If I can do it, you can do it. I am not any more talented than anyone else, nor do I have any super powers. I just really like woodworking, and I have been working at it for a very long time. Here is why this is great for you.
I’m Just a Normal Person Who Loves Woodworking
Most of my woodworking ideas happen as I do something else. I think about it a while, and then just go try it. Sometimes they work, and you end up with a tutorial on my site, and sometimes they don’t.
All throughout my woodworking career I have been really good at having the confidence to try new things. This is really here you can make a big difference in your woodworking ability.
Many people shy away from trying new things because they are afraid they will fail. Sometimes they are afraid that they will ruin some wood. Either way, you should never be afraid to try something new.
Try Something – You Can Do It
I have always said that trying new things is important. In fact, I wrote a whole post a while ago called Try Something New, which explains it on more detail. However, when you try new things, you increase your skill level much more quickly than working with familiar things.
A good way to know if you are doing something that will increase your skills is when the thing you are doing is difficult. If it feels harder than normal, that means you are increasing your skill level at that task.
If what you are doing is very easy, then you are not adding to your skill. The fact that you are already comfortable with the task demonstrates that you know it. In a case like this, look for something else to try that will add to the existing skill.
Just Try It Yourself
You will never really know what you can and can’t do until you fail. This goes for just about everything. There is a natural path that you can follow where you add and add, learning more and more about woodworking. Until you reach a failure point, you really have no idea how good you are.
That being said, just try it yourself. When you see a tutorial that you like, and you think it may be a little outside your comfort zone, be careful and give it a try. Now, don’t do anything that will risk you becoming injured, but find something that you might otherwise shy away from and give it a try.
When you work from the perspective that you will most likely succeed, you tend to succeed more than you fail. Confidence is huge, and if you approach the tutorial or project with a little confidence, you will have a far better chance of winning.
If I Can Do It You Can Do It Wrap-Up
Long story short, feel free to go through my site and know that I am not going to attempt to teach you something that you have no business learning. Everything that I do, including the guitars is designed with the beginner in mind.
Make sure that if you feel unsure about a project, that you at a minimum keep yourself safe during the process. There is no sense in trying something that you are nervous about and hurting yourself. However, once you are fully conformable using the tools, then feel free to try the new projects and ideas here on the site.
If you have any questions about If I Can Do It You Can Do It, please leave a comment and I will be glad to help. Happy building.
Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks
While I publish the overwhelming majority of my woodworking content for free, I also have several books available as well. You can see them on my Available Books Page, and they cover several different woodworking disciplines.
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