|Project by KnickKnack||posted 02-20-2011 03:25 PM||2622 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
A couple of weeks ago I was pretty ill. And the weather was bad. And I was a bit down about the whole woodworking thing (I’ve been here before and the general consensus was that I should give it up, but that’s not my thing). I’d spent a couple of hours in the “shop”, and nothing had gone right.
So I sat down against the storage heater (it was cold too), had a couple of glasses of Absinthe, and set about trying to have a critical analysis of what my woodworking was all about – why I was doing it, why I wasn’t doing it very well, and why I wasn’t happy with it. And, perhaps most importantly, why I wasn’t getting any better at it. Our cats joined me but didn’t really help much.
Too many things came up to list them here, but one of the most important was that I was CSI – Careless, Sloppy and Impatient (and you thought that was a TV series) – all with big bold capital letters. I trial fitted things before I put them together, and, if they didn’t fit, I told myself they would when I added glue and the time pressure was on. Doh! At the end of every day I used to say to myself “What have I learnt today” – and I came up with the right things, and then did the same stupid stuff again the next day. My strategies seemed to be “use a big mallet” and, as poopiekat put it so well “sand the hell out of it later”.
Anyways, I decided to try to make something a little more “normal”, to not try to avoid difficulties in things like joints, to spend that extra time shaving, sanding and mostly thinking before I proceeded to the next step. And this is what I came up with.
It certainly isn’t perfect, and there are some design flaws that I’d fix if I ever made another one, but, for me, this represents a giant leap forward in terms of quality of construction. You’d need a football team of octopi to count the times I stopped myself from “just pressing on”, which is good, but, alas, some still slipped through.
Ash and fumed oak. Oil/varnish/thiner finish.
All criticisms, thoughts, comments, suggestions etc – most welcome.
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