The agony, the agony, some more agony and the ecstasy #14: Hitting the wall...

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Blog entry by 404 - Not Found posted 05-04-2013 11:17 PM 1150 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: winging it - Bolection mouldings Part 14 of The agony, the agony, some more agony and the ecstasy series Part 15: Soliloquy »

That’s what Marathon runners call that point where they want to give up.
I could never see the point in running personally. Quicker to drive.

This job feels like a Marathon, a test of endurance, and I’ve reached a point in this where nothing seems to be happening. I’m spending long days at it trying to get it finished, but there seems to be so many things to do still, glue ups for shelves, making mouldings, adding shelf stretchers, fixing little things that aren’t quite right, like the drawers that were too tight, shimming out the hinges. there’s one schoolboy error I made with the shelf in the centre carcase. Glued/screwed and plugged the shelf stretchers in that one and then discovered the shelf won’t go in any way other than from behind, not a biggie, just not what I had planned on doing.

Lots of alone time with the ear protectors on, planing, routing and sanding. I get to think about things I would have done differently on this job, like whether it was wise to buy 2” stock – when the inch has proven to be much more stable and easier to handle, or how the web frame for the drawers would have been a lot easier to make on the bench than make it in the carcase.

It’s nearly there, not far to go now. The home straight.

The whole place is covered with fine red dust, I plan to make a spray booth from plastic sheets taped floor to ceiling for finishing this job, I have extraction in the ceiling. Spray the carcases first and cover with drop cloths, then shelves, doors and drawers. Better finish making it though before thinking about that.

It is looking good though.

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 11:38 PM

I agree, it is quicker to drive. BUT, after you finish a mountain trail run of 101.3 miles that traverses 13 mountain passes the highest of which is over 14000 feet and has total climb of 34,900 feet and it takes every bit of strength and will to finish it in 46h50m (no breaks, no sleep) you begin to see the point in running. I’m just saying… ;)

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 02:32 PM

Usually when I think I’m almost done, I’m about 40% there. Details, mistakes, repairs, sanding and things that you’ve been avoiding take seemingly forever.
I jolly along my boss by feigning incompetence and exhaustion but seeing as you are your own I would suggest feigning a studied indifference. Go ahead, fire me.
I prefer driving too, but even better, being driven.

Looking forward to the finished piece in all its swan song glory.

Are you keeping a running total of your time or would you rather not know?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 03:41 PM

Thank you Gene, that is reassuring. So I am not the only one this happens to. Phew!

This job has taken a back seat again Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun because I got married on Friday.

Although I have often referred to my ‘wife’ on Lumberjocks, it was always easier and quicker to say ‘wife’ than ‘long suffering partner’ or ‘partner and baby mother’. Anyway we did it, quietly and without much fuss, just a nice weekend with family.

Now back to this job. Next part “Corbels”, followed by “Soliloquy” and ending on ‘• F I N •’

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 01:51 AM


-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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