By Ryan McCall
Any experienced woodworking will tell you...
There's nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes from creating something with your own two hands!
Woodworking is truly one of the most rewarding pastimes -- or professions -- you can pursue.
However, it's not without its challenges.
So in this brief post, I want to address a few of the most common stumbling blocks nearly every woodworker encounters during their time in the shop.
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It's a question woodworkers -- of all experience levels -- routinely ask themselves... "What should I build next?"
It's not uncommon to struggle with a feeling I call "analysis paralysis."
Simply put, it's when the same questions keep repeating in your head... preventing you from decisively moving forward.
"Where do I begin?"
"What if I don't have the skills or proper tools?"
"What if I lose interest halfway through the project?"
It's okay! It happens to every woodworker, so take a deep breath...
The trick is to keep an extensive catalog of woodworking ideas on hand for inspiration.
Stop telling yourself you have to build them all... because you don't!
The point of having a comprehensive list of ideas isn't to leave you feeling overwhelmed. It's to keep you excited about all the possibilities, so you can always move forward.
I know when I see a beautiful piece of hand-crafted furniture I feel inspired. Inspiration plants the seed in your mind of what you can accomplish.
So never waste another minute wondering what to build next. And if you have to, pick a random project out of a hat...
Just build something!
Remember, every woodworking project - no matter how big or small - is an opportunity to hone your skills and learn from firs-hand experience.
Rule #1 is to simply "stop worrying and get busy making sawdust instead!"
Another common issue I hear from woodworkers of all skill levels is that it's nearly impossible to know in advance the exact steps to take to complete a project.
Similarly, many woodworkers also wonder how to know the precise amount of materials to purchase ahead of time?
I'll be the first to admit that the frustration of dealing with inadequate plans or incomplete material lists still gets my blood boiling.
There is nothing worse than finding yourself in the middle of a project without a clear "next step" to take!
And if there could be something worse, it's when you don't have the right materials on hand to move forward.
To ensure you don't find yourself "stuck," the best thing to do is to tackle projects with crystal-clear, step-by-step instructions and comprehensive material lists.
But you won't find them among the many "free woodworking plans" randomly scattered across the internet.
In fact, sometimes the popular woodworking magazines are even worse than the free plans...
You'll almost always find "missing steps" among the instructions or misprinted quantities on the materials list.
It can be incredibly frustrating... (I know this from my own experience).
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Finally, the other common complaint I hear is that woodworking is too expensive.
Many people see it as an endless money pit.
They'll say, "My wife will kill me if I drag home a woodworking tool that expensive!"
Well, I hate to burst your bubble...
But the truth is you can complete a wide variety of satisfying woodworking projects using common household tools.
Tools you likely already own.
And the best part is...
You don't have to be a master craftsman to use them. You'll be amazed at what you can achieve with only a few basic skills.
In fact, when you make the best of what you have at hand and still end up with an impressive piece of woodworking, people really begin to acknowledge your talent.
It's almost as if you've created something... out of nothing!
No matter where you find yourself today, you can get to where you want to be as a woodworker... quickly and easily. And when you start to see steady progress...
Your life will begin to change for the better.
You see, many of the woodworkers I know who have adopted the simple ideas outlined above find themselves so excited to get into the shop each day that they have a hard time falling asleep the night before.
Imagine confidently putting your woodworking skills on display for others to see. You can do it!
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