Learning Carpentry — Wood is a DIYer’s Best Friend

When you look at this bathroom, what do you see?

Easy woodworking projects combine to make a perfect bathroom retreat.

  • Beautiful Open Shelves?
  • An open ceiling that exudes authenticity?
  • Refined and inviting paneling on the tub surround?

Yes, yes, yes, yes… all of these and more are there. All combining to create one awesome bathroom you want to spend a little extra time in.

Do you know what I see, besides all of that? I see wood . Lots and lots of wood.

Wood Is A DIYer’s Best Friend

Beautiful. Easy. Very forgiving. These are just a few of the reasons I love working with wood.

  • Don’t know how to finish drywall? Consider wood paneling.
  • Don’t know how to cut and install tile flooring? What about a wood floor? (see photo again)
  • New granite counters rocking your budget? Think about all the furniture you’ve had with a wood top surface!

There are four basic concepts to master when working with wood.

  1. You have to learn to measure and cut right.
  2. Learning to shape wood adds design flexibility and pizzazz.
  3. Nailing, Screwing, and Gluing are an art unto themselves.
  4. Ye must finish well. Paint, Stain, Varnish, etc. (and, argh, sanding!)

If that sounds like a whole lot, fear not. Baby steps. The first step is clear.

Master The Saw…Master Your Destiny

The average tool shed has 43,000 indispensable tools (rough guesstimate). Of those, only a few hold within them the truly sublime power to change your life and they all share the same name, with a few variations.

  • Table Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Jig Saw

Master these. Make them, as you would a fine musical instrument, an extension of your very soul and you will find true joy in your life. Add a decent air nailer and it just doesn’t get any better.

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Happy Remodeling!

~ RG


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