Why Woodworking is a Perfect Hobby

To kick off discussion I would like to talk about woodworking as a whole. I believe everybody should try woodworking, as it teaches you much more than you would think. The lessons I have learned from working in my wood shop have truly been enlightening, and I would like to make a case for why you should give it a try.

 

It Forces you to be Patient

I will not sugar coat this, woodworking is NOT easy. There is a large learning curve to some things, at first things like sharpening and sanding feel tedious, and the propinquity to dangerous tools means you can easily get hurt. But the beautiful part of this is that it forces you to slow down and thing about what you are doing. The number one way to get hurt in the shop is to rush. Even when you don’t get hurt, a rushed project comes out poor nearly every time. Sanding, sharpening and resharpening tools, finishing, these are all exercises in patience. If you can quell your desire to move to another project and give your current one the time you need to make it great, you will end up with something worth being proud of.

 

It is Fulfilling

People go through their day to day life in a haze. Really think about this question, what was the last thing you did today that meant something to you? Not just “I went to work, and that means something because bills”, something you did today that fulfilled something in you. I imagine it’s difficult, and that’s okay. We all do this. But every once in a while, it is nice to be able to step back and see the fruit of your labor. Putting that last coat of finish on a project and stepping back to admire your work is an incredible feeling, even if your project did not come out perfect. Working on a difficult project makes you feel awesome when you finally figure out how to tackle it, and that is where the fun of woodworking lies. And on that note…

 

Most Importantly, It’s F@#$%&* Fun!

Of all the reasons listed, this number one. Why make something your hobby if it isn’t fun right? Woodworking is a good challenge mentally and physically, you learn how to make beautiful things for dirt cheap, and you constantly impress yourself with your abilities. Experiment a little, work with new materials like resin, and don’t be afraid to try things you might think you can’t do yet. If you do this, you will never be bored as long as you are in the shop.

 

Project for Today

Today I want to share with you a (somewhat) recent project I completed. I made this cutting board as a mothers day gift. The main wood of the board is red oak, the dark strips are mineral stained poplar, and the wood in between those strips is a spalted maple I milled a while back. I usually use this makers mark for blacksmithing projects, however I don’t have a makers mark for woodworking projects quite yet so it will do in the meantime. Here is the board:

Mothers Day Cutting Board

Mothers Day Cutting Board

Mothers Day Cutting Board

I hope you like it, I was rather proud of it all things considered. I also did not use a single power tool producing this board, so for all of you who think you can’t make a cutting board without a jointer and planer I urge you to try it out. It’s a pretty good challenge.

 

Alright, that’s it for now. Let me know your guy’s thoughts on what I should post about in the future if you have any ideas. I have a few posts in the works, but I want to see what you want. Thanks!

 

-Quinn

Song Suggestion

Snuff by Slipknot

As with last time, give this song a chance before passing judgement. It is beautiful.

An Introduction

Hello all! As you can see, I am in the beginning stages of getting my space set up, so please be patient while I get things together. In the meantime, I will be writing (mostly…) every day to get some content out there to those interested.

About me

I figure I owe everybody some sort of intro before we get started here. My name is Quinn, and I’ve been a hobby woodworker for close to 4 years now. I have been helping my father with projects such as building tables and furniture for my whole life, however I never got serious about it until 4 years ago. I enjoy using hand tools more than power tools, but there are a select few (I’m looking at you, lathe and drill press) that I couldn’t do without.

Why am I here?

I made this as a way to talk about my love of woodworking, old tools, and maybe share some projects and tips to inspire all of you to get out in the shop and make something. I have also been thinking about including the title of a song/band at the very end of each post as a suggestion to those interested in expanding their music taste, however I do not want to get off of the focus of this blog. I will include one today and go from there, and if you have an opinion on whether I should continue this or not speak up and I will change accordingly.

Final Notes

All this being said, I want to keep this casual. I am more than happy to respond to any questions anyone might have, and if I make a point you do not agree with then call me out on it and explain why (in a civil way of course, I will not tolerate BS). I am new to this, and feedback is invaluable. That’s all for now, expect some content and a slightly more organized blog in the near future.

 

-Quinn

Song Suggestion

The Stellar Sunset of Evolution, parts 1, 2, and 3, by Wretched

(Disclaimer: Do not judge this band by the album cover, give it a chance first before passing judgement!)

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