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Don't sweat the small stuff

by cathyb
posted 09-29-2010 08:47 AM


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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 11:22 AM

You expand your capability by working beyond yourself. I hope that it all goes well for you.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 11:31 AM

huu! in a few weeks
you don´t put a lot margin to your self
a picture of the projects wood bee niice
so we can see your stress syndrom
good luck with it

Dennis

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ND2ELK

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 12:10 PM

Looking forward to seeing the finished project. I am confident you can do it. You are a good woodworker. I just had the same feelings when my daughter asked me to make a crib for my first granddaughter. It turned out great and she was very pleased. It is in my projects if you care to look.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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ellen35

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 12:33 PM

When we step out of that comfort zone, we step into our creative zone.
That is where all the fun is!
Enjoy the journey… even if it is only 3 weeks!
Looking forward to the finished project here on LJ
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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patron

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 02:25 PM

i have confidence in you

i bet you will come up with a way
even the original makers would marvel at

deep breath
empty mind
(in my case)
work zen

can’t miss

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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terrilynne

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 02:49 PM

You.need.to.challenge.yourself.now.and.then.to.keep.from.getting.bored.
Of.course,in.our.shop.according.to.my.husband,cant.is.not.in.the.vocabulary.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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8iowa

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 03:00 PM

Sit down and make a lot of sketches. Then draw out details & dimensions of your joinery. This thought process will help you when cutting time comes. Don’t be afraid to go back to the customer and re-measure if you are not sure about things. Tackle big projects in smaller steps. Don’t allow deadlines to pressure you into fatigue & mistakes.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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mmh

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 03:47 PM

Well, as daunting as a large commission may be, the client apparently loves your work and trusts that you will do a fantastic job. Being the artist and craftsperson that you are, you probably need to have a challenge to keep your interest and art keen. Although my commissions aren’t as large and complicated as furniture pieces, I enjoy dealing with each client’s individual needs and it keeps my work valid yet creative. Otherwise I could make all sorts of whimsical designs but they may not all be as usable to a person who needs a walking aide. That is one concept that I insist that my work be practical and usable, not just an artsy piece. Don’t get me wrong, I love art and artsy things but they end up collecting dust and not being used. Meanwhile, between commissions I can create designs to my whim and sometimes be less practical, so I can dance between the lines here!

I look forward to seeing your work through this journey! I know it will be spectacular.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Kate

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 04:09 PM

I sure know that feeling.
Break it down, step by step. You can do it!

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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Dez

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#10 posted 09-29-2010 05:00 PM

You can do it! Take your time to properly design then go for it.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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grizzman

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#11 posted 09-29-2010 05:19 PM

oh come on now Cathy…this was nothing but bait and hook…...how can we be expected to read a story like this…and you not show us or give us any picture of what the challenge is….....i say …picture….picture…picture…...i cant believe you would do something like this…to your pals…your buddies…your friends….fellow wood workers….....its abdominal…lol….....i still want a picture…am i suppose to live with this suspense until your done…lol…......PICTURE…........GRIZZMAN

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Abbott

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#12 posted 09-29-2010 05:28 PM

Go get ‘em Cathy!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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cathyb

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 07:31 PM

Good morning everyone! I woke up thinking about the joints for those pieces.
I have to spray the headboard that I made this morning and then off to Plywood Hawaii to buy some birch for the interior cleats and drawer glides.
I promise to post pictures as soon as I figure out how to use photobucket. Someone want to give me a primer on that?

Thanks for your support. It means the world to me and probably to my clients as well!
Have a great day…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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patron

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#14 posted 09-29-2010 07:39 PM

heres how to photobucket

http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/8899

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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cathyb

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#15 posted 09-29-2010 07:48 PM

thanks Patron, you’re such a good guy. I’ll get to it tonight.
Have a good day!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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PBthecat

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#16 posted 09-29-2010 09:57 PM

Da Vinci said “Learning never exhausts the mind”. Prepare for invigoration! :)

-- "Every hundred years, all new people"

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cathyb

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#17 posted 09-30-2010 07:34 AM

Day one and I’m feeling pretty good. I know where I’m going and even though the road might be washed out up ahead, I’ll get there. Again I do appreciate all your support and pictures will be coming as soon as I have something to show. Tonight I’m thankful to have the chance to draw on the incredible wealth of knowledge and experience that you all have. What a blessing….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Mark Shymanski

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#18 posted 10-25-2010 07:07 AM

How goes the build?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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cathyb

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#19 posted 10-25-2010 05:30 PM

I add the tops today and the finish work has begun. Pictures will be coming….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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stefang

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#20 posted 10-25-2010 05:46 PM

Having seen your previous work I’m sure it will come out as good as you hope for. We grow a lot when we when we do work that challenges us. It probably wouldn’t bother you if you weren’t doing it for a client, but that does add a lot of extra pressure. Looking forward to the results!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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cathyb

757 posts in 1995 days


#21 posted 10-26-2010 12:07 AM

Stefang you are such a nice guy. I am finally making good progress and struggling to get the finish applied with my ever expanding demands from the investment property that I bought last week. Since I’ll have to gut the kitchen and make all new cabinets that commission has to clear my shop this week! Sleep-who needs that?.............

