By Rob Brown
Photos by Rob Brown
1. Produce Something Tangible
Just the act of having something to show for your time spent in the shop is a large reason why many woodworkers work wood. I bet they generally don’t even care what they’re making or who the project is for. They just want to be able to emerge from their shop after a session with something to show for their hard work.
2. A Nice Change
The daily grind – no matter what you’re doing – can take its toll over the long haul. Having something to trick your mind into completely letting go of what you did at your day job, and what’s waiting for you tomorrow, is a wonderful thing.
3. Make Functional Items for Our Homes
Creating interior woodworking projects like furniture and accessories is a big reason why our readers work wood. Whether it’s something they just couldn’t otherwise find, or they just wanted the opportunity to casually mention “I just made this” to dinner guests, making projects for our home interiors is satisfying. Outdoor projects like a bike jump or a deck don’t usually have the tight tolerances that most indoor projects do, and that’s a great thing.
4. Home Improvement
From functional to decorative, DIY home improvements are very common these days. Even improving a home for resale happens very regularly. As long as you have the knowledge, a lot of money can be saved by doing something yourself, while the satisfaction of a job well done is immeasurable.
5. Make Gifts
Whether it’s small Christmas or hostess gifts, or large wedding and birthday presents, making things for others is a lot of fun. We’ve all started making a Christmas gift way too late, but I guess we enjoy the pressure for some strange reason.