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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 08-06-2011 09:03 PM 1146 reads 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: re: Project Photos Part 6 of QUESTION OF THE WEEK series Part 7: Favourite Wood »

Sometimes things go together smoothly and skills are picked up quickly….

... and then there are those personal challenges that just seem to take forever to get through.

What is/has been the most challenging part of woodworking for you?


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 09:11 PM

Does just getting to the shop count.

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 09:16 PM

absolutely…. that can be a challenge for so many reasons

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 09:17 PM

It’s always the glue up…I’m sure that eventually I’ll get used to how different woods swell and different joints bind…but right now, the glue up is a scary, awkward, stress inducing challenge every time. It doesn’t help that it’s also the stage at which all your previous work could be rendered pointless :).

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 09:19 PM

#1 Finishing #2 Finishing #3 Finishing….see a pattern here?
Larry, this guy hates ….finishing!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#5 posted 08-06-2011 09:25 PM

hmmm Toolz, do you have trouble with the finishing??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-06-2011 09:28 PM

Doing something I’ve not done before and trying to get it right, first time.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 08-06-2011 09:28 PM

Naaah, I mean maybe; or do I mean hell yes; and beside that I really hate doing it. I usually blame poor results on the humidity though ;-)..I mean it can’t be my fault, it must be the weather!!!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 08-06-2011 09:39 PM

trying to get my shop cleaned . Sometimes I just want to give up!

-- So live that those who know you but do not know God will come to know God because they know you.

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#9 posted 08-06-2011 10:07 PM

Grain orientation as im to blind to see the grain much if at all anymore (good thing I can always count on a friend to help with that)

-- Building quality in a throw away world.

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#10 posted 08-06-2011 10:28 PM

Time – there isn’t enough of it

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 08-06-2011 11:08 PM

resawing on the band saw.No matter how careful to set up the saw I can’t seem to get consistent cuts.haven’t given up yet

-- Bill in Mich

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#12 posted 08-06-2011 11:20 PM

Getting quality lumber locally is my biggest challenge. My options are either driving 65+ miles to a lumberyard that sells a limited amount of hardwoods or ordering lumber online sight-unseen. Other than that my woodworking is alot of fun and enjoyment.

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#13 posted 08-06-2011 11:51 PM

Finding straight, flat lumber here is southern New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#14 posted 08-07-2011 12:13 AM

Getting the time to consistently work in the shop and build skills as well as keeping household stuff from migrating from the house into a garage based shop.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 08-07-2011 12:37 AM

The Most frustrating tool for me to learn to use is the Skew Chisel. I have finally gotten to the point of it not going out of control, but it is not mastered by any means.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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