“While I’m not an old man yet, I sometimes feel like one. They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but in fact that’s not true. Old dogs and old people alike are always capable of learning new tricks. I just think that the older we are, the more set in our ways become, making us less likely to want to learn something new. New experiences can be nerve racking for us old folk, but that shouldn’t be the case. In fact, it should be just the opposite. Now that we are old, we should understand best how we learn and do it more efficiently.
Do it yourself projects are among the best way for a middle aged fellow, such as myself, to expand his mind. I started building furniture as a hobby when I was in my 40s. The hobby began when I realized I needed a specific sized coffee table and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I searched through catalogues, I looked online, and no matter where I searched, I just couldn’t find the right thing. I asked a custom furniture maker to make me exactly what I wanted, and the price he quoted was enough to make the blood seep from my face. I got lightheaded! That moment was when I decided that I could just do it myself.
My first step was to make an exact plan of what I wanted. After a few hours with a stack of graph paper, a pencil and some measuring tape, I had a perfect sketch for what I wanted. I had all measurements, knew all the materials that I would need and figured all the tools I would require. It took me a little research, but after I looked online at thediyoutlet.com and http://thediyoutlet.com I was able to make a shopping list.
The planning was the hard part. If you do it right, the construction is easy. I remember how excited I was when I was on my way out of Home Depot, knowing that in an unknown amount of time – which I knew wouldn’t be many – I would finally have the coffee table that I had been looking for. I think I spent about four hours in my garage that night, and there was something romantic about working there, covered in saw dust, as I saw this thing take shape. The next morning, I stained it, and voila! The perfect coffee table!