If you have been looking for a great new hobby to make your weekends (or weekdays) more exciting (and productive), you may want to try one of the most satisfying DIY projects ever: woodworking! Woodworking is essentially just creating great things from scratch.
The idea behind DIY woodworking is quite simple: most pieces of furniture are too expensive if you buy them from stores.
If you are willing to spend a few hours producing something from raw materials like MDF sheets and pine boards, you won’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for new cabinets, tables, chairs, etc.
You might be surprised as to how inexpensive it is to put together a large piece of furniture. For example, did you know that you can make a brand new queen sized bed for just $100 or less?
Wood is relatively inexpensive; the price goes up when you want something that has been crafted with wood. Amazingly, you can put together durable, and stylish, furniture yourself with the use of woodworking plans
Woodworking plans are created by woodworking enthusiasts and designers with one thing in mind: to teach people how to replicate a woodworking project.
The first thing that you should look for in woodworking plan is the list of materials. A good woodworking plan should contain two sub-lists.
The first sub-list gives you an idea how much wood is needed to create the item being described in the plan. The second sub-list, on the other hand, will tell you the tools that you need.
This is extremely important, because it is in this part of the woodworking plan where the designer will share with the reader what kind of saws and adhesives to use.
Yes, woodworking requires the use of adhesives! While it is true that wooden pieces can be joined by nails, screws, and small hinges, adhesives (wood glue, specifically) are used to seal small cracks in the resulting framework.
Some woodworking plans come with 3-D drawings (let’s face it: some woodworking enthusiasts are very tech savvy!). 3-D drawings are nice, but they are not extremely necessary for the success of a woodworking project.
It is actually more important to pay attention to the written instructions than to look at the images, because 3-D drawings are rarely perfect, and it is actually more difficult to follow a woodworking plan without having some text to refer to.
Pay attention to the exact measurements needed, and be sure to note any special instructions (such as adding adhesives or spackle).
Also, it is a good idea to check the original source of the woodworking plan before starting a project, to make sure that there aren’t any updates or changes.
Sometimes, woodworking enthusiasts update old designs to streamline production time, reduce overall project costs, and so on.
If the woodworking plan that you have is in digital form, it is highly recommended that you print out the plan so you can look at it when you are actually working on the project.
I have nothing against tablets or laptops, but if you have to bring expensive equipment into your workshop while you are working, that may not be the most efficient (or safest) option.