Is your project feeling more tedious than enjoyable? While I absolutely enjoy woodworking as business and a hobby, I have to admit that there have been times when my projects seem uninteresting.
BUT – I have come to the conclusion that the best way to ensure that woodworking projects remain interesting and challenging is to avoid falling into a “RUT”, where you use the same construction and finishing techniques.
Using different materials – like lumber and hardware – as well as different machining methods and wood finishing products will challenge your woodworking skills, plus provide a sense of greater satisfaction with your completed projects.
A perfect case in point is the cigar humidor and tabletop liquor cabinet plan models I have just completed for Klockit. I made the models with Alder, a lumber I had not previously used. While Alder is an affordable alternative to Cherry, it does present certain machining and finishing challenges.
These projects also provided me with the opportunity to re-saw ¾” thick lumber on my band saw for the first time…ever. The cigar humidor provided me with the challenge of edge gluing ¼” thick solid Spanish Cedar lumber panels. These new techniques and methods kept me focused and gave me a feeling of pride and satisfaction I had not felt on recent projects.
Written by: John Cooper
John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing hundreds of clock and furniture kits and plans and has continued with product design since his retirement in 2008. John’s love of clocks, his passion for creating furniture for his own home as well as for family, and his great appreciation for the beautiful finished pieces Klockit customers make from our kits and plans inspire him to continue to create still more new clock and furniture designs.