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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 10-20-2010 05:06 AM 973 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

I didn’t get very far today, but getting started was half the battle. I have decided that the table I want to build, will have a drawer. That decision was difficult to reach, as it would have been easier to do one without. I have been fearing the drawer for along time, but it is time to get after it.

Tonight I got a late start, but it was a start none the less. It felt good to get back into the shop, even if some of my tools were unhappy with how much time I have NOT beens spending with them.

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Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 05:15 AM

Get a copy of Charles Neils “doors and drawers” it will make it a lot less scary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdcTrargkNk

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 05:31 AM

Your tools maybe gave you the “look,” I am certain they were more than eager to get to work. YES I think everyone who does woodwork finds it relaxing , taking our minds off of what we think are important things to survive (like work)

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Bill729

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 08:57 AM

Brian,

I tried twice to post a message to your site. First time got “Can’t read CAPCHA Code file” error. Second time, it acted like it was going to post, but nothing happened.

Bill

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Bill729

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 01:41 AM

I noticed my second post did go though. Not the one I spent my time on though. If you can, please configure things so that the user doesn’t lose everything when things don’t go like they should.

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Gofor

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 02:55 AM

I think that all of us who find pleasure in personal woodworking (this is not to include those who only do it in a commercial setting) share a few traits.

First: In the shop, it is us, the tools, and the wood. That means we are the deciding factor in every aspect that happens. Although we may not be used to or enjoy being in control, this is one place where we are forced to, but can do it at our own pace.

Second: We do not shy from the fact that the results are our responsibility. We may curse a tool for not working well or failing us, but did we tune it up, maintain it, or try the new one on something not too valuable? We all have the regrets, etc, but learn from them for the future.

Third: We take a personal pride in the success of our work, but always strive to do better “next time”. It may be developing a new skill, using a new technique, or just doing what we already do to a higher level of finesse. Never static, always raising the bar for ourselves as we strive for a perfection that is only in our eyes, as we are our own worst critics. The knowledge gained from our experience only shows us how much we don’t know and/or wish we did.

All good traits that are shared by others doing other things (I imagine those who play “cow pasture pool” known as golf share the same traits). However, those are the motivations that keep us striving for more .

Good on you for taking on the challenge and enjoying it, despite the trepidation.

Go

-- Go http://ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=730

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Bill729

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 05:25 AM

Gofor, Not only everything you said, but it’s also a Creative outlet. You can imagine an endtable, from scratch, with all of the details you are willing to consider incorporating, or not. And you get to use your imagination as to the best way to try to achieve the results you want. Oh, and the tools…it’s practically a history lesson. :)

Bill

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Ecocandle

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 05:02 PM

Gofar,

That was a wonderful take on woodworking. I agree completely, though I have yet found an instance where I would curse my tools. The blunders I consider my own. I think you are also correct about ‘Golf’, though I do like your name for it. I loved golf, long before I discovered woodworking, and those traits do seem to work there too. The big difference, I do curse my clubs. Which now that I think about it, is just silly.

Thanks so much for the comment.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Ecocandle

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#8 posted 10-21-2010 05:04 PM

Bill,

I have checked the plugin and can’t find any problems, which just may mean I don’t know what I am doing. I am going to uninstall it and reinstall and hopefully that will fix the problem I am really sorry that you lost your comment on my site. I did notice that you bravely tried again and succeeded. I appreciate the effort.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Ecocandle

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#9 posted 10-21-2010 05:06 PM

Jim,

Great video. I enjoyed it. I will have to look into the Drawers and Doors book. I do have a book, which is just about drawers. That is what I am using now, and it seems pretty good. When I get a little further into it, I will write a review and let you all know if it as good as it appears now.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Bill729

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 09:41 PM

Brian, My first post as you know fell into the bit bucket but basically it pondered: why you haven’t named your router table, how the router table probably felt about that, and whether you were making a two-bit drawer (pun intended). My first post interwove these topics, sort of like the report on “Why I want a bb-gun for Christmas”, into a literary masterpiece, but, alas, those bits are gone forever… : )

Bill

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