself that there are many who, like me, have no idea of what they are doing but are determined to try anyway.

Starting a new project is like hard labor to me.  In fact, hard labor sounds like a lot more fun.  I usually know what I want to do but convincing myself that I can do it is where the trouble begins.  I agonize over all that can go wrong.  My imagination goes off in all directions.  Even when I have a pattern and instructions I hesitate and allow the smallest things to interfere with taking that first step.

Some things that interfere with starting new projects are cost of materials, having a clear picture of the finished product in mind, does the level of expertise match up with the skill required to do a good job, how much time will be involved in completing the project, and the space and tools needed to do the work.

The cost of materials is mostly dictated by the family budget.  Getting the rest of the blocks to starting new projects out of the way is easier taken on one by one.  That being done, I am well on my way to starting on a new fine woodworking project.  And the real fun bigins!                                                                 


Choosing a Woodworking Pattern


Choosing a woodworking pattern can be an important step in creating a fine woodworking project.  There are several things to consider in making that choice.  If you are making something for yourself, you probably already have the object to make in mind.  You are a step ahead.  If you are making it for someone else and they made a request, you are still ahead in the game.  If not, you must consider the person who will receive the gift; what their interests, likes and dislikes, and their wants or needs are.

Once you have figured that out, look at your experience and skill level.  A beginner should choose a simple woodworking project that is easy to accomplish.  Save the complex projects for a time when you have more experience.  Be sure the pattern you choose matches your skill level whether beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Now is the time to decide on your project and start looking for plans or a pattern.  Woodworking patterns and plans can be found on the internet and in woodworking books and magazines.  Look for these things when selecting you pattern:  instructions that are easy to read, understand and follow, logical sequence of steps, drawings and diagrams that are of good quality, and detailed list of materials and tools needed.  Make sure you have the necessary tools to complete the project before getting started.

And all that is left is to purchase the needed materials, grab your tools and get started.  Soon you will have created that fine woodworking project and made someone very happy.  Congratulations!