Different situations can lead one into a bit of a rut sometimes. Motivation to start a project, continue work on one – in short, getting the elbow dislodged from ones behind – seems utterly illusive. Thankfully, there’s help to be found among kindled spirits!
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Idle hands – not so much, really
This year has been busy, but the woodworking activities has been limited to concrete formwork. And there’s other “life” stuff going on. But I am still here, and I do have plans. 🙂
Go big or go…?
I will admit that I do occasionally buy stuff I really do not need. While very useful, some tools are unnecessary – or shall we say, a luxury. Sometimes they’re shiiinyyyy. Sometimes they speak to my inner cave man…
Fear of failing. Recovering from bad experiences. The fright of not being perfect, or even good enough. This is certainly not a laughing matter. Let’s talk about mental health for a moment.
Woodworkers have one advantage over common folk – we get the full experience from a piece of furniture. From the smell of oak to the feel of a finished product – a journey for the senses indeed!
Knock it down a notch!
When I made my work bench, I did not know which height would be best. So I made it tall. Very tall. I put “lowering the bench height” on my to-do -list. Do you have one of those never ending stories? Na-na-naa-na-na-na… Anyway, let’s get crackin’!
How to: Calipers? Call who?
Calipers seems to be simple enough, but it might be more to them than one would think. I’ve gotten a few eureka moments over the years, so let’s look into a few that measured very small.
The old fart look
Old tools looks so much more elaborate than today’s utilitarian looks. Is there a reason to the madness, or were the craftsmen of old just vain?
Lay down Sally! Or the dust goes boom..
Put the plane down on its side, or you’ll risk damaging the edge! Or so it is often taught. Don’t you dare to question ye olde wisdom!
Also, dust collector systems can blow up. Apparently.
It’s mythbusting time!
Hurry up and take it easy!
Faster! More efficient! Git’r done so you can relax! Efficiency in our hobby activities could be a bit of a paradox – make the things you like to do go faster so you can get bored again?
Perfection is not beautiful. It is the small discrepancies that makes something beautiful. Look closely, and you’ll find flaws everywhere. And so it should be!
So you stand there in front of the behemoth of a trunk, pondering how to cut the timber into useful lumber. What sizes? How big? Let me give you a few pointers from a furniture and small projects guy.