A few years ago my wife presented me with a wood project plan for a high bed for my son. She had found these plans in a magazine on woodworking. These were great plans with a desk and shelves under the bed. Up to that point in my life I had only managed to build a small wooden cabinet in my woodworking class in high school, many years ago. Rather than respond with a flat no, which is what I was thinking, I had a look at the plans and asked myself, how can I do this? I knew that I had limited power tools and even less experience and skill. I examined the plans and broke them down into small tasks that were manageable. I realized that the largest obstacle would be accurately cutting the plywood. In fact there is no way I could do that. My mindset was to say, how can I do this, so I looked around for some solution. I found a neighbor who had a great table saw and was more than happy to cut up the plywood according to the plan. In fact he was more than willing to help me out in whatever part of the wood project that I needed. With the plywood cut up the whole project went together very easily, as the reminder agreed in cutting pieces of one by three lumber and screwing gluing and bolting things together. In the end, with a little creative thinking, I got the bed built and I had lots of fun. The really hard part was getting past the idea that I could not possibly do this. As it turns out my son loved it and I had the great feeling of having built it myself. Now 18 years later he has finally moved on to another bed, but I was asked to keep it for the future, and I am not going to speculate on that one!
Woodworking is great fun and productive way to relax in today's busy world. I find that it is not so much the skill I have but the, can do, attitude that I take. A good place to start learning is reading woodworking magazines and books in the local library. You can also find web sites and blogs that appeal to you. Most people are more than happy to talk about their hobbies and give other interested people a hand. It has been my experience that subscribing to a DIY magazine really helped me to move ahead and become knowledgeable in woodworking and other interests. You can build your own furniture and other woodworking projects just take that first step and ask yourself, how can I do this?
Source by John V Wright