I'm Getting Nowhere Fast

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Blog entry by karen12 posted 03-20-2012 01:33 PM 777 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m getting nowhere fast and it doesn’t surprise me because I don’t use my scroll saw enough. It’s been 4 weeks since I got my first project cut out and that took me 3 weeks to do. I cut so slow as not to miss the line by a mile or cut into the good piece. I have issues that seem to stop me from just sitting down and working on something for more than a 20 minutes at a time. My hubby is disabled and needs help and I’ve always been possessed with a mental problem of getting myself to follow thru on things. It’s so frustrating!

Now that the project is being painted I’m having more trouble because I dislike the painting detail with a passion. The project may get done sometime next week and it’s just a small candle holder lol. I have my next project lined up and this time it’s out of maple, which is the first time to cut on something else besides baltic birch. I’m freaking out about trying to cut it because i cut so slow or will stop right where i am to figure out which way to adjust the wood so i go in the right direction and not into the project itself. It’s like when I cut a circle it’s a series of small lines then a turn to correct. I’m afraid I will burn the wood stopping like this and or going too slow. I have the tape on the wood though to help. What i really need is to practice but it always eludes me or I it. I get excited about the projects but fear gets in the way plus my care-taking of hubby or just plain business and life in general. I’m thinking of just going ahead and starting the new projects cuz they seem like doing them will b so much fun! One is my own design of a mini clock and the other is a plaque from Sheila’s and Keith’s. I just don’t want to ruin the wood. We arent rich lol.

Well if you have any ideas for this old lady hit the reply button and let me have it lol. I’ve watched all the vids, so I think I need my brain examined!

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 05:02 AM

Find a pallet with wide slats and make a half dozen of the same small object, something like a christmas ornament. Don’t try to make a perfect object just practice moving at a modest pace without screwing up. Even if you screw up it doesn’t matter just keep going till you finish one then move on. At the end maybe you’ll have a jump on an ornament for someone or maybe not, doesn’t matter; the goal is getting comfortable with the tool using wood you don’t care about. As for painting, can’t help you, I prefer to pass that off to my wife. It’ll be nice in a couple years when I can make christmas gifts and give them to the kids for painting.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 10:06 AM

Thanks derosa. I’ll give that a try.

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 12:26 PM


Keep plugging away. Like Rev. Russ says….. practice, practice, practice! You’ll eventually get to the point that you are more comfortable with the machines.
Just grab scrap wood, draw some lines and try following them. The lines don’t have to go anywhere, just have to be followed consistently.

For finish, I started out with a rag and some mineral oil. Apply oil to rag, rub onto wood. Repeat. Sometimes it’s kind of soothing to take frustrations out that way.

Good Luck, we’re pullin’ for ya!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 05:52 PM

Just keep at it and you will get faster without even knowing it. Don’t think of wood as something to buy. People are throwing away recyclable wood all the time. Just keep your eyes open.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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