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Blog entry by oscorner posted 02-17-2007 11:49 AM 604 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again, I have complete the projects that have been in different phases of construction in my shop. Some needing the cut list to be completed, others needing to be assembled, while others are being finished. Once this process is completed, the decision needs to be made. What next? Another table, finish that rocking chair I began building a year ago…search through the hundreds of plans from the internet and magazines that I have compiled over the last six years for something that grabs my attention…something that will challenge me to improve my skills? It’s a decision that must be made before any work can begin. And yes, I must check my inventory of wood. Do I have the wood I need? Cherry, Oak, Sunken Cypress, etc? Is there enough to complete the project? Will I have to invest in more wood, screws, glue, tools, or time than what I have? Do I posses the skills or can I develope the skills needed to take on this project? Will this project be something I need( a jig, sled or feather board) or maybe a gift(birthday, anniversary, etc.)? Decisions!! How do you decide? Maybe I can take the plans, throw them up in the air and the one or ones the land face up will be the ones I choose from? It’s work deciding where to go from here. Will I create a masterpiece or something less? One thing is certain…I will grow and learn and admire those who create the masterpieces that inspire me to keep trying to better my skills.

-- Jesus is Lord!



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 02-17-2007 12:49 PM

how exciting—not only are you nearing completion of a masterpiece but you are also anticipating the next !!
Maybe the question is: what tool do I need to buy and then pick a project that uses that tool :)
(I think that is the guidance I have heard on LJ’s before :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 02-17-2007 12:57 PM

Hi Mark;
—-well one things for sure, and that is as workers of wood we all have our own many ways!

....ha!; some say, just ask the wood….
Glad to see you up early and ‘top o’ the morn to you’!!!
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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oscorner

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#3 posted 02-17-2007 01:03 PM

Good morning, Frank. I’ve been working since, 5:20p.m., yesterday. I hope to be sleeping by,7:30a.m. I work shiftwork…12hrs and have an hour drive to and from work!

MsDebbieP, thanks for the kind words, but I’m far from a masterpiece especially when I gaze upon the ones posted on this website. They say the fun is in the journey and I’m looking forward to it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 02-17-2007 02:39 PM

Oscorner,

One thing that I have learned from my woodworking is – I am so lucky to be able to have many projects going on at once. It tends to get a little cluttered and a bit confusing at times – and maybe takes a little longer to get up to speed when iI return to that project ( assuming I didn’t steal a piece for another project) a small price to pay. I remain grateful that I can be one of the lucky ones to be able to practice my craft – as many others I know – don’t have a shop – the time, money, or tools to be able to do what we do. Woodworking. Oh The joy of woodworking. The other wife…. oops I mean life.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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#5 posted 02-17-2007 04:18 PM

and so the question is: what qualitifes as a “masterpiece” ??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 02-17-2007 05:30 PM

I let the projects choose themselves… which one needs to be done next (out of obligation for gift, etc…) or what do I NEED in the shop to complete the next one after that (Jig, larger work surface, clamping structrure) Otherwise I’ll work on the one that excites me the most at that time. Will do a better job on what you WANT to do VS what you HAVE to do.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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oscorner

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#7 posted 02-18-2007 02:31 AM

Thanks for the help, LumberJocks. I knew that I could count on you!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 02-18-2007 04:19 AM

Discipline, discipline, discipline…I really try to finish a project before I jump to the next one.

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#9 posted 02-18-2007 05:56 AM

Yes, Mark, I like Scott, let the projects choose themselves. I’ve never made anything for the sake of making it. I normally start with what would my recipient like? Since most of my projects are gifts, knowing what the recipient would appreciate, narrows down the decision making process. Then I might eliminate some potential projects because they requires tools, or space that I just don’t have. I seldom eliminate a project because of skill limitations. I use each project as a means to learn new skills. But I can’t create space where I don’t have it, and even though I may be able to afford a new tool, if it takes up too much space – its a no-brainer.

And I usually work like Dennis. One project at a time through to completion. That’s partially because I think linearly and partially because I haven’t got the space to have a lot of WIP in my shop.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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oscorner

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#10 posted 02-18-2007 06:23 AM

I tend to be more like, Dusty. I usually end up with a couple of projects going at a time. This happens because while I’m waiting for a coat of finish to dry or a glue up to dry I can be cutting parts for another project, jointing or planing some lumber, etc. Because of this need to be productive with my limited time, I end up with several stages of completion happening in my shop. Sometimes like, Dusty it gets scattered or piled in different places, but it always seems to come together in the end, thankfully. Oh yeah, and there is always the need to get the shop a little more organized. I still need to build some cabinets, a workbench and more cabinets. These larger projects are going to have to be done one at a time because of the space they will take up.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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