Wood Design and Woodworking Ideas

Wood design and woodworking ideas come from everywhere. You just have to know where to look. If you are a beginning woodworker, the best way to find woodworking ideas is to look around you and decide what you want to make. My best and most fun projects all started because I was wondering how something was made.

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Wood Design and Woodworking Ideas

wood-design-and-woodworking-ideasWhen you are looking for wood design inspiration, the best place to look is online. As sad as it is to say, the odds of you deciding to make something that has never been made before are very low.

Most likely, there have already been several already made. The good thing about that, is you can find design inspiration easily.

Do a Google Image search, and look for your project. Try typing in “homemade” or “DIY” before the search term, so you can find handmade items. You will most likely find someone that has made the project before.

Then, browse through them and see which parts you like, and which parts you don’t.

After you have done research on wood design and woodworking ideas, get it all together in one place. Put down on paper what you want to accomplish, and then you will have a strong plan of action to accomplish it.

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I cover planning more in 17 Worst Ways to Ruin Your Woodworking Project, as well as other good tips. It’s worth taking a look at how planning can make a big difference.

Woodworking Ideas From Using a New Tool

wood-design-and-woodworking-ideasAnother way to broaden your woodworking ideas is to buy a new tool. There is some magic that works when you get a new tool.

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Just having the ability to do something in a different way can broaden your woodworking design ideas.

This happened to me when I bought a Kreg Jig for the first time. I had only seen and heard of how it worked, and I never really thought I would use it much.

However, once I purchased the tool, I found that I used it all the time. It was this one simple change that lead me into more projects, and allowed me to design my woodworking projects a little differently.

I have the small kit, and it has been more than enough to complete many many projects.

Wood Design Ideas From Odd Places

wood-design-and-woodworking-ideasI also pull woodworking ideas from books and movies. I have made several wooden tobacco pipes that are similar to the style that you would see in fantasy movies and read about in books.

It all started because I was trying to figure out how they get a hole through that long curved stem.

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Once I had a couple ideas for making the pipe, I set about making several. Now, I have a whole collection of fantasy pipes, and they were all from one idea.

Wood design ideas can come from anywhere, and I had no idea I was going to unearth a huge part of my woodworking from watching one movie.

Finding Woodworking Ideas in Laminated Wood

wood-design-and-woodworking-ideasLaminating wood together can also be a great design inspiration for your next woodworking project.

There is no real difference between working with solid wood and working with laminated wood. The build will require the same steps, but the look will be very different.

Laminate some wood, and see what ideas you get from the process. Even basic things like pens, plates, goblets, and jewelry boxes can be designed far better with laminated wood.

If you make a few small panels or pieces of laminated wood, you will discover a whole host of woodworking design ideas. Who knows, you may even design something that is very popular and catchy.

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If you have any questions on wood design woodworking ideas, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, please share this article with your friends on Pinterest! Happy building.

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