20 Things I've Learned From Woodworking

  • You can spend all day in the shop working, and not produce anything.

  • Sometimes these are your best days.

  • Sharpen, sharpen sharpen. The woodworkers mantra.

  • Never do woodworking angry, agitated or when you need to pee.

  • Relax and take your time.

  • Your projects and your fingers will thank you.

  • If it doesn't feel safe, it's probably not.

  • Everyone has a woodworking horror story, scars come with the territory.

  • If you are even slightly squeamish, don't start this conversation.

  • Nothing hurts as bad as a nasty finish on a well build project.

  • When in doubt, keep sanding.

  • Rejects make great gifts. AKA no one else sees your flaws as well as you do.

  • Tool lust comes with the hobby. Warn your pocketbook early.

  • There will always be something else you need to have.

  • There is always someone who can out spend you.

  • Nothing beats the feeling of a well done project.

  • Except maybe getting paid to do it. AKA Your tool budget just increased.

  • Pushing yourself is half the fun.

  • The other half is the sawdust up your nose.

  • Enjoy yourself. That's the point, remember?