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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 06-20-2008 05:10 AM 1086 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was talking to a guy yesterday and he said he had a garage full of woodworking tools and just didn’t have the drive to get started. He was amazed that I had made a house full of cabinets and that was the first time I had made kitchen cabinets. Well, I told him something that I had not really thought of until I said it.

I tried to explain my woodworking motivation by saying, “You should always take on projects that you have never done before and really don’t know how to do when you start, and ask yourself, ‘what in the world was I thinking,’ halfway through the project.”

This will force you to get busy and learn about woodworking in a pressure-cooker situation. You will be better and enjoy your craft more when you challenge yourself.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 06-20-2008 11:48 AM

This is a nice philosophy with which I totally agree. Too often we tend to limit ourselves to projects with which we are “comfortable”. But by moving outside our comfort zone we enable ourselves to grow and develop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Les Hastings

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#2 posted 06-20-2008 12:51 PM

I agree 100%, I do that all the time. Its the best way to learn new things by pushing yourself and your limits. Pretty soon there are no limits,( working on that part still!)

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 06-20-2008 09:57 PM

My problem is that I tend to be too overly analytical. When I approach something that I’ve never done, I’ve already drawn it out, measured 7 times, consulted, re-consulted, pondered, on and on…. With simpler things I just do it on the fly.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 06-21-2008 05:45 PM

I couldn’t have said it better I agree 100 %

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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