The posting rules say “write about your woodworking journey in a casual or tutorial format; whether it is a project in process, inspiration or a challenge”.
I’m gonna go for the “casual” thing.
My thought for the day…
I’m not sure woodworking really suits my temperament, which is part of the reason I do it.
I used to write software for a living, and whilst it might take 6 months to bring a product to market (after all the “lying in the bath staring into space” time, which might last years), some kind of prototype was usually up and running within a day or two – after that it’s nose to the grindstone making it look great and be solid. It’s a metamorphosising (is that a word?) thing – you have something, and you gradually turn it into something else – at each moment it works and day by day it looks and works better.
I guess it’s an instant-gratification thing.
And that’s what I hate about woodworking.
I’ve been working on this outdoor bench for about 10 days now (I’m retired, and the garage leaks when it rains, and it’s not that I work hard).
What do I have to show for it so far? 7 boards that aren’t quite flat, or quite smooth, or quite parallel, and the structure of the arm bits – also not quite smooth.
In maybe another 3 days I’ll be ready to cut a coupla slots, and then it’ll be frantic for the 15 minutes I’ve got until the glue sets (it’s the only glue I can get).
And then it’ll be done, except for the finishing.
Instant-gratification along the way – almost none.
At the end of a day I like to take a pew, light a fag (cigarette :-)), see that I’ve made some progress, and plot the next day’s work. “More sanding, more planing” just don’t hack it.
“The building of a fitted kitchen starts with a single joint”. Except it doesn’t, it starts with hours of planing, cutting and sanding!
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