|Forum topic by cabinetman||posted 01-24-2007 07:55 PM||1188 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-24-2007 07:55 PM
I read some of these posts and replies that are directed to some type of woodworking that is thought of as “being beyond that persons skills”. That piece your looking at didn’t happen by itself. Someone had to try to do it. There was more than likely a learning curve or mistakes involved in doing something for the first time, but so what. That’s the fun of this craft. There’s no such thing as failure.
What I’m suggesting is that whatever you don’t think you can make, just look at a finished product, or plan a project, and start out on paper with all the basics. Your thinking will include a basic theory of what you will have to do to have it turn out the way you want. It’s all the steps, right from the beginning as to all aspects of the project. This includes material you will need, tools, and a table top or floor to make it. It’s a progressive method that will take you from start to finish, as long as you keep an open mind. Back in the olden days, before the internet and forums, woodworking was a craft that for the most part was self taught and trial and error was the teacher. The fun part is seeing the project come together no matter how involved or how bad it was. My first handcut dovetails looked like a child did them with the toy tools from the plastic toolbox. They got better with practice. It’s taking the final desired project and saying “What do I have to do to make it”. Then getting started gets you going. If you think you don’t have the correct tools, there are a lot of alternate ways of doing procedures.
Don’t sell yourself short in what skills you think you need. Go ahead and try. There is plenty of help here to answer questions or guide you through. Skills will happen.
You will surprise yourself.