When I started woodworking, my vision was always on the finished product.
See the picture make it look like that.
The more experience I get, the more I realize that every cut is a project that has to be completed correctly.
For instance, when rounding edges using the router table, the correct bit must be selected, and correctly mounted in the router. The router/bit must then be installed on the collar. The collar must be properly attached to the insert. Then, the bit height must be adjusted for the cut being made. If using a fence, the fence must then be set for the depth of cut. The dust collector must then be started and the motor started.
If you are smart, which I wasn’t always, you then do a test cut on a piece of scrap. Turn off motor and make final adjustments, then make another test on a piece of scrap.
If you are satisfied with the results, then, and only then, can you make the actual cut on your project piece.
Woodworking is a lot like being a machinist. the stock is just softer.
I now realize that actually cutting the finished pieces takes very little time, once the equipment is properly setup.
So, I am trying to get my mind off the ‘big picture’ and concentrate on the details. The more lumber I turn into sawdust, the better I hope to get.
Every cut is a project
-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!