This is from another blog site of mine from a project from last year, but it seems so appropriate here I thought I’d port it over.
I’m working on a set of shelves for Caitlin, making them out of 3/4” red oak plywood, blah blah blah. The end result, when done, will be a second set of shelves to mirror the set on the other side of the fireplace.
So the plywood is ripped, banded, and ready for final cutting, then assembly. And this is where the procrastination kicks in.
I’m still at a stage in my woodbutchery “skills” that there is an air of uncertainty as to whether my cuts, rips, dadoes, and doodads will all fit like I want them. If I get it wrong, the look is sloppy, and it’s visible sloppy. And with most wood projects, wrong only has to be a 16tjh of an inch off for sloppy to look like “Oh dear God!”. So I play the put-off game; “I don’t want to start on that now, because I don’t have EVERY piece of wood cut and ready for gluing.”, or “I’ve still got to make the dadoes for the vertical supports.”, or “I’ve got those paperclips that need counting.”.
What it really comes down to is an uneasiness about actually having to go and finish the work. In almost every project of this nature I start off with I get to a point that I’m afraid to screw it up and motion stops until I finally get tired of the doubting voices in my head and barrel on through. Imperfections exist in all of my woodworking projects to date, but for the most part they are noticeable only if you are looking for faults in a product, rather than it’s strengths. Since I still consider myself a novice at this hobby, I’m hoping that this is a symptom that can be overcome with further practice – start a project, work on the project, finish the project. I’m currently trying to make a resolution that will see the assembly of the shelves done by the nightfall Sunday.
/ addenda . I made the deadline, had them finished within the following week, and they were in and I had a happier wife. /
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