1. Plan ahead, think your project out before you ever start work. You should have a clear picture in your head or on paper what you want your final result to be before you ever bring out the tools. I am sure before you started you already had an idea but just think it out, if your building a new table how long is it going to be? How many people does it need to set? How wide? What if your planning to add on a room to your home, you already know in your mind how big you want it. What the square foot is going to be, how wide and how long so this makes it easy for the builders to get the supplies they need based on the specs of the design. This is the same concept you should use in all your woodworking projects, have a plan and design upfront with a final picture in your mind so you can have all your tools and supplies handy before you begin.
2. Writers block? Yes it can happen to designers as well. If you run out of ideas for your next woodworking project there are some things that you can do to get the creative juices flowing again. Window shopping anyone? Take a stroll to some of your favorite furniture or antique stores, walk around and look at some designs until you see something that jumps out at you that you would like to build. If that does not work you can always pay a visit to your favorite do it yourself store, they always have plenty of books and magazines on some very nice do it yourself projects.
3. If you are reading this article, then this will probably be your favorite step. Thanks to the advances in technology you can find about anything you need on the internet these days. There are literally millions of designs you can purchase and even step by step woodworking plans that will guide you through the projects, which can be useful for professionals and beginners. There are also a lot of computer design software out these days that you can pick up online or in your favorite computer store, that really makes bringing your ideas to life that much easier.
4. If your not a tech savvy person like a lot of people i know, then you should go old school and just bring out the pencil and paper and bring your idea to life in print before you start with the hammer and nails.
5. Follow a theme in similarity of designs for your home. A unique item can provide some contrast. Style should reflect the personalities of the people who live there.
Source by Shaun Pratt