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Blog entry by Maveric777 posted 06-23-2010 02:28 PM 1152 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I woke up this morning, snagged a cup of coffee, and went out to the shop. By the time the cob webs started clearing up I realized it was 5:10 in the morning and I was sitting in my stool staring at my latest project. I couldn’t help but chuckle thinking about my bride asking me constantly if my mind ever quits thinking about woodwork….. Maybe it doesn’t…. I will take that badge with honer…lol

Well I started looking at the top of my little box I am making my bride and do as I always do… Look for mistakes. I found a few minor ones, but all in all I was delighted on how the miters came out. I can honestly say they are by far the best miters I have cut and assembled to date. I got to thinking about past projects as well. My first practice box, my first real keepsake box made for my brides Grandfather. my countless attempts at wooden hinges before I found a way that worked for me, etc…. Looking back, those projects fail in comparison to most the work found here on LJ. I will say I am still very proud of them thought, simply because “They where the best I could do at that time”

I find myself using woodwork as an example to teach my daughters that things never happen over night. Weather it is math, spelling (which I still need tons of practice…lol), soccer, different work skills, or even woodwork a person must practice. That is the only true way to master (or get better) at anything….... keep trying and keep learning. The way I see it…. I am teaching my children by example. Maybe I am looking at it all weird, but I like the thought.

I never really made a blog before just spilling nonsense on here just for folks to read, but I was thinking about other noobs like myself who question their own capabilities. I still think there are tons of things that are out of my skill level. I will also note that I do not believe that there is anything out of my reach.

So to all my fellow noobs out there….. There is hope…. You can build and create anything you want. It does take time and a ton of practice. Be proud of what you make now and know there is no such thing as “Perfect” (I am still having a hard time with that one…lol). As my Dad always told me…. “Do the best you can do at everything you do and you will have no regrets”.... He was a very wise man.

Well, off to work and day dream of being back home in my shop. Thanks for reading my senseless rambling…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.



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degoose

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 02:36 PM

Makes a ton of sense to me… My mother often said before she passed… that if I never taught my daughters anything else, I had taught them by example to work hard and enjoy life…
I still have doubts about my abilities… all the time… but I just do the best I can..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Maveric777

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 02:39 PM

Hey Larry… I will trade you my doubts for yours….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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degoose

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 02:43 PM

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BLLSHT
LMAO

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Maveric777

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 02:45 PM

I almost choked on my coffee with that one!....lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 05:08 PM

A person can accomplish whatever they want if they want it enough. Practice, focus, concentration and then more practice. Woodworking is fun, enjoyable, relaxing, creative, rewarding, and sometimes even frustrating. I have been a woodworker all my life and I still get excited as a kid in a candy store every time I go to a lumber yard, tool store or go in the back yard to my shop. No matter how long we work at something we can always learn more, get ideas and be influenced and motivated by others…and who knows…maybe we might even influence & motivate someone else.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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Maveric777

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 05:42 PM

Good stuff Greg….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 05:50 PM

It was researched that to actually master something you have to do it for a 1000 hours (collectively of course lol).

The trick is to realize that, and enjoy the ride.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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buckeyedudes

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 12:12 AM

‘Try-try until you succeed, try-try again.

If it’s too tough for the rest of ‘em, it’s just right for me.

- Dad

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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