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How do you get hands-on experience with tools?

Hammer.jpgIf you are keen to get hands-on experience with tools, my recommendation is to start with very simple D.I.Y. projects. 


Have a look at our step-by-step How To project guides here on Bunnings Workshop. You can find the How To section by clicking on the menu in the top right corner of any Workshop screen. Look for the projects marked "Difficulty: Beginner". 


Some examples include How to build a console table, How to build garage storage and How to build a Besser block bench seat.


You can also use the search bar ton Workshop o search for simple topics. For example, the topic "coffee table" offers many simple projects shared by our community members. By choosing a simple project you'll see the tools that are involved, and this should give you an idea of where to start and how to build your confidence.   


I recommend starting with basic tools such as a handsaw, hammer, tape measure, ruler and a pencil.


Getting experience means dipping your toe into some D.I.Y. projects that can be easily completed in a weekend. As another example, check out this project - Weekend project - stools that double as flowerpot holders. This is an easy project that you can put together yourself that does not involve power tools or complex steps. 


I also recommend in-store workshops at your local Bunnings store. You can find and book workshops at your local store via the Bunnings website. Just click on Stores at the top of the page, then Find a store, then click on the More details option when your chosen store has appeared. This will take you to a page where you can see and book upcoming workshops. If in-store, you can ask to speak to the activities organiser about future workshops and events.


Another great resource is your local council, who should be able to direct you to local groups such as Men's Shed and I'm Still Learning


I also suggest having a look at @Tara86's inspirational story - How to build your D.I.Y. confidence


Here are some more handy resources for getting started:




If you have any questions about your first project or what tools to buy, please let us know. We're here to help. - EricL


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