There have been quite a few times that the long list of Wood Working Celebrities have commented on what it takes to become a good wood worker. The one common quote usually goes a little something like this.
Stop (watching / reading, ) my (show / blog), getup and get into your shop and get woodworking
This type of quote has been issued time and time again, and I realized that I have been sitting in my living room and watching these shows and reading these blogs more than I had gotten into my shop. This was partly due to my continued journey in higher education which has recently come to its wonderful conclusion resulting in what will no doubt be another project on my woodworking list. (Build a frame suitable for holding and protecting that very expensive piece of paper)
Recently I have completed several projects including quite a few pens, a bottle stopper, a small bowl and a pencil holder. The pencil holder project, although simplistic in nature, included my first miter joints, and my first rabbit joint. These previously had been quite intimidating. (Seasoned woodworkers, you can stop laughing now.)
Having spent the last couple of years working on the lathe, I had not had to perform a task like this. I soon found out that the only intimidating part of these joints is that I had never attempted them because they took some time to consider, setup and execute. Granted, they were not perfect, but it was nothing a little clamp pressure and a little sanding couldn’t easily remedy.
Lessons Learned: Due to a little more time in the shop and a willingness to attempt something I had not done previously, and a lot of videos, I now understand what it takes to setup and perform a miter joint as well as a rabbit joint.
Final Words: Stop reading this blog, getup and get into your shop and get woodworking!
-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek