|Project by FlashG||posted 08-16-2015 06:49 AM||900 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
This is my first really worthwhile project. For years I’ve been struggling with motivation, not because I don’t want to make things, but because I have the perfectionist’s curse and don’t have the skills to live up to my expectations. However, I decided that I needed a shoe rack and that it should meet the following requirements:
1. It would not be perfect. Trying to make something perfect when you lack the knowledge and/or skills to do so is incredibly frustrating, demoralising and time-consuming. This project would have plenty of warts and mistakes, but because it was a shoe rack, it would look “good enough” however it ended up.
2. It would very much be a learning experience for me. I would learn to use various tools and techniques that I hadn’t tried before, and rather than worrying over how successful I was, I would try them anyway and either fix any major errors, or if possible, live with them and be happy that I wouldn’t make the same mistakes the next time.
I am happy to report that the project was extremely successful on both counts! It is most certainly not perfect (started with bowed/cupped wood (NOT a good idea and I will NEVER do that again!), lots of planing marks, pencil marks left in, drips of varnish (mostly at the back though) dowels visible because of the bowed legs, etc.), and I learned so much – I used the planer, the router, dowels, glue, varnish (just two coats of polyurethane) and lots of clamps.
It was designed straight from my head but with some influence from other similar creations, and measurements of its location just beside my front door. As you can see, the larger shoes on the left fit perfectly – just as I intended.
Next project is a simple table for a friend. It won’t be as complicated as the shoe rack but I’ll be using much better timber.