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The Benefits of Woodworking

Woodworking is simply the creation of objects from wood.  You can create almost anything you want using wood, from furniture to objects of art.  You can create big projects like building a log cabin or just carve wooden toys for children.  Try your hand at a number of different projects to see what type of woodworking suits you best.  It is an interesting hobby with plenty of benefits, let’s take a look at the benefits of woodworking.

Carpentry

Some people choose woodworking as a career path and decide to become carpenters.  The use their skills on a variety of projects, some work for themselves and others work for a contractor.  In today’s world it is a job that is constantly in demand and it can pay very well.  Self-employed carpenters have the luxury of picking their own jobs and setting their own hours.  Other carpenters work in the construction industry and work can often be seasonal,  and you’re at the mercy of your employers ability to find a project.

Woodworking as a Hobby

Woodworking is a very physical hobby and it can help you to stay in shape, there is lots of physical activity keeping you healthy.  For those that enjoy working with their hands it can help you to relax and take away the stress that comes with everyday life.  Woodworking can help keep you physically fit and that is good for your overall health.

DIY Projects

Have you ever gone to a furniture store and looked at tables or cabinets and thought the prices were incredibly high for something that was of inferior quality?  It happens to everyone when they go to look at furniture.  Quality pieces cost a small fortune, especially those that are made locally.  What if instead of paying all that money for lesser quality furniture pieces like coffee tables, end tables or patio furniture you could make these things yourself?  Furniture, particularly the well made quality pieces have an enormous markup.

You can’t try and make these pieces yourself and save the money that you would spend on high end furniture.  For simple projects like a picnic table you can buy a kit and just put everything together yourself.  As your skills improve you can graduate to bigger projects and more complicated pieces of furniture.  There is no doubt that there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that you completed a project all on your own and created a beautiful piece of furniture.

Easy Woodworking Projects for a Beginner

If you’re new to woodworking and want to try your hand at a couple of projects but you aren’t sure where to start then you’re in the right place.  These are some easy projects that will help you sharpen your skills and get you comfortable using the tools that go with woodworking.  These are easy and ideal for a beginner, let’s have a look at some easy woodworking projects for a beginner.

Candle holder

Want to make a creative candle holder? You don’t need too much stuff to craft this rustic candle holder. A pair of horseshoes and a chunk of wood are the only elements that you need. Firstly, clean up the wood and the horseshoes. Measure and mark the wood to be drilled for candle holders.

After drilling the spaces on wood, nail the horseshoes to each end. Sand the wood to smooth out rough edges and give a matte finish. Finally, add the five candles on the drilled spaces to complete the candle holder. Voila, you’ve just added a touch of country look to your home.

Wooden arrow wall art

Do you want to decorate your wall with an intriguing artwork? If yes, try wooden arrows. You need a miter saw, pencil, tape measure, right angle, craft wood (24 inches long, 1 by 4 inches thinner), safety goggles, wood stain, drill, and mending plates.

Cut the wood into half. Mark the centers horizontally as well as vertically. Now center the 45-degree angle on that mark. Cut the wood at the 45-degrees mark to make one part of the arrow. You’ll need 2 boards of 24 inches long to complete one arrow. If you want to make 3 arrows, you’ll need 6 boards of 24 inches long.

After cutting, paint the wooden arrows to your preferred color. Once the paint job is over, add mending plates to the back of the arrows to keep them together. Finally, hang them on the wall and enjoy the lovely artwork you just created.  Here is a video tutorial for you to follow.

Wooden door mat

You need a 2 by 2 mahogany or cedar wood (four feet long) to make this lovely mat. Buy at least six planks of wood for a bigger mat. Make holes in each of the planks using a drilling machine. Sand the wood to smooth out the edges. Now apply a coat of finish for a better look. Lace all the planks with a rope. Make sure to tie a knot between planks. Within no time, you’ve created a rustic wooden door mat.

Bottom line

Complicated woodworking projects warrant specialized knowledge and experience. However, there are easy projects that you can do on your own. Just stick to the above DIY projects, and you could show off your wood working skills to your friends and loved ones while adding functionality and elegance to your home.