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Blog entry by matter posted 02-16-2008 02:41 AM 952 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really doubt that I’m the only guy on the site who sits on their bench at the end of the day, and pontificates the work that we do.

What can I do better?
Is there a decent dust collection system for a lathe?
Why did my last batch of logs check so bad?

I think that all of the work that we do with our hands while working with wood is only eclipsed by the work that we do with our minds. At the end of the day, without a task at hand, what do the rest of you contemplate before you leave the shop?

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 02-16-2008 03:51 PM


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 02-16-2008 03:52 PM

maybe bed

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 02-16-2008 05:12 PM

What did I learn something today? At my age, did I quit befor I got to tired to enjoy my project or do something in an unsafe maner? I think I will go and brouse through some of my old woodworking magazines.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 02-16-2008 06:24 PM

You are absolutely right. Whenever I am in the problem solving phase of a project or working on my shop, I lie awake in bed long in to the night. I find it really hard to sleep until I have worked something out in my head. It’s true that most of our woodworking is probably done out of the shop (daydreaming), and this is valuable time spent. Interesting post.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 02-16-2008 07:00 PM

lots of time spent standing and staring (pretend that I’m thinking) better methods, shop layout, what was I just looking for…? I have better luck thinking in the shower, in the car, etc… when I’m busy doing something else. I’ve learned that I can’t force creative solutions, just have to wait for them to find me. inevitably they do. But in the meantime I’ll move over to a different project. Turn a pen or flip through a magazine and have a snack.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 02-17-2008 12:41 AM

Why am I so messy? Why do others seem so creative, and I am not? Why is this so expensive? But I love it, and I will keep doing it as long as I am able.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 03:16 PM

Hi Guys;

I almost always have a seat in the shop to review what I’ve done, reviewing it with the advantage of hindsight.

It’s also gives me the opportunity to take in the shop and realize just how lucky I am to have it.

I’ll also plan the following days “attack plan”.

I find that something thats needs some engineering prior to being built has a way of disclosing itself to me by the next day.

Or the day after that, or the day after that. Oh man, now I’m really behind. lol

Seriously, it does seem to bounce around my head while I’m sleeping. (good thing my head is mostly empty).


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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