Procrastinating the Fun

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 10-02-2011 08:11 PM 1212 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Normally when you think of procrastinating it’s always things like taking out the trash, or cleaning that corner of your shop that’s covered in sawdust for like 2 months. But lately I’ve found myself indirectly procastinating woodworking.

A few weeks back I started a cutting board project. A request came through our local woodworkers guild for some custom cutting boards and Eric wanted me to try and bid on the project. Personally I didn’t feel I was up to the challange, I’ve only made 1 cutting board and it wasn’t something I’d consider professional quality. Instead I decided to make one anyways, for myself or family or whoever I ended up giving it too just to see if I was really capable.

This was going to be my first real project video I was going to post on a youtube video blog I wanted to start. So I recorded everything, even talked to the camera explaining what I was doing etc.. The truth was I didn’t have a lot of fun talking to the camera, I’m a very shy person and I had a lot of trouble with the camera. I finished all the videos and began the edit the video down. This increased my shyness I disliked how I looked or spoke on camera. Maybe it’s just my vanity kicking in too much but when it came down to it I didn’t enjoy it.

As days went on I kept putting off finishing the cutting board video. Whenever I would go to work on other woodworking projects I would tell myself “I should work on the video” but then I ended up doing neither of those things. Earlier this week I made the decision that I won’t finish the video at least not any time soon. It was something I thought would be fun, but it wasn’t so I’m moving on and continueing with out the video camera because that is what I enjoy most.

I’ll still take plenty of pictures and post here, because I enjoy lumberjocks and think it’s a great community. I’m just not ready for the whole video blog thing.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 08:44 PM

Sometimes you have to take things off your to-do list and put them on your to-don’t list.
Congratulations for making the decision NOT to complete it. If it’s not fun, it’s the right decision and rather than agonize over it, you’ve put it to rest.
Not everything we do has to be televised!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 08:49 PM

Better to do what you enjoy then what you don’t enjoy buddy.
I bet the cutting board still turns out great!

-- Eric, central Florida

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 09:42 PM

I agree completely, I feel much better now that it’s on my to don’t list.

The cutting board turned out good, considering some of the major mistakes I made building it, it’s been finished for over a week though I’ll take some pictures later today and add it to my projects list. I was holding off because of “the video”

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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