A Strategy for Woodworking #17: Getting Right

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 08-11-2014 03:31 PM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is far easier to talk about than to do, but you have to get right in order to do good work. You have to think straight, to get your concentration right, to get your mind working with your hands and not against them. Now this can take hours for me some days before I finally get focused enough to work. But when I do then the work just flies and the time whizzes by and I get something done. It feels great.

But it’s a matter of concentration and when we enter the shop our mind is in a hundred different places. Where did I leave my keys? Did I send out that note? Where’s my dang hammer? Everything seems to thwart us at first. It can take time to get there and it can feel unproductive. But it is the only way to the productive place where all of you starts to work together and you start to do some good work. You have to get right first.

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 05:13 PM


Great advice.
Hard to do for some of us with ADHD. LOL! When I find my mind going in four directions at once (so it seems)I tell myself to “Back away from the car sir!” Take a few deep breaths and come back to the present. I also use a list as a prep tool. Oh yeah I usually, almost always, forget something. Even with the list! I lengthen my time line and set my goal on the steps…. not the project.

Wisdom comes from learning from our mistakes. I’m getting wiser all the time. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 09:39 PM

Sounds like good advice from a wise man. Thnx Gary

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 11:55 PM

Gary, your post is right on the button with my day.
Went into my workshop with great intentions,
put a brand new ATB blade on my table saw and proceeded to make my first cut.
Slight jerk as I passed it through and then I realised,
you forgot to adjust the riving knife for thinner kerf.
My concentration just ”flew oot the windae” as they say in Scotland.
Just couldn’t get back in the zone, so just did the basic breaking out/setting out and called it a day.
No disasters but a sense of what could have been…..
There’s always tomorrow.
Thanks for putting it into words Gary.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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