Choosing a project
When choosing what to make, think about….
What inspires you? Is it furniture, upcycling, children’s toys?
How difficult is it relative to your current experience? You may be better off practising your skills on an easy project to begin with.
How big is it? There is limited space in the workshop and you will need to take it home with you after each session.
Found instructions online, or in a book? Make sure you are clear about the process and the materials.
What materials can I use? New or recycled timber, manufactured or composite boards (plywood, chipboard, MDF, etc), unmilled, rough sawn, dresssed… the list is long.
Where can I get materials from? Reclaimed material sources, DIY stores, pallets, timber mills, online auction sites. Have a look online but do remember to check your sources especially if you are looking for hardwoods. Look for reliable labels such as FSC. Check our useful links page for suggestions.
Whatever you choose be prepared to laugh at any mistakes, and cry with joy when you’ve finished and, of course, enjoy the journey 😄