There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes from making something with your own hands, and what better idea than to build a chair for the kids? Not only is it a true declaration of love in a personalized gift, but it’s also small and easy to finish, and doesn’t entail a lot of details. With this project, nothing should need to be rounded, grooved, or notched.
Because you may be a beginner and just trying to learn some basic carpentry skills, focus on how to measure accurately, cut straight lines, and join two pieces of wood together.
Below are some useful tricks for a successful project, and a chair your child will love.
Trick #1: Don’t Imagine… Yet
You can use your imagination when you’ve mastered carpentry, but for now, a picture of an already existing product should do. Go online and do a little image search, find a kids chair design that it is simple and basic, and that will suit your child’s needs.
Trick #2: Educate Yourself
Read a book on woodwork, or watch a few tutorials online on how to attach joints, the various cutting techniques, and the best measuring strategies. This will save you a lot of guessing during the actual execution phase.
Trick #3: Know Your Tools
Before investing in tools, talk to the representatives at your local hardware store, and read a bandsaw buying guide or two. You should also read up on how to operate the various tools, and the safety procedures involved.
Trick #4: Measure, A LOT
You wouldn’t want to lose precious wood to a bad cutting decision, so don’t rush the process. Think carefully, visualize every action, and measure repeatedly before cutting. A good idea is to label the pieces of wood once they are cut; this way you won’t grab the wrong piece and re-cut it.
Trick #5: Ask for Help
If you know someone who likes to build, invite them to join you on your project. Not only will this make for some fun memories, but they will also be able to give you advice from their own experiences, and encourage you throughout the process. Besides, it wouldn’t hurt to have an extra hand to hold the other end of the measuring tape.
Trick #6: Upcycle, If Possible
For a double sense of purpose, wouldn’t it be great if you could upcycle already existing pieces of wood to make something new and useful? Maybe an old chair or an unused pallet? This way, you could save upon the cost of materials, and it will be great for the environment.
Building something with your own hands is not just about the final product, but it’s also about the process. When you’re building something for the little ones, you do it with care and attention to detail. Not only will you rediscover your inner creative while painting the chair and adding the finishing touches, but you will be extremely proud of your final product – even if it’s not perfect – because you know you made it with love.