Every woodworker has projects he or she wants to get to. I’m pretty sure it’s the natural order of things, truthfully.
I personally think most woodworkers get started in the craft because there’s something they want and they can’t find it or can’t afford it or something like that. In truth, I’m no exception. I just wanted various good quality pieces, things my family could pass on for generations to come. I came into despising what I call our “disposable culture.” I wanted to have better than that.
I still do.
But the truth is, building stuff like that takes time and skill, and skill is a product of time.
As such, my first projects need to be more about building skill than creating perfectly stunning home furnishings or decorations. That and they need to fill a basic need in my shop area, which will be outside, for the most part.
So, here is my project list:
- Tool restoration – I may or may not have some tools that need some TLC. I live in an area with high humidity.
- Workbench – A given. I’ll post later about my thoughts on that one, though.
- A tool chest – I need to protect my tools better, and I think a proper tool chest will help with that.
- A tablet stand – I have a 10″ Kindle Fire that I can use not just for reading text, but also for looking at tutorial videos. I just want something to help it stand upright but I don’t want a case or anything that will get in the way while reading in bed.
- Various shop tools – In fact, this might work its way up because, well, you always need shop tools.
In addition to actual projects, I’ll also start piddling away with any scrap I can get my grubby little paws on. I might start putting out a call for pallets anyone might have lying around. While pallet wood isn’t necessarily great, it’s free and that makes it pretty damn great, right? Even if it’s not fine hardwood, it’ll still be something I can practice dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery on at its worst.
Practice makes perfect, which means I need to practice.
Along the way, I have to teach myself to enjoy the process, to love the feel of the wood as a plane goes across it or the saw cuts into it. If I can do that, then I’ll be good to go soon enough.
On every level.