I just got a call from my wife. “We’re overflowing with books in the office, can you make some bookshelves so that we can get them organized?” At this point, I’d like to be beaming with pride and start down the wonderful path of designing and planning out some fantastic bookshelves. Maybe they’ll be a very contemporary design with hidden support dowels embedded into the studs, or some nice quartersawn oak with through tenons and ebony pegs ‘a la’ Greene and Greene style.
In actuality, I’m thinking….wait for it…...wait for it…....
“If you can get stuff and put them up tonight I can have that room cleaned up before the weekend.”
....thud, the other shoe drops.
I find it hard to juggle the balance between getting things done quickly with getting things done right (right in my mind anyway). Sure I can stop at Ikea or Home Depot on the way home, grab some cheap melamine shelves that will go with the cheap melamine desks in the office, put them up and be done with it. After all, we’re going to redo the room in a few months anyway….uh oh, now I’m rationalizing it too.
But isn’t the point of being a woodworker (especially as a hobbyist) the ability to MAKE things like this? Of course, I recognize that budgeting time to do the work and having to wait for finishes to dry and glue to dry will mean that the project will take more than a couple of hours.
I blame our societal need to have things ‘now’ instead of having the patience to think the purchase through, wait for something better to be built by hand and cherish the result for years to come.
On that note, since I’ll be at Home Depot anyway maybe I’ll do some impulse shopping for a dovetail jig or maybe one of those newfangled router tables made from melamine.
-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.