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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 09:18 PM

Patience and attention to detail. It is easier to do something right at the outset than to fix errors afterwards. The reason I am successful here in Mexico is because most of the woodworkers/carpenters here have the “good enough” attitude. In my case I prefer to redo a piece that was cut or sized wrong, or damaged than to spend hours trying to match color and grain with paste or sawdust/glue combinations.

Granted sometimes you cannot help it, for example I am remodeling a home at the moment. Bricklayers here in Mexico are incapable of making a square, be that a window, door sill, or a straight wall. If you make a perfectly square frame it wont fit, or will separate at the corners. Nothing to do but fill in the gaps as best as you can but if we are talking about furniture, a kitchen or anything like that, perfect fit, perfect finish require patience and attention to detail.

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