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thought of the day #2: small steps can sometimes carry you farther.

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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 557 days ago 718 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: vidoes, blogs and mentors Part 2 of thought of the day series Part 3: Workbench design, traditional or go crazy »

So I was finishing,literally finishing my last project and quite pleased with myself it was the first time I used a top coat or two step finishing of any kind. It wasn’t difficult and to be honest I asked advice before taking the plunge. But it opened my eyes up to a lot of possibilities that I was hesitant to even think about.

This is my morning coffee pondering’s this morning and the realization came to me I, as probably most of us, get excited over small steps forward in my woodworking as much or more than complex processes that I have been researching. In fact I think I personally enjoy the easy more. This probably is a duh moment for most of you, but I had not realized the level of enjoyment a simple advancement such as rub on poly on top of BLO could bring vs. a completed project. Don’t get me a completed project brings pride and a sense of accomplishment but don’t we all get a little more excited and feel a sense of accomplishment when we have figured out something that unlocks other possibilities.

In someways I am very thankful that I am newer to woodworking and have a lot to discover. Anyway that was the morning thought over coffee.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 557 days ago

”but I had not realized the level of enjoyment a simple advancement such as rub on poly on top of BLO could bring vs. a completed project”

Uhmmmm, yep! Kinda like the very first time I ever slathered mineral on a just sanded cutting board. Wow! Did those colors ever POP!

You woulda thought I had just invented “sliced bread’ LOL

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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jacob34

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#2 posted 557 days ago

It really is, we think as adults that the wholly molly moments of joy that our children feel kids feel when the make a step forward are not the same, but really they are. I remember putting finish on curly maple and thinking wow.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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Don W

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#3 posted 557 days ago

I am very thankful that I am newer to woodworking and have a lot to discover….. Don’t worry, that never goes away. There is always a new joint, new type of finish, new tool, new machine, new technique, new project…....well you get the idea.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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jacob34

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#4 posted 557 days ago

I haft to admit that is one reason I enjoy woodworking, even if you think you have figured something out you can always find a new way for some other process or even discover a new thing.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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HandyGramps

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#5 posted 557 days ago

Its great to learn something new; no matter how trivial it may seem.
I have only been serious about woodworking for a few years, even though I am in my senior years.
It is nice to take it slow and enjoy the trip as well as the destination…

-- To stop learning is to stop living..... Be open to new things

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ToyMakingDad

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#6 posted 557 days ago

When I strung up my first flippy acrobat and gave the ladder part a gentle squeeze, my eyes lit up and I actually giggled I was so happy/surprised/pleased to see it work. I felt like a little kid. I had a real moment of “Hey, I MADE that and IT’S COOL! Making stuff is fun.” It was my first action toy and it made me want to make more. Reading your post reminded me of that moment. Thanks.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com

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