As mankind has developed, a greater degree of skill in woodworking has also developed. Many early tools and hunting gear were made of wood in addition to dishes, furniture, idols, and even coffins. Some very early woodworking tools included axes, chisels, and pull saws. Joints were strengthened using dowels or pegs. As the art of woodworking started to evolve, generally locally available wood was used.
The phrase “do it yourself” (DIY) is used to describe the recent trend in which people take on projects themselves as a recreational and creative outlet. DIYers also realize great savings.
Although DIY is a rather new term, it actually dates back to early days when people were involved in every aspect of maintenance or making their material goods. In recent years with the explosion of technology (video, internet, etc.) there are many places from which you can gain knowledge to do it yourself! Whether it’s a playhouse, fort, or doll house for your grandkids, a garden shed for the master gardener in your family, repair work around your home, or any of dozens of other building and woodworking projects, you can easily find the resources to do it yourself!
The first thing you will need is a plan. Today blueprints with step-by-step instructions for these types of projects are readily available on-line, at your public library, or at your local hardware store. There are even building and remodeling companies that help you save expenses by allowing you to be involved in the actual labor at different levels. Your savings is determined by the level at which you are willing and capable of participating.
Once you have your plans in hand, you will need to determine exactly what tools and materials you will need in order to complete your project. Tools need to be maintained in tip-top shape for the best woodworking results. This entails keeping them clean, sharp, oiled, and in proper alignment. It is best to care for your tools after each use. Materials should be chosen according to the project you wish to complete. Choices include hardwood, softwood, or man-made materials such as plywood. Solid wood is usually used to build furniture while man-made materials are commonly used in the construction of cabinets.
With easy to follow step-by-step instructions, blueprints, the right material and tools, you can build the woodworking project of your dreams! Your friends and family will think you spent thousands on a professional contractor to complete your project.