According to research, 46% of homeowners have struggled to hire a tradesperson for their projects and repairs. Whether you’re looking to start some projects at home without outsourcing during a cost-of-living crisis or want to capitalise on the shortage to earn money, we’ve put together a few tips on how to start woodworking.
- Acquire some expertise
It might sound obvious but the first thing you need to do if you want to start woodworking is get some knowledge and expertise. To start with, get a flavour of general carpentry by buying some books and magazines. They can teach you some of the more basic skills and you can start gaining some understanding.
While you’re reading, you’ll probably find some project inspiration along the way – whether that’s a cool new desk or how to create a breakfast nook!
- Get the right tools and materials
Once you’ve done some research, it’s important to get the right tools for the job. After all, a bad workman will always blame the tools! It’s a good idea to get a range of different hand tools. Rather than making multiple trips to your trusty hardware store, if you can afford to do so, buy them all in one go.
Once you have your tools, you’ll want to invest in some materials like plywood and sealant resin to fill any gaps. That way, you’ll be able to craft all sorts of cool and quirky things!
- Set up a workshop space
Unless you want to get into serious trouble with the rest of your family, you’ll need to set up a dedicated workspace where you can learn your craft without interruptions. And without getting dust and debris all over the house.
Once you’ve chosen the ideal spot for your workshop (a garage or shed works best), all you need to start churning out projects is a sheet of plywood and some sawhorses. If your passion for woodwork ignites, you might want to consider moving to something a bit more permanent, like a sturdy professional workbench.
- Start with something simple
Once you’re ready to start building something, it’s a good idea to start simple and work up to something more elaborate. Wooden benches are a practical favourite and shouldn’t take you too long to create if you put your mind to it.
If your kitchen cupboards always look messy, a simple spice rack is another neat project you’ll be able to complete without breaking too much of a sweat.
As the challenges of hiring tradespeople persist for homeowners more people than ever are venturing into the world of woodwork. By investing in the right tools and materials, establishing a dedicated workshop space and starting with simple projects, you can not only enjoy a new hobby but save money at the same time.