Like any other form of education learning the art building woodworking projects come in three basic levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced.
The basic level woodworking products start with small hobby-style projects such as bird feeders, knife blocks, and extra shelves. These are the basic woodworking projects where the enthusiast learns the baseline techniques of measuring, cutting, and assembling that will be of use as he progresses up the ladder of increasingly challenging projects.
The second category involves a more precise fit and finish type projects, as well as larger projects. These frequently center on handmade furniture and small area remodeling projects that turn poorly planned space into clever additions to the value of the home. New skills are brought into the equation, such as cabinetry and joint carpentry. Of course a more extensive set of tools is also required.
The payoff is two-fold, the first is the satisfaction of a well built project and let’s not forget about the value of the finished products. Beautiful and unique new furniture can be obtained at a fraction of the cost of modern factory-built products. Assessed home values can be increased by adding custom touches not available on otherwise comparable properties.
At the top of the woodworking projects pyramid is found in the largest projects, primarily those that involve the construction of entire structures. Think about an affordable vacation home up by the lake or that detached garage you have always wanted. Maybe you could add an upstairs apartment that will provide a welcome space for visiting family.
Few other hobbies offer the same personal satisfaction and financial opportunities as woodworking can. The satisfying lifetime journey starts with the hammering of a single nail.