Before I start a new project. 12/17/2006

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 12-17-2006 09:46 PM 1432 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of time when I’m going to start a new project. The first thing I do is search for pictures of the item I plan to build. When I finally find something that satisfies me, I aways like to modify the plan to my own taste. I toss the plan around inside my head for awhile. Then I haul out my drawing tools, & put it down on paper. I’ve found out that giving the plan some thought first, saves me a lot of erasing. It’s much easier to make a change when it’s still in your head. Although sometimes I lose a little bit of sound sleep with my brain being in high gear.

At this moment my thought process is over, & I’m about to put my next project on paper.

I’ll tell you what the project is going to be in a later edition.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 12-17-2006 11:59 PM

I do the same, with one more modification .. If the little woman has any input, I let her think about it to for several days maybe weeks, as she tends to change her mind profusley.
For example, She wants to turn a part of our kitchen layout from an L into a U .. but the leg to be added has been transformed numerous times… She keeps seeing different things on those darn design shows …. You know the ones … the ones where the budget is 50,000 or more. YOu can do wonderouse things for 50K . Now back to my realistic budget ….What can I give her for 150.00 ???? :-} .

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#2 posted 12-18-2006 02:45 AM

Hi Dick,
I had to laugh when you talked about losing sleep with your brain in high gear. My wife will sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, becuse she claims that she can hear me thinking out loud. Talk about the power of thought and all I’m doing is laying there thinking.

Talking about erasing, well I never found out how to erase that cut in the wood I made because I didn’t think it through.


-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 12-18-2006 04:39 AM

Hi Guys,
I totally agree !! I always let the little woman give the final approval.
It seems like a woodworker without his wifes input might as well hang up his hammer, & saw.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 12-18-2006 06:00 AM

I”ll let something spin on the mental back burner for as long as it takes, but If I don’t make at least some notes on paper I’d fear losing it forever….

Around Christmas and birthdays I’ve taken to writing my notes French (using synonyms if the words are too similar) to fend off accidental discovery… this generally serves enough to spark my memory, but, I have found the occasional note (in my own handwriting, in english no less), and have no idea what it means…. Hopefully it wasn’t that good an idea, and worthy of a mental purge, or I managed to figure it out later whether I realized it or not.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 12-18-2006 11:36 PM

My wife prefers that I think at night while laying in bed, at least then I am not snoring so loud. Thanks Dick, great blog note.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 12-22-2006 12:03 PM


If you could see the time on my PC’s clock right now (3:55 A.M.), you would know exactly how much I whole-heartedly agree with you. Fortunately, instead of lying in bed for an hour and a half thinking through a project, I can now log on to my blog and write through a project! Hopefully I’ll spend less time doing it, since I won’t repeat my thoughts over and over if I type them out.

During the daylight hours, I almost always have my backpack with me (a throwback to my college days?). In it I keep three drawing pens (02,05, and 08), a mechanical drafting pencil, an artist’s sketch book, and a small spiral notebook. I try to stick with using the pens, as that means I can’t erase anything, and I’ve found that my final idea for a project is usually a combination of several half-good ideas. My current sketch book is pretty large (9×11?), and almost completely filled. That seems to be a little big lately, so when I was looking for my replacement sketch book, I went with a smaller 5×7 spiral with perforated pages.

I’ve been known to look at a plan or two, but that usually ends up being just to figure out a dimensional relationship between two pieces (such as how much of a reveal I should use) or to see what kind of joinery was used for a specific design idea.

-- Ethan,

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