DIY : The pursuit of makings things out of wood and the satisfaction it brings

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It’s hard to describe the sense of accomplishment that comes from building something with a set of tools and your own bare hands, especially when it is made from of a raw stack of wood.

When we found out my wife was pregnant with our son a few years back, I immediately got the urge to build something to mark the occasion. So, I went online and found the build plans for a changing table with storage shelves. Considering how “green” I was (and still am) at woodworking, it turned out surprisingly well and provided me with an amazing sense of accomplishment. Not only does it fit our needs perfectly but I am proud to tell people I built it from raw lumber, when they ask where we bought it. It has served us well and we will use it again with our next child, due in June.

I am most definitely a complete beginner when it comes to woodworking, with little knowledge and just a few random tools. However, the knowledge to learn and “do” is there. Naturally, when I pulled the “What’s one skill you’ve always wanted to pick up?” card from my deck of 100 writing ideas, woodworking was the easy choice.

There is just something to be said for building something physical and tangible. There is a profound sense of satisfaction looking at a stack of wood and through your own devices making it into a useful object or piece of furniture. I love my job, but most of it involves staring at a computer screen, sending emails, running meetings, keeping things on track, etc. While this can be enjoyable and provide a sense of accomplishment, it’s just not the same.

In the case of the changing table, not only did it provide a deep sense of satisfaction but I was also able to build a changing table that is normally $400 at Pottery Barn for $75 and two days of my time (outside in the sunshine to boot!). Maybe someday, this hobby could lead to a nice side-hustle income!

Anyway, I’ve started to crave that feeling of building something and just want to get better at it. Reading woodworking books and listening to woodworking podcasts are now daily occurrences for me. That sense of satisfaction from physically producing something is a great compliment to my white-collar day job.

2019 will most definitely be filled with the pursuit of making more things out of wood.




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