A Great Man’s Hobby: Woodworking
Has your partner (wife, girlfriend, significant other) dragged you around furniture stores for hours on end looking for stuff? You can’t agree on what you like. All the while the thought is ticking over in your head…I could make something… It would cost less… It would look better… Well, that’s what we like to hear. You’re a man!!!
Getting that one piece of furniture you want or need made by a master carpenter would cost a fortune. Cheap do-it-yourself furniture from IKEA doesn’t last long. Nothing these days seems to last as long as that sturdy, solid cabinet your grandpa built fifty years ago.
So why not give have a crack at making something yourself. You’ve been looking for a new interest. If you’re like me, you have a tonne to tools sitting in the shed that are begging to be used. I still have a router sitting in an unopened box. I kid you not! So if you’re looking for something to do with your spare time, woodworking is an age old manly job, hobby, and art that just might be your catch of the day.
Back in the times when there were more manly men around than wussies, our ancestors made almost everything with wood. They made spears, arrows, and other hunting equipment. Some of the earliest tools were made of wood. Ancient Egypt is believed to be first civilization to use woodworking. Woodworking was essential to build the pyramids. Let’s get back to the basics and be creative by making something that will last our lifetime at least. Please, don’t give up your day job just yet, just work on those manly skills.
Man has a habit of tinkering with something. Whether it is with household electronics, computers, metalwork or woodwork - men love working. In Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, he found that soldiers always fought with each other when they were idle. So he kept them busy all day. So you should keep busy too! We are destined to make stuff. It’s in our blood. Get off your butt and just do it!
Some men like to use woodworking as an escape. They use woodworking as an art. I’m not good at the other arts like painting or music, but I do like working with my hands. There something about putting hours of hard work into something and seeing the final product. Makes you feel like a man!
Seriously? You can make anything with wood. Chairs, tables, cabinets, frames, chopping boards, toys, rocking horses, yard figures, cradles, workbench, billiard/pull table, fence, trellis, bowls, racks, paddles, panels, playhouse, , sandbox, porch swing, etc. As long as you can imagine it and you have the willingness to finish something, you can make it with wood.
I made shelves for my shed, garden edging and a bike rack. Big achievement, right? Well it’s a start. I wasted a lot of wood, money and time (yes, I’m guilty). But I had fun.
For a bit of fun I researched the net. Would you believe that nearly every woodworking site shows you how to make a fish-shaped chopping board? What the? I don’t know why people would want to make a chopping board that resembled a fish. My next task is to make a shoe rack for the garage. My wife’s pestering is starting to get under my skin.
While I’m far from an expert, I have fun “playing”. Let me spare you from making some costly mistakes. Here are my tips for beginners in woodworking:
I remember doing word work in high school. Now days it’s expensive to do courses and I’m more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type guy. It can take a lot of time searching the internet for the perfect woodworking plan. However, not all woodworking plans are created equal. Some woodworking plans aren’t as straightforward as you want them to. Some don’t have good blueprints at all. Some, have difficult to find parts. TheManBlog.Com checked out several books about wood crafting and so far, out favourite is Mark Stuart’s Furniture & Wood Craft Plans eBook. Why?
• It contains easy to follow COMPLETE furniture and woodworking plans.
• That means it has blueprints, a complete tools and materials list, the measurements are in different formats (metric vs. English system).
• Over 9,000 plans + free lifetime updates
• Contains a bonus guide explaining the nitty gritty of woodworking like the kinds of wood, what type of wood to use in a project, the best tools to use, etc.
IF YOU WANT TO SAVE LOTS OF TIME AND MONEY…
Buy The Man Blog’s choice in woodworking tutorial. It will save you a lot of lost time and money. It might also save you a finger. Mark Stuart’s Furniture & Wood Craft Plans will make you become a master in woodworking.
Send us a picture of your next completed project.
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