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Posted on How do you work ? From detailed drawn out plans and sketches,or by rote ?

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 01:59 PM

Sounds like you are at the beginning? Carpentry and cabinetry are different animals. Still animals but different. You have to know yourself and your tools, because they are your extensions. When building a carpentry project I have job site tools. Heavy duty circular saw, Saw horses, and my tool tote. A saber saw, straight edges and good measuring tools.

Now I’m in my shop and I’m working with a band saw, cabinet saw, drill press, etc. Guess my router is more of a furniture tool?

I’ve worked with fellow woodworkers in building buildings or projects. Depends on whether it’s theirs or mine?

I’ve been doing carpentry, maintenance and building structures for some time. I can wire, plumb, and do a foundation to set my building on.

If it’s a new project? I make mistakes as I’ve not been down that road before. If it’s a new tool? I make mistakes until I figure it out. Information of which I have plenty( Books, DVD’s and fellow LJ’s) is still information until I figure it out, I have to practice first. Make a prototype or copy another project. Learn how that new jig works?

My day job (which is not working with wood) is about the process of learning and doing, and doing it different. Knowing how we learn. Some people have to do it first. some people read, and watch first. some have to translate what they hear into an action.

James Krenov wrote some great books about his process and feelings as well as how too? Jim Post takes a different approach. Both have something to offer. Marc Adams puts his projects on a piece of 1/4 inch 4ft x 8 ft to see how they will look in real life. Norm Abrams built a full size prototype. Others make 1/2 size Models to get a 3D feel and not waste material in a new design.

I’m spending way too much time in thinking with words, I have to visualize what my actions will be today! LOL!

Know yourself and your tools. Remember you will never be finished, it’s only a step in the process. And I always make mistakes! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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