Two weeks, and I’ve had a chance to indulge in working in the shop for hours at a time with daylight. It was a good vacation, but one of the things I noticed in the long run was my lack of patience for getting the job done and in use.
It starts off with the idea, and then as I get into the design aspect and taking my time to make sure I’ve got it close to right. Somewhere in-between making the shopping list of materials and the first cut of wood the impatience bug bites. While I still suffer the occasional dragging of feet because I’m afraid I’ll mess things up after a certain point, that is becoming less of an issue while my desire to have the project finished has increased.
It might be the difference between hand tools vs. power tools, or maybe I’ve gotten the wrong impression from watching woodworking TV shows. Heck, Norm can build a Shaker-style reproduction display case in 30 minutes, and David Marks can put together a piece of art in the same amount of time. Why can’t I? ;-)
In any case, it can lead to errors in the production, and it’s the reason I’m examining it.
I like the idea that my time in the workshop should be done when I’m relaxing, not working off frustration; I have music for the latter (There’s nothing like a set of four jigs (musical) played at lightning speed to boil away frustration quickly). I don’t know about the rest of you, but my work-to-cleanup ratio FEELS like 2:3, though even the cleanup is satisfying in the end because there’s that sense of accomplishment.
So. I’ve decided to try to bring patience into my workshop. I may even make a sign. I’ve got a six-panel box to build for my mother’s christmas gift along with a few other things I’d like to do between now and then, so let’s see if I can practice the patience I seek.
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