There’s no doubt about it — 2020 was a difficult year for many people in many different ways. Thankfully, now that 2021 has arrived, we all get to take a moment to reflect on the past year and plan out the one ahead.
Perhaps you’ve made it your resolution to try a new hobby in 2021. Maybe you’ve had your tools and your woodshop for a while but haven’t had time to spend in it. Whatever the case may be, at Long Island Woodworking Supply, there’s nothing we love than seeing people put their tools to good use! That’s why in today’s post, we’d like to provide you with a bit of inspiration to help you kick the new year off right. Keep reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of some essential woodworking tools for your next project, shop our online tool supply shop today.
Come Up With a Plan
If woodworking is your hobby, the really great thing is that you get to take it all at your own pace. After all, it’s supposed to be fun! There’s nothing in the world quite as satisfying as putting a coat of oil on a finished product, watching the grain pop, and admiring the results of your hard work.
Of course, it can also be easy to have ideas for projects that never come to life. There are plenty of distractions, but the truth is that sometimes coming up with a plan can be just what you need to really get to work. In other words, our suggestion is to grab a piece of paper and sit down to organize your goals, your project ideas, or even your schedule to ensure that you actually get to enjoy some time creating.
It’s all about having fun, and if you’re beating yourself up for a hasty glue-up, a stray chisel mark, or some other mistake that no one except for you is likely to notice, it stops being fun pretty fast. Taking the time to create something with your own two hands is a wonderful and beautiful thing — and there’s no faster way to dislike the process than by being too hard on yourself.
The best woodworking advice you’ll ever get is to treat everything as an experiment. If it doesn’t come together the way you thought it would, don’t stress out about it. If you don’t like the end result, don’t beat yourself up. Learn what you can, come up with a better plan for next time, and then keep moving forward.
After all, whether you’re creating a project for your home, as a gift for a loved one, or to meet a specific need, you’re the only one who will be scrutinizing your work. At the end of the day, take the time to appreciate the fact that you made something yourself instead of purchasing it at the big box store — and that it will last for many years to come instead of until the first time you spill a drink on it and it falls apart.
It Doesn’t Matter How You Start — Just Get Started
When it comes down to it, no matter the type of woodworking you want to do, the most important thing is to just get started. Find something that sounds fun or will be useful around the house, make sure you know how to use your tools safely, and come up with a plan on what you can get done in one session. From there, plan out your next session in the woodshop. Before you know it, you’ll have a completed project to start off 2021 on the right foot. It doesn’t get much better than that!
The Online Tool Suppliers You Can Trust
At Long Island Woodworking Supply, our mission is to provide people with the workshop tools they need — and the encouragement to make something great. From woodturning tools to finishes to bandsaw blades to woodburning kits, we have everything you need to get your project started.
Browse our website now to find the products you need, place your order, and we’ll get it to you as quickly as possible so you can have your best year yet. Happy 2021!