Ok well I consider myself to be a jack of all trades. Usually I have a knack for being able to get things done weather it be fish related, tattooing, drawing/painting, masonry, mechanics, technology related... But the only thing I can't seem to get around is carpentry. About three days ago, I acquired an interest in building a new stand and canopy for my 125 gallon. I did a google search for design plans and found a few. I chose one to emulate and just alter the measurements. I went into the project headstrong and confident. I bought pine wood 2x4's, ply wood and screws, borrowed the necessary power tools from my cousin who owns a tool shop here in Trinidad and commenced with my design thinking this thing would be easy. Boy oh boy I was wrong. Firstly, I was able to cut the 2x4 very easily with a miter saw. Started to screw the beams together to realize that these 2x4's are insanely hard. My screws were not going through the wood easily at all and my drill was just eating away the heads of the screws. Next, I decided to use a drill bit to pre drill the holes so that the screws would go in easier. The drill bit was slightly too big. So the screws went in a tad too easily. Next, I continued construction and realized that I can't seem to wrap my head/hands around carpentry. I threw in the drill and gonna use the wobbly attempt of an aquarium stand for a work desk of some sort. Any advice or techniques I'm missing here? It is insanely frustrating. I will post pics of the "fail" tomorrow. Any advice would be really appreciated. Attempt part two next week.