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Diy Woodworking Projects - Do You Have What It Takes?
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Every woodworker loves to have new, diy woodworking projects that are not only fun to work on but also have great functionality and are practical to use around the home. If you are not yet a woodworker, you may be wondering if you have what it takes to be a diy woodworker. I'm here to tell you that you do. Below are some examples of diy woodworking projects that I took on when I started my woodworking hobby.

What diy woodworking projects did I start with when I first got into woodworking? A bird house? A rocking horse? Nope. A six drawer dresser. Why take on such a daunting woodworking project as a beginner? There are a couple of reasons.

1. I was newly married with a new house and we simply needed a dresser for our bedroom but did not have several hundred dollars to spend on a new one.

2. I simply didn't know what I was getting myself into as a beginner.

You see, I had been watching Norm Abram on the New Yankee Workshop for a while and stupidly I thought to myself that if he can build a woodworking project like this in a thirty minute show then surely I could do it in a few hours. Six long months later I finally finished. Well, it wasn't that "long" because I enjoyed myself along the way. I had fun building it. And the best part is, when I was finished I had a nice, functional piece of furniture for our bedroom that we still use today.

Diy woodworking doesn't require you to be blessed with some hidden talent that you might think only some people are born with. It is a highly teachable skill. If Norm Abram can set a table saw fence at four inches and push a board through, why can't you? Woodworking just seems intimidating to beginner because they don't know where to begin. They don't know the exact steps to take a diy woodworking project from beginning to end.

I can certainly relate. I had the same problem when I started my dresser. I needed some plans and I needed someone to show me step by step. So, that is what I did. I ordered some plans and a video to go along with it. I took it one step at a time and six months later I had a nice looking dresser and an extensive amount of knowledge that I could use on my next woodworking project.

That was the last time a needed a video for building a specific diy woodworking project. I do occasionally watch videos on new woodworking techniques but that is about it. And of course I'm not nearly as slow as I was on my first project. With the knowledge that I have learned from following plans for diy woodworking projects I now typically draw up my own plans for my own projects.

A few more examples of the kinds of diy woodworking projects that I have done since my dresser are as follows. I have built a cabinet stand to set my tv on in the living room, a window seat with drawers underneath our bay windows in our bedroom, shelves for our laundry room, an L-shaped desk for our office, and I am currently working on an a solid oak entertainment center for the living room that will only cost me about $200 in materials but would cost thousands to buy from a furniture store. More on this diy woodworking project coming soon.

So, do you have what it takes for diy woodworking projects? Of course you do. Get some plans. Watch a video. Take your time and just have some fun building great things for yourself, your home, and your friends


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