I take the site RSS feeds, and every morning first on the list is to look through all the newly posted projects.
Woodworking requires all kinds of skills I don’t have, and all kinds of personal qualities I don’t really have either – and, although it may seem strange, this is one of the reasons I do it – to fight those demons. At the moment, the demons are a few goals/points/runs ahead.
I start every project thinking “Right, this one is going to be perfect, absolutely perfect. I’m not going to cut any corners (no pun intended) – I’m going to go slow and steady – I’m going to sand it until it’s flat – etc etc”. The first cut usually puts paid to that and my target lowers.
Perhaps I should explain that my background is in software programming – a lovely sport where you can do, and redo, and redo again, and again and again, until it’s right. Nothing is ever finished – there’s always a tiny tweak, a small improvement, a subtle shading, or new command you can add. Ah, now if only you could do that with woodworking then I’d be brilliant – I have, you see, the dogged determination – I never quit – I use programmes I’ve been working on for over 20 years, and problems I haven’t solved in 10 years, but, once in a while, I revisit them, and sometimes they sucumb.
Anyways, I’ve done some stuff that really didn’t make the “post it to the projects page”, so I thought I’d put it here for your amusement :-)
Let’s start with the “trio of trugs” – I’ve made 3 of these over the last 2 years – you’d have thought you’d be able to tell from the picture which came first etc, since I’m supposed to be getting better!
Mostly pine – the bent handle is bent laminations of beech – mahogany details.
Oh – it’s sitting on a big slab of cedar attached to an old sewing machine base.
Next up – racklet for the bathroom…
I confess – it’s a broom handle. In my mind it integrated nicely with the sides, but, of course, everyone knows (except me, it seems) that you can’t have sharp edges like that and expect them not to splinter.
She who must be obeyed decided, after the first coat of varnish, that she wanted it dark to match the toilet roll holder, so the finish is kinda weird. I tried rebating the pieces together, but that requires that the wood be straight, I discovered.
Fresh from that “success”, a somewhat similar one for the kitchen…
The moral here, I learnt, is not to try and build things bigger than you can clamp! The garage looked like something from a Heath Robinson sketch with clamps tied to bits of string, tied to bits of wire, tied to other clamps. Then, of course, the string broke! Still, the mahogany spliney bits came off OK, I thought. But this frustrated me – it’s sooooooo simple, but with so many bits that simply “aren’t quite right”.
We end with the second thing I ever made – it’s in ash …
The joy of moving house and having no furniture is that you have to make some (well, that’s what I tell the wife). It’s hard to tell from the picture just how big this is – I’m 5’11” and I can just about stretch out on it. Part of the design allows it to be unbolted since it won’t go through the door – at least I thought of that before I built it!
There was/is a forum discussion about design types – G&G, rustic etc etc. I’m currently trying to work out whether my “chunky” stuff is because that’s what I like to design, or whether I design for my limitations, and, whether, on that basis, I’ll ever be able to do more subtle things since I avoid trying them. The jury is out.
The demons and I continue to chatter as I fall asleep…
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