Wood Hobby Club – Day 2

Tonight I went to my second wood hobby class. I’m a visual leaner, and it’s very hard for me to absorb information through listening, especially numbers. Going over the homework from last week of figuring out how many board feet we’d need to make an end table was frustrating for me; I had to focus very hard. I didn’t have all the right numbers, but my logic was good, so I’m not too worried about planning.

Listening to talk of particle board and cheap furniture gave me an appreciation for quality, handmade stuff. The projects we’ll be making in wood hobby club will be made of real wood and crafted with care. It makes me even more excited to build a home that’s not full of cheap, crappy materials.

We learned about selecting wood for a project. Cabinetry is a lot more precise than carpentry and there are more small pieces that have to fit together very well. We talked about knots, the heart of a tree, the different ways boards aren’t perfect, and the different ways wood can change over time. It gave me a new perspective on wood. We take it for granted that all our furniture is flat and all our doorways are perfect rectangles, but that goes against nature. Trees are round, and then we make square things out of them. It’s odd. I never thought a lot about how living things become a piece of furniture or a house, but wood swells and shrinks and always wants to go back to its original curve. Anything made out of wood can’t be exactly perfect; you just have to do the best you can.

I’m still trying to decide what to make. Most people are making the same end table, but I really don’t need any furniture. I don’t know where I’d put an end table. I’ll probably make one anyway, with a few tweaks, because even though I don’t need one, it’ll be lovely to have a beautiful pine end table that I built myself. I love the smell of pine, and it’s the cheapest and most forgiving, so everyone’s using it for their project.

The hobby club has a lot of tools that would be very useful for making my built-ins for the house, so after the course is over I think I’ll join the club so I can continue using the tools and the space. I can’t wait to start work on my project and start using the tools! Creating is a wonderful thing.

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"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Seneca

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