There was a book written a few years ago entitled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. While I am not an advocate of violence, I do sometimes entertain the thoughts of various purgatories for the author. I do understand Richard Carlson’s point about trying to live life stress free and not worry so much about little things, but it is the little things that often make or break us.
As Charles Bukowski once wrote -
it’s not the large things that
send a man to the
madhouse, death he’s ready for, or
murder, incest, robbery, fire, flood…
no, it’s the continuing series of small tragedies
that send a man to the
not the death of his love
but a shoelace that snaps
with no time left…
the dread of life is that swarm of trivialities
that can kill quicker than cancer
and which are always there—
As I have stated a few times, I have been making it a goal to outfit my shop as best as possible this year. I have been picking up the machines I have wanted, every other paycheck dedicated to a larger purchase. I mostly concentrated on the machines but there are also times when one has to concentrate on building up stock of the small things.
When we are new, that seems to be where the focus is. We need the scrollsaw, the tablesaw, the jointer, the planer, etc. What often is not understood in the beginning is the fact that those are the cheap items :) Then you have the blades, the sharpening supplies, sandpaper, glue, drill bits, router bits, chisels, clamps, fasteners, and sometimes you might even have to think about wood :)
So my concentration this last month has been stocking up on the supplies. I have been creating my grocery list of the little odds and ends. I am hoping to get that Rockler gift card soon. I already have the cart created for glue (titebond extenze versions for slower set times), detail sanding pads, painters pyramids, Olsen scrollsaw blades, burnisher and file for the card scrapers I received for Christmas, and I went to big box stores yesterday and picked up another collection of quality clamps and bulk sandpaper packs. I will be making an order to McFeely’s soon for their fasteners. All the things that don’t really cross my mind until I look at a project and realize I am short on a number of things.
To paraphrase a very old proverb on “sweating the small stuff”
For want of a clamp, the glue joint was lost
For want of a glue joint the board was lost
For want of a board the project was lost
Happy woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.