What is Industry DIY?

Industry DIY is a website I started because I am excited about building things.  It currently has printables, project plans, and reviews for tools.

What does the name mean?  Well the DIY part is “do it yourself” of course, but I chose ‘industry’ because I want a purposeful website where people learn how to do things and go do them because it is not overwhelming.  It is meant to be simple and easy to navigate.  I aim to have clear and concise tool reviews.

The purpose is to help people build things for themselves.  I feel as though I have knowledge in the DIY space that I can give out to people who are on the same path as me. Is this website for expert fine woodworkers? Not necessarily, but if that is you I hope you find some interesting articles and things to enjoy anyway.

My goal is to cover topics like:

  • Furniture making
  • DIY home decor
  • DIY games, toys, etc.
  • Home renovations
  • Woodshop tools

For more info on what Industry DIY has to offer, please visit the Getting Started page.

Who am I?

My name is Ty Criswell.  I am a husband and father of two kids, and my family lives happily in Texas. Woodworking has always been a hobby of mine, but I always found myself at a loss for knowing what and how to build anything. It seemed that any plans I found in books and online were always too complicated, required too many tools, or were simply going to take too long to be worth the trouble.

As a result, I began just trying things without any guides or plans to follow. Eventually, I started to find some styles that I liked, and fit my ideal requirements of being easy, quick, and simple. In my opinion, I figured out some good ways to build nice furniture, home decor, etc. with cheap wood. This website is me sharing these tips and project plans with you.

About My Woodworking Journey

It is my goal with this blog to not only get you familiar with woodworking tools and skills, but to start you or continue you on your own DIY journey.

My woodworking is relatable to everything else I do in my life.

There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to add projects to your own home.  It is enjoyable to create something functional and use it on a daily basis.  You can’t get this feeling by buying something at a furniture store.  It won’t have any meaning to you, and it will probably be expensive.

I consider myself a bit of a perfectionist.  And when you are a perfectionist it can be hard to really get anything accomplished.  It’s hard to start when everything isn’t set up exactly how I want it.

DIY projects are the way that I train myself to get out of this attitude.

The projects that I make are not perfect.  Those little imperfections are what make it great. And next time I make it I can strive to be perfect. It’s a challenge.  But it teaches me to let go and move on.  I define productivity by moving from one step to the next, and not being hung up on one single detail.

For this reason I am sharing with you what I know about DIY.  I hope that you can find some lessons in your hobbies as well.  Enjoy!