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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shipwright

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#22 posted 10-26-2010 03:22 AM

Challenge is what we live on and for isn’t it? If you had it all down pat it wouldn’t be fun … it would be work. From what I’ve seen of your work here on LJ’s you have both the talent to do what you know and the creativity to fill in any blanks that may come up. Can’t wait for the pics.

Paul M

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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cathyb

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#23 posted 10-26-2010 04:14 AM

Oh my goodness this might all go to my head and then it will explode! It seemed from day one that this commission would test my patience and that certainly was and still is true. Today, between the craziness from coordinating the condo remodel, I was determined to get my base coat on everything. When the rain came in torrents, do you think I was actually surprised? NO! no way baby. This is my life. I take on a challenge and come hell or high water I will get it done and be thrilled when that happens. By the way, that will be this week. Hooray!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for your continuing support LJ’s Hugs and kisses from over here….

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Bluepine38

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#24 posted 10-26-2010 05:45 PM

Just took a look at your projects and I think you will be able to build this latest commission “with a little bit of
luck” and a few gallons of sweat. Can not imagine where that rain could have come from in Hawaii. I enjoyed
visiting and being a beach bum, but coming from a state where you can start in Sidney where I was born and
drive 546 miles to Missoula where I now live and still have drive more than another 100 miles to get out of
Montana, I got Island fever after a few weeks and had to come home. Glad you enjoy your home state.
As Grizzman said PICTUTURES, please PICTURES. We are all waiting impatiently.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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cathyb

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#25 posted 10-26-2010 06:39 PM

It’s not a beach day today and not a great finishing day either, but too bad! I will do my pictures this weekend.
Gotta go, work work work ….....work.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#26 posted 10-26-2010 07:58 PM

thank´s for the update cathyb :-)

looking forward to see the piece

take care
Dennis

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cathyb

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#27 posted 10-29-2010 07:54 AM

just a little update…..tomorrow is the last finishing day for the commission and then the photos. I intend to post the photos as a new project. I’ll be supper busy Saturday, so I hope to post on Sunday. Yea, finally the home stretch.

Here’s the take home message: if a project feels troublesome before you have touched a piece of wood, turn off that saw and walk away! I did not enjoy this experience, but I learned a few things: cherry is a surprisingly easy wood to work with and I will certainly use it again; blind dove-tailed drawers are relatively easy and fun to make with the Porter Cable jig; shellac reduces the number of top coats of finish required; and ebony inlay looks great with anything.
On the negative side, I will NEVER make large, deep drawers with a web-framed cabinet that include screwed and glued wooden runners with routed stopped grooves in my drawer sides, which simply take too much time to fit and glue and rout, blah blah blah….... This is 2010. We now have metal slides that close themselves with the touch of finger-really! I do woodworking because it is fun, sadly these drawers were nothing but a chore. Where is the fun in that?
Now onto the condo remodel. That is what I call FUN! Instead of the traditional raised panel doors, I plan to make doors of all the woods that I’ve worked with over the years. When I made the tansu (from my gallery) I was itching to get a chance to make doors with strips of different woods again. Luck has just tapped my shoulder and here we go…........

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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patron

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#28 posted 10-29-2010 08:13 AM

well said cathy

just because we can do something
doesn’t mean we have to
if there is an simpler way
that can save time and sanity

why not looking forward to the project pictures

your work is always worth it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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cathyb

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#29 posted 10-29-2010 08:36 AM

Thank you Patron. For all my complaints it looks good. I’ll take the pictures tomorrow and get them posted. How’s the world traveler these days?

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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patron

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#30 posted 10-29-2010 03:02 PM

around the world

in 80 years

we’re on the first step now

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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shipwright

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#31 posted 10-29-2010 04:44 PM

Congratulations Cathy. Good on ya for slogging through. Now wake up your creative energies and have some well deserved fun. .....I’m awaiting the photos with everyone else.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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