1. The satisfaction of creating something tangible
One of the most satisfying things about woodworking is knowing that you created every piece of a given project. From the design to the cutting to the gluing and on through to the finishing process, there are many moments along the way in which it’s easy to feel like you’ve just assembled an entire house with your bare hands. The final product is yours, and yours alone; you created it, you put in the time and effort, and now it sits before you in all its glory.
When I was first getting started back in high school, I would take some scrap wood pieces or one-by-fours and turn them into whatever I could envision at that moment: dollhouses for my Little Sisters, shelves for my bookshelf, wooden birdhouse kits from Michael’s Crafts to give as gifts. Sure I had no idea what I was doing beyond basic cutting skills using a miter box, but that didn’t really matter; even then it was apparent how fulfilling this hobby could be. With more experience under my belt over these past few years—and has moved up from a miter box to a table saw—I’m excited about what will come out of me (literally) next!
2. The satisfaction of overcoming challenges
Learning a new skill can be challenging, and woodworking is no exception. It takes time, patience and practice. While the process of learning any new skill can be frustrating at times, these moments will help you grow as a woodworker. Woodworking is a hobby that provides many opportunities to learn how to overcome challenges. As you gain experience in this craft, you will learn how to approach problems as they arise and develop creative solutions to solve them. The satisfaction that comes from completing a project after overcoming the challenges involved is one of the most rewarding aspects of woodworking.
3. The fun of practicing a new skill
A great thing about learning a new skill is that it will always keep your brain occupied and stimulated. From the very beginning, you’ll need to be constantly absorbing new information, but as you master each level of the task, you’ll find that there’s still more to learn. With woodworking, the possibilities are truly endless.
For example, once you’ve mastered basic carpentry skills, like sawing and nailing wood together, you can move on to more complicated tasks like creating joinery or using complex machinery. Each of these tasks will help you become even better at what you do. The more skilled and experienced that one becomes, the better they can execute their craft in complicated ways that are often very satisfying to see or use (when finished).
4. The opportunity to develop new social connections and relationships
Social isolation takes a tremendous toll on everyday health, which is why it’s important to make time for activities that give you an opportunity to interact with other people. Woodworking presents a unique way to develop new social connections and relationships that would be otherwise impossible in traditional work settings.
Whether you attend woodworking meetups or join a woodworking community online, it’s easy to connect with other people who share similar interests. As soon as you ask questions or share experiences related to woodworking, other people will start contributing their own thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter. While a hobby like woodworking may appear insular at first glance, it actually provides plenty of opportunities for social interaction and building personal connections with others.
5. The chance to add to your income stream
- The chance to add to your income stream
Woodworking is a hobby that offers the potential to go from being a money sink, where you are paying out money for tools and materials, to being a source of additional income. It’s in no way guaranteed that you’ll be able to make even enough to offset your costs, but it can happen—and with an enjoyable activity like woodworking that offers some health benefits as well, there’s really nothing bad about giving it a try!
If you decide at some point in your journey that your work is good enough for other people to pay for, there are many possible avenues for marketing and selling your products. You could put them up on eBay or Etsy or similar sites, or do more traditional things such as having tables at craft fairs and home shows. There might even be opportunities locally if you have any kind of contact in the community who knows someone looking specifically for a handcrafted item of furniture.
Working with wood is a fulfilling activity in so many ways.
The most obvious reason for taking up woodworking is to create something of your own that you can proudly show off or use every day. While the finished result may be the goal, it’s not the only benefit of a woodworking project.
In some cases, working with wood is almost like meditating. It allows you to completely focus on one task and can help you leave behind other concerns while you work on a project.