Okay, I like animals, and the title of this post is a play on the James Herriot novel.
I saw a robin outside the other day. I’m taking it to be either the first sign of spring or the first sign of the dog I’m caring for being momentarily absent from the yard near my shop. The dog, by the way – a shepherd-husky mix – couldn’t care less for spring. She’s been outside through the worst of this polar weather we’re all having.
Anyway I thought I’d take a break this weekend from working on my Adirondack chairs and build something simple from the “small woodworking projects” genre. The beauty of a small woodworking project is that you can finish the entire build between other tasks, usually in a day. It’s like the quick rush of coffee, as compared to the slow build of, I don’t know, chewing raw tea leaves or something.
The other tasks I was working around this weekend were caring for the dog, fetching supplies for the big game, preparing nachos for the big game and watching my team get systematically dismantled in the big game. I decided to build a birdhouse for Robin Redbreast, or whatever species might take an interest, based on some birdhouse plans I’ve seen in our database. By the time the Broncos had completely given up hope, I was already nailing parts together.
3 Fun Things about Small Woodworking Projects
1. Assuming you are in the middle of a larger build, you absolutely do not need to go to the lumber yard for materials. For my birdhouse, I used cedar offcuts from the Adirondack project.
2. Tons of freedom. We all enjoy challenging ourselves with progressively harder designs and projects. But small projects give you something else – the freedom to conceive the entire design from your existing knowledge base.
3. Easy to unload! Birdhouses and other small woodworking projects make great spur-of-the-moment gifts. They are a classic example of thoughtfulness and simplicity for people you love. Or animals.
Does this whet your appetite for a batch of small projects? We have a terrific new release from A.J. Hamler that is packed with birdhouses and more. (Hence the title, “Birdhouses and More.”) Pre-order it today!
p.s. – To complete the pun I started with, small woodworking projects are great and all, but I would have loved to see the Broncos at least keep it close yesterday.
Did you get any woodworking done during the big game?