I never thought at age 27 I’d be kicking myself for not taking woodworking in 4-H (I heard most kids’ parents did their projects for them anyway and my parents aren’t woodworkers). I also never knew that I should have asked potential suitors if they liked to build things. Because I married a man who can play a mean guitar and fix a car like it’s nobody’s business, but (and I’m quoting him verbatim here) “hates working with wood”. You win some, you lose some. So I guess this means that
I we need to up our woodworking game.
Which is why I’m thankful for Ana White’s new book The Handbuilt Home. Ana has a great website with a plethora of free furniture plans. But I was excited when I heard that she was coming out with a book because I could get a bunch of useful information in one place (sometimes I get distracted on websites). I was even more excited when I was asked to review The Handbuilt Home.
The book is split into ten chapters. The first couple chapters cover tools & equipment, materials, prep, cutting, building, and finishing. And the rest of the book is broken down to areas of your home (entryway, family room, kitchen & bath, dining room, office & craft room, bedroom, children’s room, and outdoor furnishings). There’s step-by-step instructions, building illustrations, a shopping list, tools, and a cutting list with each of the 34 projects featured in the book. Each project also includes 3 icons which represent skill level, cost, and time necessary for completion. Very handy. The building illustrations are detailed and include the measurements. Lastly, the book is pretty. I bet you didn’t think that a woodworking book would be pretty, but it is. The layout is bright and neatly arranged. And the illustrations are detailed and the photos are beautiful.
The book left me feeling that I could take on woodworking and build something all by myself, with or without my “I hate working with wood” husband. I’ve already chosen a project from the book that I’d like to tackle. Don’t worry– you guys will be the first to know about it.
Now here’s your chance to take on woodworking because I’m giving away a copy of The Handbuilt Home. You must use the widget below to enter the giveaway. If you are reading this in your email, you’ll need to click through to the blog to enter. Giveaway ends 11/14/12 at 12:01AM (EST). Giveaway open to those in the US.
What would you like to build in your home?
Did you take woodworking in 4-H?
Did your parent build the majority of your custom built porch swing for you?
Does your husband “hate working with wood”?