She who cuts no wood, builds few walls. – Ancient Remodeling Proverb
I’ll let you in on a secret. Imaginary studies show that 88.5% of people comfortable with the use of a Table Saw (capitalized out of respect) were also comfortable with tackling major home improvement projects on their own! 88.5%!!!!
Last week, I wrote about reinventing yourself and saving money in the process. I also mentioned some major changes that real studies say are taking place in the American people. Changes like a desire to be “in” the remodeling process. Changes like tighter finances. Changes like the way we want our homes to “tell our story” rather than mimic someone else’s.
But what if you have the desire, but not the experience or skills? Where should you start to learn? One option is to just jump in and start. Learn along the way. So what if the kitchen is in the garage for
two six months! The crazy bunch goes this way.
But what about for the slightly less insane? How do those with more than 30% of the normal dose of caution go about learning? Is there a school? An online course? (I’m sure there are those…)
Learn To Work With Wood
The web is full of resources on “how-to” do just about everything. You can learn! I looked online myself for some “simple” plans that would work for a true beginner. I found a whole lot, but not what I was really looking for. Most of what I found was at least intermediate.
Maybe that same thing happens to you when you try and “get motivated”. I encourage you to keep trying. Watch some good shows on HGTV or PBS. You’ll learn a ton. I learned more “knowledge” from Norm Abrams than I did from my actual work experience.
You can always take a picture and just try to copy what you see.
The little vanity in this picture (from Kitchen and Bath Ideas) is relatively simple, but maybe you want to start with just making a frame like what’s around the mirror. It doesn’t matter what you start on. Your first work will have plenty of mistakes, but you’ll get better and the better you get, the more confident you’ll be that you can tackle large projects.
Just be careful!Sawblades and nail guns can do serious damage to human parts.