What do you do when you get a bit of extra time on your hands? If you are an outdoor person, that could be when the winter comes and the nights draw in or otherwise it could be in the summer when the days are longer, depending on the kind of person you are. In either instance, do you look for a project to fill your time? A lot of wood workers do. They look for a long term wood working project.
Working out your next long term wood working project is not at all difficult if you have a garden. There is always something to be added or replaced in a garden. Maintenance is never over.
If you want a long term wood working project for indoors, then I recommend a dining table with eight matching chairs or, if you are very experienced and meticulous, an intricate display cabinet.
However, getting back to our medium level, long term wood working project of wooden garden furniture. Hardwood garden furniture is the best because it will outlast softwoods such as pine, if it is well treated.
However, timber such as Red Wood, Mahogany, Maple, Oak and particularly Teak are very expensive, because their supply is limited in many areas of the world.
Therefore, the first thing to do when searching for a long term wood working project, is to decide what sort of wood you can afford to use. Then, when you have the finances ready and know of a supply of the timber you would like, you can get a good set of wood working plans for that task. You can obtain these plans from a hobbyist or craft shop, a DIY store or online at a specialist Internet web site.
The wood working plans will probably give you an indication of how much timber you will need, but if it does not, then you will need to work it out from the exploded illustration and the dimensions on the drawings. This is not difficult, just a little time-consuming.
The plans might also suggest which nails, screws, glues and tools you will need to have at your disposal before you begin. I think that it is better to have everything in one place, before you start, with the exception of any glass you may need.
It is also a good idea to make sure that you have all the tools essential for the job and that your tools are in good working order. The saws must be set well and sharp; chisels should be of the right size and sharp as should be the planer and the router.
Put a new blade in your knife as well and check your supply of sandpaper in the various grades. You should also have preservative on hand to treat those cut ends and seal the backs of everything.
It is a real gift that most people would like to have: the ability to select a long term wood working project, stay with it and produce a beautiful, unique set of fine wooden garden furniture that will last your family for decades.
Owen Jones, the writer of this article, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite subject, bench woodworking plans. If you are interested in Desk Woodworking Plans, please click through to our site, where we have 14,000 wood working plans.