Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #44: Thoughts From The Asylum

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Blog entry by William posted 02-24-2012 12:55 AM 10037 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 02-24-2012 01:34 AM

Hi William, I have been lurking here for a few weeks . This post has made me join and make my first post.

For the first few years I was always focused on the final product and rushed to finish a project.

I was never happy with the amount of progress I made, and the pace left the quality of my work a little lacking. I would kick myself over every mistake and usually storm out of the workshop and give up for the day.

Then one day a little light went off in my head, the destination wasnt the reward the journey was. My pace slowed down, it started using more hand tools and appreciating the process.

Guess what happend, the quality of my work improved, every minute was enjoyable. I love the feeling of handplaning, the smell of the wood. Time spend tinkering away with family and friends.

Everytime I make a mistake I remind myself that I am self taught and every mistake is a new lesson I have just learnt.

Forget the excpectations, enjoy the process, this world is stressful enough without pressuring yourself any further.

PS I love your workshop, I have been drooling over it for a few weeks.



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#2 posted 02-24-2012 02:09 AM

You have accomplished a great feat! That band saw is impressive. So, I would say you are indeed being to hard on yourself.

With that said, it is not time to rest on your laurels! Once the band saw is reassmbled, I suggest working on a project just for yourself, that only utilizes the band saw. Or at least the bare minimum of any other power tools. During that project, take joez71’s advice and enjoy the journey! In the end you will have the band saw & the first project created with it, to always remind you of your success. And you may even find out that you enjoyed the journey. Personally, I might make a box in which to place the plans and pictures of the “Great Top-Secret-Project Build of 2012”.

As you know, I’m a wanna be, newbie! I would not attempt a project of this scope. Since first seeing the first post of the Top-Secret-Project, I have enjoyed following your jouney. I just hope you enjoyed it as much as I!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 02:10 AM

William .. heres my take. While its very commendable to strive for perfection on each and every thing you do i feel that one sets himself up for failure because nothing will ever be totally perfect. I try and pick and choose what i would really like to be perfecct .. what im saying is that perfection is an unattainable goal (for the most part) and to get it as close to perfection as you can takes superior efforts in each and every facet. Whether it be your health, your back, screaming kids, barkin dogs we all have a lot of other things to focus on. Be happy that you got this far .. im damn impressed brother.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 02:10 AM

William, The fact that you even attempted to build a bandsaw earned my everlasting respect!!! I couldn’t do that given ten years to finish it. I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it. I have to agree that for me the journey is the rewarding part of woodworking. When the project is done I feel letdown as I now think “what am I gonna do now?” Enjoy the process and it will get done as time allows.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 02:13 AM

I gotta tell ya, I’ve done a LOT of projects that I have never posted here. I just don’t take the time to do it. However, I do take my time doing my woodwork. I know that when I push myself, my best work doesn’t get done. I take much more pride in the work that took time than something that I did quickly.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 02:18 AM

William One of my biggest things is I will not commission myself or sell my work. Thats me and my choice. The reason I choose to be this way is because I don’t want a deadline. It then becomes a job. It stays fun for me because I do it at MY pace.
Now that being said. Is wood working your job? Are you your own boss? You answer to yourself no one else. William take it easy, do what you can, it will all be there tomorrow. Lucas is in no rush for you to hurry up and get her done. You do it for the love of doing it. Slow your pace, step back and admire what you have created. Let the rest of us enjoy our time with you and your work. I would like to have my friend around for a while. Who else is going to find me an anvil?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 02-24-2012 02:20 AM

I have a question for every one. I am my own worst critic. Are you?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-24-2012 02:42 AM

Well put joez71…..

William, Nothing is sweeter than victory. And you, my woodbuddy, have won. You have built a large part of 2 machines in a short period of time. I have watched you through the build and got to know you quite well. I will tell you that I am totally impressed. I have been a train-a-holic longer than I’ve been a wood-a-holic. I belonged to a model railroad club, taught classes on building model railroads, and did all of the local train shows. Things got so hectic at one point that I had to step back and ask myself if this is what a hobby was. My answer was no. My hobby started on my time, at my pace. I had got caught up in it to the point that it wasn’t that enjoyable any more. I gave up the club, the classes, the shows and put my hobby back at home where it belonged. I have learned a lot from that and use the same madness in my woodworking. I build on my pace and nobody else. Well I speed up a bit in December for Santa. Pour another cup and keep doing what you do best and at a pace that makes you comfortable…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#9 posted 02-24-2012 03:34 AM

Im currently building a dresser for my daughter. In my opinion it is a freaking horrible nightmare. All the solid stock came out of the fire wood pile, so I have tear out and glue lines showing, etc. After cutting out mortises by hand yesterday I realized I had no idea how to sharpen chisels, I spent the entire day today sharpening. Im still struggeling with the hand plane, man I need some lessons in this. But I digress, First the ability to focus on a project this long amazes me let alone the complexity of it and then add is the fact it’s a joint project. Yes insane (in a good way) should come to mind, but the fact it does means you still alright. yeah you are probably to hard on yourself but arent we all. I have been noticing little things in my wood working; actually trying to read the grain, understanding tearout and prevention, and not pushing for the end of a project but just pushing to continue working on it. I’m pretty infamous for starting a project and then it sit for years, this hobby has helped me to learn to focus and be consistant. I stumbled into woodworking while unemployed and as a man not being able to work, I really began to understand why men during the depression would work for free just to work. Look to me like you are way ahead of the game

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#10 posted 02-24-2012 03:44 AM

Thank you all for your comments and advice.
I just ordered plans for my next project.
It is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, but could never justify ordering the plans since it was something I wanted to build just for me.
When I get it done, it will go on top of my gun cabinet.
This next project will be made mostly using the scroll saw. I hve decided though that since it’s mostly small parts, I’m going to prep all the material I can on the new band saw.

Dave, to answer your question, yes, I am my own worst ciritc. Every project I do, most people call it perfect while I can usually pick out at least ten things wrong with it. Then I try again next time, only to find ten different things wrong.


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#11 posted 02-24-2012 04:41 AM

William, take your time with no time limits, do your best work and and not beat yourself up. You are doing great work. When you want to beat youself up just ask { Why }. Take care our freind.

-- David, Center,Texas

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#12 posted 02-24-2012 05:10 AM

Marty, it’s funny you mention you’re a trainaholic.

Here is what I ordered the plans for. This is something I have wanted to do for a while.
My grandfather worked for Illinois Central Railroad. I have been fascinated with trains since I was a tot. I’ve wanted to build this, but haven’t brought myself to justify building something JUST FOR ME that will take the time that this will.
Ok, I know the bandsaw was just for me, but that’s something to work with.
You know what? Now that I think about it, I may just build me a shelf to mount in my shop area to put this on. It will be a constant reminder to look after ME.


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#13 posted 02-24-2012 05:11 AM

William I love it. And think of the future grandkids you can show it to.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 02-24-2012 05:14 AM

It’s going to be a fun one Super.
I don’t know if you checked out the link or not. You can’t tell by the photo, but that thing will be four foot long.


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#15 posted 02-24-2012 05:24 AM

Make room for a candle in the stack, its got to look like its steaming.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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