Did Santa put some power tools under your Christmas tree? Many men (and women!) would love to receive a good quality power tool as a Christmas present and will have been highly delighted when that oddly shaped parcel turned out to be a drill, electric screwdriver, a sander or a jigsaw. Let’s hope it was the brand and type wanted. As you relax in your chair and start to drift off after your Christmas dinner you can start to plan in your mind your next DIY project using your new tool. If your power tools are of the cordless variety now is the time to plug them in to start charging; so you are ready for action on Boxing Day!
DIY projects inside the house
Has your partner got a long list of niggling little jobs that need doing around the house; the wobbly shelf, the loose kitchen cupboard, the door that sticks on the carpet? Get to grips with your new equipment by tackling these jobs before starting on a bigger project. Make your partner’s holiday extra special by finishing all of the jobs. Now for a bigger project. Do you have children? How amazed would they be if they came downstairs and found you had used your drill and jigsaw to build them a fort or a doll’s house? A wooden fort or castle could be as simple or as complicated as you want; design it on paper first and then get building. A doll’s house could be in a modern style, Victorian gothic or even a scale model of your own home. Is your bathroom looking a bit jaded? Then rip out the cupboards around your sink, buy some wood and some varnish and using your sander, jigsaw and drill create a simple and stylish washstand – think Swedish design!
DIY projects outside the house
There are plenty of DIY projects that can be tackled in the garden. Do your family own bikes but get fed up having to store them in tricky spaces? You could use your drill and sander to build a simple lean to ‘bike port’ or storage; even adding some secure bolts and rings for securing the bikes. This looks particularly effective built in a slatted wood design. A smaller project could be a bird table to attract wildlife to your garden and provide winter food. Some ingenuity will be needed in your design to make it cat and squirrel proof! Do you feel ready now to tackle a bigger project? All do-it-yourselfers need somewhere to keep their tools safe and somewhere to work. So how about building your own shed? The only limit is your imagination and creativity – enjoy your projects!