I find myself caught up in the act of doing, many times to the detriment of a project.
I look at the projects that are done on LJs, and I want to learn to do them, but then I start a project and get so taken by the idea of completing the project that I don’t take the time to do the project well. What I end up with is usually something serviceable, but often not of the quality of work I aspire to.
They say that acknowledging a problem is the first step in resolving the problem. If that’s the case, then I am at the door and ready to start on the path to learn to work wood rather than hash at it.
I have power tools, no hand tools. While I probably will want to involve myself with using hand tools down the road, I think I should concentrate on learning to fine-tune and use the tools I have before I try to install yet another skill set
So. I finally made a zero clearance throat plate for my tablesaw, after having had it for over two years. I have yet to actually TUNE the saw, though my cuts are pretty good. I still have the fence that came with the Jet saw, which I got before they went to the Beysermeyer fence. I built the cabinet that housed the saw and router together, andit’s serviceable. I need to build a fence for the router table portion.
So the next project is benches for the back porch. My wife doesn’t want anything too frilly – something to sit on, and she doesn’t want a back to these. I’ve come up with an initial design, something sturday and easily made out of 2×4s. And while it’s relatively easy, I want them to look good too.
My plan? Work slowly. Take my time. Breathe deep when I feel like I need to rush through the project, and try to learn from it.
Meanwhile, I come to LJs for inspiration. The chance to see what CAN be done with wood.
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