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Blog entry by 559dustdesigns posted 09-25-2009 12:09 PM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I feel I am getting more confident in my ability to do woodworking. Being able to visualize my projects and have a real concept of what it will take to finish the next step or even the whole project, is very helpful to me. Trying something new that you think may just work perfectly, I have learned so much with this approach. You may surprise yourself. When I’m frustrated with the way things are going, having the ability to set that task aside and complete another part is very helpful. Often things work better the second time around. In my eyes somethings are rough around the edges but can always be improved, repaired or even used for something else. Thinking about the order things need to be assembled in order to give you the best result. I have been told I have a mechanical mind, I rely on it often. Have you ever studied something to see if you can tell how it was assembled or even how it could be improved? These abilities may help you be a better woodworker, something we all want to be.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 09-25-2009 02:43 PM

What you described is very much similar to the way that my mind works. It has helped me produce some nice projects so I would say that you have the right mindset.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 09-25-2009 07:00 PM

Trying figure out how something works, how it is put together and how those concepts can be used somewhere else is the fun, excitement and sometimes the sucess of mixing the mind with the hands. Its been said that I don’t think inside the box or outside of it because I don’t even know where the box is. So many woodworkers are that why I think. There is volumous designs for eveything and still new designs and methods are being made everyday. ...just look at the woodworking tool catalogs to see and almost hear minds clicking away…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 09-26-2009 05:54 AM

My son worked with me for seven years and the best thing that helped him in his woodworking as far as figuring out how it should be assembled, engineered and installed was to take him to the job site with me if it was a built-in, kitchen, home office or large entertainment center when I did the field measurements. When I got a basic design together, I would have him look at it to give ideas how he thought it should be built, how many units should it be built in, how would it go together on the job site so it would look like a single unit when we finished. This really helped him think about the project from the very beginning to the final follow-up. He said it was much easier for him then just looking at a drawing and building from dimensions only.
It’s great that you can look at things that way and should be a great help in your woodworking.

-- John @

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