Embrace DIY

With DIY as an embraced and exponentially rising trend, could be for economic reasons whereby you make a desired item rather than paying an exaggerated price for a unique piece, making stuff for sale hence earning some extra cash, for the environment’s sake by reusing waste or adding life to old products or as a pass time activity and bragging rights, since you can proudly say you did it yourself’. Diy, get it? The idea could be your brainchild or borrowed from the millions of DIY tutorials available online, but what matters is that you have a project to work on.

For any dryer, bonafide or the once in a while Trier, pro or beginner, it is inevitable that you will either measure, cut, pierce, join, fasten, hold, fold, smoothen or add color. Could be one or a combination of this of these processes that will lead to the completion of your intended crafts. (The success rate of intention to result, more often than not varies, as some mistakes or alterations along the way may result in some amazing works or absolute disasters.)

Where will this be done? You obviously need space, good lighting, and a working surface. For the latter, a wooden bench/table will serve multiple purposes. A drawing table as you sketch, place a glass pane on it and you can cut out using a utility knife without damaging the surface, to attach a bench vice, an ironing surface if you cover it with with a thick fabric (Cotton, linen, and kin being the most advisable)….and the list is endless. When it comes to lighting, it ought to be ample for the task at hand, not too bright as this will tire your eyes and not too dim to avoid straining. Daylight is best when working outdoors and white light being the best for indoors as it doesn’t distort one’s color perception bearing in mind that the correct wattage has to be put into consideration. Where focus lighting is needed, have an adjustable reading lamp or a headband light and you won’t have to duct tape a flashlight on your forehead.
Your working space, with the main focus being on indoor spaces, should be well ventilated, have sufficient natural light, with enough room to move about or at least turn around and contain your components and the finished project(for large creations) or else you will have to tear down doorways or walls to get your raw materials in and final product out.If that be the case, you are better off doing building and construction, not DIY crafts.

Lack of the latter is not an outright disqualification from doing your projects, as I do understand most of the time we have to make do.
Being organized is key to an efficient workflow, reasons being that it saves time, reduces chances of missing some of the steps, increases your productivity, sets an easier starting point in case you have to take a break. This can be managed by making sure your tools are arranged systematically, preferably on racks, shelves, or box/container of your choice not to limit your creativity. Materials required for a specific project ought to be sorted by type and arranged in their order of use and within reach. Small components especially joiners such as bolts, nuts, screws, nails, rivets, clips etc, should be in boxes sorted by size or preferred unique quality. It is hectic to look for a needle in your haystack of materials and tools, yet logically easier to look for a marked box containing needles in the same or you can eliminate the need to rummage through stuff by ensuring your components are sorted, labeled, and conveniently placed in a designated place that is easily accessible. This is one aspect that has been extremely useful to me as I realized that my number one time waster was having to look for stuff as I worked on my projects. This had a domino effect resulting in reduced productivity and quality.

Common sense dictates it is best to measure ten times and cut once, as the adage goes, rather than cutting several times only to end up with parts that don’t fit or match, hence cutting over and over, at times having to compromise the fit or size. This makes measuring tools handy as this enables one to achieve an accurate final fit when assembling, saves on resources since one will minimize wastage when cutting out by getting the most efficient layout, saves time as you don’t have to repeat the same process for the sake of one part. For a project that requires parts be cut then assembled, or needing a specific fit when assembling, poor measurement reflects in a distorted final product.

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