As I get older, I look around at my fairly well-equipped workshop, and I start to get overwhelmed. There are sets of wooden legs that have no project to belong to, some tools in various stages of disassembly, lumber I’ve saved for projects I may never get to. My attention gets all scattered. I know I’ve gotta re-focus, get my priorities straightened out, and get the stuff done that needs to be done, and get myself unburdened from the less important tasks hanging over my head. I realize that I must concentrate on the most gratifying aspects of my hobby, and stop trying to be the be-all and end-all.
I am going to turn a corner by gradually implementing the following resolutions, bit by bit, until I become the woodworker I want to be: 1. I want to avoid using any manufactured sheetgoods. MDF, tempered hardboard, particle board, plywood, (except veneer plywood of domestic quality), and use only solid wood for my projects. Anything that requires crappy materials…I’m not going to make that kind of stuff anymore. 2. I want to eliminate all sources of fine dust wherever possible, and reduce my use of sandpaper to only between finish coats, or sharpening operations. Planing and scraping instead, wherever possible. 3. Reduce my dependency on power tools as much as possible. I can easily get rid of my routers and table, dovetail fixtures, table saws, jointer, sanders, biscuit joiner, air compressor and air tools. I’d retain my drill press, bandsaws, and keep my thickness planer until my hand-planing skills come up to snuff. 4. Concentrate on creating items only of artisan value, fine furniture and objets d’art. 5. Develop relief-carving skills and add hand-carved features to cabriole legs and drawer fronts, etc. 6. Listen to PBS instead of crappy classic-rock stations in my shop. 7. Reduce my menagerie of hand tools down to a manageable size, and get rid of duplicates. 8. Add other media to my work, like stained glass, textiles,ceramic and brass. 9. Let go of goofy jigs, tips, and other nonsense which is the stuff of pop woodworking magazines. 10. Discourage antagonistic activity in my threads. Bad jokes that aren’t funny, off-topic comments, and input from people with an ax to grind. I really don’t need it, folks! Thanks for reading!
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