If you're reading this, you've probably been bitten by the making bug. Congratulations on your new addiction! By now you realize that you will need some tools to bring your projects to life. Before you get to work, there are still some things to think about.
Many new tool users over-look their own comfort when starting a project. User comfort will play a big part in getting your projects looking professional. This may be as simple as getting a chair or stool if you will be working in one place for very long.
Make sure you're at a comfortable temperature as well. You might need a fan or air conditioning or, in my case, a few extra layers of clothing and another log on the fire.
Now that you're ready to start making, it's time to think about how you are going to perform your work. Can you lean or rest on your workplace, or will it affect your project? Have you secured your workplace? You don't want it to move around while you're working!
When using handheld tools, the quality of your work comes from a sure steady hand. This isn't the time for indecision or self-doubt. You have got this! Decide what actions are needed to perform your task, and brace yourself, both mentally and physically. If you need to move around while working, make sure your path is clear from obstructions and that you can move while maintaining full control of your tool and workplace. For more detailed jobs, I like to rest my elbows on my work table and brace the hand holding the tool with my other hand.
While the idea of user comfort may seem basic, it is the key to producing great results. Now is the time to make something! Let's make 2016 the year of the Maker!
Keith Hahn creates furnishings and art using iron and wood, and specializes in high-end custom log furniture and decorative ironwork. He lives in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, which never fail to give him inspiration.
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