1. Find an inspiration
Nowadays, one cannot be obsessed with time management. We are all obsessed with a hurry because time is money. Such concepts as express courses, fast food, high-speed Internet, etc. have become familiar. Even on weekends, we often look for the opportunity to take a cup of coffee and dive into as many daily duties as we only can.
However, such a “caffeine” approach in the woodworking workshop does not make sense. If you see the next project as an opportunity for self-realization, and at the same time invest your inspiration in the project, this will become a natural way of restoring you mental a physical health after the working week.
2. Hand tools are your friends, don’t abandon them
Highly automated woodworking equipment is fantastically useful for speeding up many processes, but in most cases, the final version of the product inevitably requires manual refinement. Look at your product through the eyes of the user or buyer. Try to think what tools can make it look the way how you (a demanding customer) want it to look. And you will inevitably find out that there is still something to work on with your hands.
3. Invest in good equipment
Everything has its time and place. High-quality tools should be in your workshop. Cheap and pretty much useless tools have their place in the trash can. If you are not a masochist, then you should choose new equipment and tools carefully. Because it is a determining factor of your success.
Many people stop woodworking and go to another business because of this. In his case, they believe that they are doing poorly due to their skills. But the truth is simple. They didn’t pay enough time for their tools.
There is a lot of inexpensive equipment in a modern oversaturated with offers market, but you can rarely find something good. If you are low on budget, then you have to be especially careful when choosing tools, perhaps for you, it is better to buy some high quality used equipment. After all the hammer is a hammer, it will get the job done, no matter how many people owned it before.
4. Explore successful products
Wood is a very flexible material. This is why most engineering solutions in woodworking don’t rely on the strength of the adhesive bond or the thickness of the paintwork. The connecting elements should be more like biological joints: flexible, but at the same time strong and reliable. The best way to learn how to do this is to find examples of how other people did it.
5. Know your material
The more you know about the wood you work with, the better your final products will be. There are a huge number of factors that determine how good a particular piece of wood suits for a particular product. It depends on the material density, vascularity, color, and sometimes even smell!
For example, professionals make fashionable wooden dishes today from Australian rosewood solely because of its smell. It smells like a caramel sauce. This knowledge is certainly empirical and you can get it only with your experience.