Where to find wood project ideas
Finding inspiration for your next wood project is just be a click awayIf you're just getting into woodworking, you may be itching to create your next piece but unsure where to find inspiration. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
To the Internet!
Obviously, the World Wide Web is an inexhaustible source for pretty much everything. But, that's kind of the problem, isn't it? Where to start. You can Google “woodworking projects” and come up with some random stuff, but even that can be overwhelming. Several sites have a wealth of ideas broken up into level of difficulty and the time it takes to execute the project.
Start with the Woodworkers Guild of America, which has videos and specific instructions for everyone from the novice to seasoned professional. Beyond that, Pinterest is the go-to site for many DIY enthusiasts, as well as YouTube, which has an endless supply of wood project videos so you can see how it's done.
Your Local Library
Sometimes all you really need to find what you're looking for is the good old library. Check out books and DVDs chock full of project ideas. Ask your librarian if he or she can point you in the right direction. Also, see if they know of any community woodworking classes or groups you could get in contact with. Sometimes connecting with others is the best way to improve upon your existing skills.
Local woodworking classes are a good place to pick up some new ideas. Often a given class will take you through one project, start to finish, which teaching essential skills you can use for other projects in the future.
Beyond your local library, check with home improvement stores and lumber stores. Even some trade schools and community colleges sometimes host woodworking classes for beginners and intermediate crafters. The ability to have an instructor present to ask questions and get hands on training can be invaluable to developing your skills.
Inspiration from your Environment
Often the best way to find inspiration for your next piece is from observing the world around you. Visit furniture stores, hobby shops, and places with interesting wood pieces like game shops.
Pay attention to things people use every day. Find a piece or concept that speaks to you, and look it up! Try to understand how that wooden puzzle is made, how the pieces are crafted to fit together perfectly. See how that intricate work on that jewelry box or your grandfather's old rocking chair can be created through wood turning and pyrography. See what new tools might open up new avenues for your work.
Find something small – wood beads, different kinds of dowels, wooden doll parts, and find out what it takes to recreate it. Do the same for something larger – big furniture pieces, ladders, a large vanity frame, and dig in to find the skills to make it happen.
New projects are everywhere; there is bound to be something you never tried, a new skill you haven't yet mastered, to keep you learning for years to come.