If you have a new baby on the way, now is a good time to dig out your woodworking skills and create some nice woodwork projects for the new arrival. Not only will it save money when you make your own furniture and/or toys, but you are also creating items that your child will be able to treasure forever.
In addition, the items that you make yourself will turn out so much nicer than any manufactured product, as homemade woodwork furniture usually outlast and outperform retail. So why not try your hands on any of these ideas:
Baby Cribs and Toddler Beds
As a new Dad who’s interested in woodworking, one of the many projects you could take on is to create a baby crib or a toddler bed. Ok, so retail cribs might look flash and have all the modcoms included, but can they really beat a handmade wooden crib.
And they are not that difficult to make. There are some really good woodworking plans available on the internet, that will show you how to put cribs and beds together; often even with videos to make it even easier for you to follow the steps. In fact, another reason why it is great to make kid furniture is, because you don’t have as many weight requirements as you would if you were building a piece of furniture for an adult.
One of the big changes in your life is probably that you’ll be rocking your baby to sleep or sitting in a chair reading stories. Making a rocking chair is a great project for beginners as well as more experienced woodworkers, who can just add on the fancy bits that a novice woodworker should not attempt until they gained more experience. As long as you follow a good woodwork plan – and with good I mean a plan that includes a materials list and easy instructions from beginning to end – making a sturdy rocking chair or even ottomans are not as difficult to build as it sounds.
Toy Boxes and Chests
For any new Dad who’s thinking about starting in woodworking, creating a sturdy toy box or some other special chest for storage may be ideal since these types of projects are completely functional yet very easy to create.
And if you are owning a good woodworking plan for your project, you are ready to start. And a good woodworking plan will give you all the little things you need to know: From material lists to step-by-step instructions to illustrations. So why not give it a go?
Source by Jim Holz