Tonight I bought a ½ inch x 2 inch Freud bit. The instructions for installing the router plate said I should have one, and I can’t think of a single reason why the Rousseau people would lie to me. Of course, it takes very little prodding to get me to buy a new tool or tool related accessory.
Yesterday, in addition to the final glue up, I spent some time meditating about the install. I sat in the middle of the room, in the lotus position, and hummed and visualized a perfect install. Ok, none of that is true. I actually spent a fair amount of time playing with my Wii. I was playing the Wii cabinet builder game, and made it all the way to kitchen remodeling. Yeah, that wasn’t true either.
It feels like I need to take a day or two and not work on it. I can’t explain why, but there is a little voice in my head, that is telling me that I am on the precipice of a mistake. The little alarm bells in my head made me pause the glue up for a couple of hours, and sure enough, I figure out a different method. I can’t say for sure that the process was better than my original thought, but it did work. Maybe it is just a fear of screwing up, as I really like the look of my router table top. In fact, when I unclamped it and set it on top of the legs I said, “Man that is a sexy table top.”
It might just be fear. Fear is a constant companion on my journey. She walks beside me, whispering in my ear, saying “Are you sure about that?” You may have notice that I choose the third-person personal pronoun ‘she’ for fear. This is, in part, because of a blog post I read today. The question was posed, “What frightens you?” My answer was, in a nutshell, single women and nightclubs. There was a long story, which I won’t bore you with, but I realized that fear is an exciting aspect of life. It isn’t the fear so much, as the rush of overcoming it.
Thus far, the table seems to be coming along nicely. I have gotten over my fear of gluing two pieces of wood together. Next stop, my fear of installing the router base plate.
-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com