Woodworking is both an engaging hobby and a useful skill – and one that’s easy to get into. You can begin a simple DIY project with minimal investment in materials and equipment. Apart from everyday hand tools used around the home – hammer, saw, measuring and marking tools – you could also use a hand plane,heavy-duty saddle and pipe clamps, a drill, and set of chisels. Obtain some scrap or refurbished wood, download the instructions for a suitable project, and you’re set.
One of the best reasons to get into woodworking is its utility. Most of us are capable of performing basic repair and maintenance of wooden fixtures and parts in our homes. Gaining more experience with woodworking improves that capability but also yields a useful object as its end product. It might be something simple, like a bench or a carved child’s toy, but it definitely gives value to the effort you invested.
Wood brings a natural feel and benefits
In recent years, the drive towards sustainable processes has grown almost hand in hand with the design trend towards a simple, rustic aesthetic. Woodworking unites both because wood is a traditional, renewable material, that can be sustainably sourced with minimal adverse impact on the environment in its production.
Going beyond interior design trends, studies show that the presence of wooden fixtures and products improves psychological health, and wooden materials, in general, are able to regulate moisture in the surrounding air – making humid days less so, and releasing some moisture when it’s dry.
A useful skill on its own
Not so long ago, woodworking was considered an essential secondary skill and taught in schools until several decades ago. Young men used to learn this craft as a skill for life. The good news is that it’s never too late to begin. With the increasing popularity of woodworking, there are numerous guides made available online by enthusiasts for all skill levels. At most, you’ll need the ability to follow instructions and work with hand tools.
Unlike drawing or painting, wood is forgiving as an art material – you can make mistakes here and there. Just like full-grain leather, wood can be a timeless material. Scratches, signs of wear and tear and rough handling, can all make it look better, not worse.
Fulfilment from your effort
Nothing’s quite as satisfying as making something that lasts with your own hands – then having others appreciate your work. Display your project proudly in front of your home, or in the main room, so that it gives a strong impression.
Also, if spending hours in the gym cranking out mindless reps isn’t your thing, woodworking is sure to give both mind and body a good workout and improve your motor skills.
Adding value to the home
Many woodworking projects aren’t just beautiful, but also practical and functional. A handmade bench sitting out in your yard is a unique piece that draws attention but also serves its function perfectly as a place for your kids to sit or as part of your woodworking setup. Tool racks can be used both indoors and outdoors and can be both beautiful and handy. Should you ever consider selling your house, the inclusion of such handmade creations can greatly increase the value of your property as well.
Woodworking is an accessible and exciting activity for any skill level and one that can bring a lot of value to your skillset and your home. It might take a few sore thumbs to get there, but it will definitely be worthwhile.