Woodworking: Both Frugal and Fun

Rob-Portrait351Times are tough out there. Unless you have been living under a rock (and if you are, where do you plug in your power tools?), you’ve probably heard the drumbeat of the current economic woes.

As a woodworker, an almost knee-jerk response is to laugh in the face of this kind of adversity: after all, our woodworking skills are money savers in the best of times; won’t they stand us in even better stead when we’re all searching for ways to be frugal? I know personally, that I have started (but not quite completed) several money saving projects.

While using our skills to save money is totally legit, what we need to guard against is letting our hobby become only about the budget, and turning it into a drudgery. Remember, hard times will pass, but woodworking is forever! In the words of Woodworker’s Journal turning columnist Betty Scarpino, “Don’t forget to have fun!”

– Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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