I am reminded once again about the difference between woodworking and woodworking.
To the lay-person, anytime you take up your hammer, nails, saw, glue and wood, you are practicing the art of woodworking. At least that’s the way my wife sees it, and when I suggested that I was going to spend some time in the workshop this weekend to play with a box design I had dreamt up, she immediately suggested that I do one of the other woodwork projects that need to be done such as the bathroom cabinet/counter.
You see, she doesn’t quite realize exactly what it is that I love about woodwork. I love the small projects. I love the independent pieces that can stand on their own. I even love furniture such as my recently completed bedside tables.
What I don’t really love is the OTHER woodwork, what many refer to as carpentry or construction carpentry. Remodelling basements is not really my idea of fine art (I will have to post my basement remodel as a project someday). I can almost accept creating a bathroom vanity as being acceptable, especially if done in a good quality wood and not melamine. But general household maintenance that just happens to use a hammer is not enough to satisfy my desire for tinkering with wood.
So as the fall season is just starting, let me suggest that you all get out to your workshop or garage, and tackle a small project that you can finish in a couple weekends. If nothing else, it will get your juices flowing, and it can stand as a demonstration piece to your significant other as to exactly what kind of woodworking you really love!
-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/