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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 04:51 PM

Rich, I definitely have the same problem, at least to a degree. I will quote myself….........(-:

1) “I Cannot do Quick and Dirty AnyMore… a melody?”

2) “Dirty Dancing, and Quick as well- Garden Honey Do”

Now the first one is definitely a lament, I really can’t make total crap anymore. Here is a piece of junk I literally threw together, but of course it lasted 15 years, but now has been replaced. Notice that it is unfinished, the wood is splintered where I drilled holes with the old time spade bits, etc.

It has been replaced with this:

Notice the cute little oak footies, the WATCO finish, the carefully designed curves. I have subsequently added a group of punches to the rack, and I use it all the time. This is a clearly overkill.

The second, well, I took some absolute junk wood, and made some very simple planter stands, and painted them. This one shows the evolution away from just slapping something together. No fine woodworking joints, but definitely designed and executed in a fashion that makes them attractive and durable.

So, no. I cannot just slap something together anymore. Probably the only place I am even coming close is the installation of my new sanding machines on a ancient built in tool bench that came with the house. It is scheduled for demotlition to make way for first class cabinets, etc. No sense in getting fancy there.

I am getting a very bad case of LJ Overkill. I think it is getting worse, and is probably incurable….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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