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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 02-28-2011 12:00 AM 808 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago it was titled, The Practice of Woodworking. After going back and making a few revisions it is could now be known as Mastering Practice to Perfect Woodworking Skills…or A Woodworker’s Greatest Strength.

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The above woodworking article was written a few months ago. It’s as much about the mindset of woodworking than any physical aspect of the craft. In this case this post is not about any specific project, tool, or technique. However, the subject matter is quite important and widely overlooked in my humble opinion. Yet, it is perhaps the most important element in woodworking for beginning woodworkers as well experienced woodworkers. However, I only recommend this article to a few out there…those who want to continually improve their woodworking skills.

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 12:34 AM

Bob, where is it?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 12:38 AM

Joe…Thanks for the heads up…much appreciated! It’s above the fold now.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 12:55 AM

OK… I was looking for an article titled something else… as if you had changed the title. LOL

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 01:29 AM

A very good article, Bob.

Yes, I think practice makes perfect… and we all need practice.

I tend to Over Plan, Over Study, every project I work on to be sure there will be NO Gottachas.

I also do not practice for Practice Sake… I will practice by actually doing something that will hopefully be useful when I’m done; in other words, for the most part, I’m not practicing on scrap wood that will remain scrap wood. I practice using woods that I can afford, like Poplar, plywood, etc. that will hopefully be something when done… If I goof, I work to fix… or modify the plan to make it work. (LOL)

When I practiced hand cut dovetails, I made ten little boxes… close to 3×5… really turned out to be small drawers for screws, etc. Every drawer I made got better & better as I went through it… I felt like stopping when I got to ten… I still have them… and they have screws, etc. in them… The earlier ones have a little putty in them… but you can still see the crappy joint that was made… and they are being used. It was fun!

I still enjoy taking a break from power tools and cut DT’s by hand… it’s a fun, relaxing, challenge for me.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 05:52 AM

Joe…great points.

It’s interesting how practice is approached. Some will practice just for the sake of practice and some like you have a specific use in mind. Your ten drawers to house screws is a great example and certainly the drawers will last a long time even if some of the joints were a little off. It is a good example of practicing where the outcome was not critically important. However, the more joints you make the better you get.

Working with hand tools or power tools require a feel that can only be developed by time spent working with the tools. It’s experience.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 03:29 PM

great article on wood wisdom. a great friend/brother that has helped me very much always told me
“it’s just wood”. if you make a mistake, grab another piece. “don’t get all stressed out” said me. :)
enjoy your time in the shop. if things start goin a bit iffee, then, take a break.
“Practice makes experiments Perfect”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 05:10 AM

Roger…

That’s great advice. Enjoying the craft is what it’s all about. The more we enjoy it, the better we get.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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