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    How hard is it to actually build something from wood?

    I was thinking of doing some DIY projects rather than buying store-bought ones... Namely, wood closets. I want to make a few basic wooden closets for in the basement for seasonal clothing storage. I am looking to make either a 60 inch wide and a 30 inch wide, or some variation to get me over 90 inches in total length. I also want them to be at least 6 feet tall. I don't know what supplies I will need or how hard it would actually be to build these.

    I have little to no experience with wood outside of the woodshop class I took back in my school days.

    Does anyone have experience with making basic furniture using wood like this? Is it hard?

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    It's hard, but you get a lot better at it with practice. the problem is that it's expensive and time consuming to practice in the first place. I don't do any woodworking myself for this reason, but my best friend does wood turning and makes pens, coffee grinders, bowls, spheres, ice cream scoops, bottle openers, etc. and even small things like that take him 3-ish hours with 2 years of practice. The thing you're describing will probably take most of your free time for a whole weekend if you watch some videos on how to do it and have everything you need laid out beforehand.

    Try making something first with cheap materials that you're 100% okay with messing up to get a feel for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    It's hard, but you get a lot better at it with practice. the problem is that it's expensive and time consuming to practice in the first place. I don't do any woodworking myself for this reason, but my best friend does wood turning and makes pens, coffee grinders, bowls, spheres, ice cream scoops, bottle openers, etc. and even small things like that take him 3-ish hours with 2 years of practice. The thing you're describing will probably take most of your free time for a whole weekend if you watch some videos on how to do it and have everything you need laid out beforehand.

    Try making something first with cheap materials that you're 100% okay with messing up to get a feel for it.
    Ikea has some wardrobe closets fro $130. I would have to pay $70 for shipping though so it will end up being over $300 total for two of them. Would building my own be more expensive than this? If so, I will just buy them. I figured I could save money doing it myself.

    Alternatively, I am considering buying some of those garage-style shelving units and just attaching some plywood to the top, bottom and sides and just having open closet space. I just don't know if that would work or if it would be a cheaper option.

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    Building it yourself would be cheaper. Search on Lowe's or Home Depot's website and look for wood in the dimensions you're thinking about and see how much that would cost. + nails, paint, primer, sandpaper, etc.

    It should still be much cheaper than pre-built & shipping, but let's say it saves you $100....what if it takes you 15 hours to build? Could you make more than that $100 in 15 hours if you worked instead? Something to consider.

    The garage-style shelves will be cheaper, but will probably ruin your wall, whereas a free-standing wardrobe/cabinet won't bolt into a wall, right?
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