I’m a guy. Not a particularly enlightening sentence (and much shorter than I allow most of my students to construct) but true nonetheless. As a guy, I come with typical guy attitudes and stereotypes. One of those is guys should be good with tools, have lots of tools, and be able to talk about tools. This does not discount women. I have met women who met all three criteria. I am not inept with tools, and I have quite a few of them, and I have completed a project or two. However, there will not be a reality show featuring me completing wonderful and complex projects in a quick half hour. The problem is, sometimes, I wish I could.
I wish I had more time, energy and talent to build wonderful pieces of furniture. I hate going to stores and seeing the crappy, particle board furniture that is ubiquitous. I want to build beautiful solid wood pieces. I’m talking about a new headboard, a new TV stand, wood paneling for the pool room (someday), a coffee table with a train layout in the bottom. The problem is a lack of pure talent, space, energy, and money. The last being rather important because good wood is rather expensive–and the lack of talent could only lead to beginner mistakes and more purchases of lumber.
At to this that well made, ornate furniture would probably require some carving or filigree (thank you spell checker) and that requires talent.
Someday, I may take this up, starting small of course (bird house, deck) and work my way up to coffee table, or end table. However, until that time, I guess I will have to shop at better places.