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#1 posted 01-10-2012 04:05 PM

Often, only you will notice mistakes in the final work.

Don’t panic in the event of the inevitable mistakes or mishaps.. Half the skill (and fun) is figuring out how to work around, incorporate or co-opt the inevitable flubs. Use it as a skill builder. You don’t have to abandon parts or projects that aren’t perfect. Just decide how to hide, adapt or adopt the problem. This is not an endorsement of sloppy or shoddy work. I’m just observing that you WILL make errors. Roll with it. Be resilient.

This fits in with a corollary. Don’t slavishly follow any plan. If you like different elements of several designs, incorporate the desirable and abandon the chaff. Make it your own.

And mark your work. Own it. Be proud of it. Even the less than perfect pieces.

And don’t be afraid to ask for help.

A second bit of advice: learn how to sharpen and maintain your tools and ACTUALLY DO IT. Problems often follow skipping the fundamentals.

BTW. Sandor Nagyszalanczy has a great book and several articles on fixing woodworking mistakes.

-- Dave, Oak Park, IL

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