Well, let’s hope not, because it’s really tricky to learn. I have a lot of time on my hands, but I’m not all that good at it. I know I can get better, I just need more time. Nowadays most people learn woodworking because they think its easy to do and get decent jobs doing it. Well, it probably is and it’s certainly a lot more interesting than if you learned on the garage bench. But it’s hard.
But what about the shop skills?
Most of what I do is handcrafting. I tend to use different colors and textures and different shapes. I love making things with things that other people have made. I like making furniture because it’s just so simple. I can make a chair and it’s just a chair. You can do it. So I usually will build something from a box of wood. I really like making things. It’s relaxing, I don’t have to worry so much about that stuff right now.
Which materials are you building and how are you preparing them?
Most of the stuff I build in this shop is made out of recycled wood so it’s pretty good quality stuff. I build a pretty large number of different types of cabinets and tables. I think that’s good because those things actually really last so I can use them for a long time and not have to buy new ones every 10 years.
I have some really beautiful mahogany shelves. That’s the one I prefer so far. I’m planning on using them to make some more tables in the shop so that’s something I’ll keep working on.
When we were working on the shop you suggested some more “proper” materials that I haven’t built yet. Where are you coming from on that?
It’s definitely something that’s been bothering me the whole time I’ve been doing this. I mean, if I’m going to spend 20 hours a week working on furniture I think I have to use at least one item that comes into the shop on a daily basis.
Is that what it’s like to have a business like this? Do you get to choose what kind of materials to use?
There’s a lot of research to be done on what makes good furniture and how the materials are made. So that whole material selection is a long process. Also, it’s expensive.
What about that first time when you went to see a home made project at work and you came
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