As of right now, I have completed exactly one woodworking project. I’ve restored tools to working condition, sure, but only one time thus far have I put steel to wood and create something. However, now I have tons of projects flying through my head. I want to build a simple box, just as an excuse to cut dovetails and get used to them. I have my 2×12 bench challenge. I’ve got tons upon tons of ideas flowing through my head. Honestly, I’ll probably forget most of the before I ever have a chance to actually build them! And that, dear friends, is the slippery slope in my title.
I can easily see me jumping from one project to the next without finishing the previous one. I’ll have to be focused on that project until/unless I get stuck and need that break BADLY! Even then, I have to give myself a timeline to get me back on track. Otherwise, I’ll have tons of half finished projects, and with my shop situation being what it is, that’s a very bad thing.
So, that leaves me with what to do. My thoughts on this are pretty straight forward. Design whatever ideas pop into my head. Draw it out, and hold onto it. As I learn more, I’ll see some of these drawings again and realize it isn’t feasible. Perhaps it’s not strong enough, or perhaps it’s over engineered. Who knows, but at least then the ideas aren’t lost forever.
All I want it so make good, quality stuff. I’m not worried about the rest, like fortune or fame. If stuff like that is meant to be, it’ll be. I doubt it is, and that’s really cool. I just want to make stuff that will outlast my grandkids. Is that so much to ask for?
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!