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by Cozmo35
posted 12-11-2010 02:44 AM

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 02:56 AM

I feel for you, Cozmo! We have ALL been there, and it isn’t fun. Especially around the holidays when you really want to get things done. It sucks. Maybe you are overwhelmed thinking of all the things you want to do. This is a really stressful time for everyone and maybe it would be good to take a breath and look at things one project at a time and go easier on yourself.

It is difficult to step back and slow down when you are wanting to get everything done at once. But sometimes it is the best way to approach things. Perhaps it is time to lower your expectations from yourself and just do what you can. I have seen you make many wonderful projects and I think when you are relaxed and going at your own pace you are capable of making really awesome stuff. But putting too much pressure on yourself takes the fun out of woodworking for you and maybe that is affecting the result.

I hope this helps. I am sure it is temporary and you will be back to normal before long.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 12-11-2010 02:57 AM

if you can’t beat them
join them
get away from the shop
till things calm down

we know what you can do
you know what you can do

you don’t need to impress anyone

take time to enjoy the rest of your life
and your family/friends

everyone is partying now
enjoy it with them

your tools will show
and you will come back refreshed

-- 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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#3 posted 12-11-2010 03:03 AM

You guys are GREAT! You are both right! Thanks! Now I know why I like this site so much. It’s the people!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 03:05 AM

one thing im thinking of that sometimes results in a project gone lack of planning or poor planning…i like to think about a project in my head well before i make it…i visualize the whole thing…what tools i need…how it will look all of it….dont know if that is a part of your problem, but just a few of my thoughts on this…i hope you can get it together soon…having one success might break the streak of your problem…

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

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#5 posted 12-11-2010 03:20 AM

Physical exertion always does it for me. Try splitting wood or raking leaves and ponder what you’d like to create.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 12-11-2010 03:26 AM

if not for the bad days, you woudnt know if you were having a good day…..

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#7 posted 12-11-2010 03:54 AM

Did you shave your beard? That could be the problem

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 12-11-2010 03:56 AM

Ya know Charlie,...I did shave it! Maybe you’re on to something there!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 12-11-2010 04:10 AM

Sometimes I just have to turn off the lights, lock the door, and leave the shop for a while.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 12-11-2010 04:12 AM

I’ve had this condition for months. I’ve got 6 projects, and just don’t feel like doing any of them. Managed to work on my ‘70 Chevy truck over Thanksgiving, and more today and it runs better, but still needs work. Did some bodywork on my ‘68 Skylark GS, but not finished. Maybe I’m just getting old…or maybe it’s just getting up at 3:10 AM and getting on the hamster wheel of employment, and getting home at 5 PM on a good day, only to fix dinner for my wife, her mother and my and spawn.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 12-11-2010 04:51 AM

Cozmo, been there,done that. It gets more prevalent the older you get. I go thru this about once a year. Hang in there you will get over it.

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 12-11-2010 05:18 AM

I call it wood block. It’s sort of like writer’s block. I get it often. Sometimes going to buy a new tool works for me. I’m not talking nothing that’ll break the bank. A few weeks ago I got wood block. I went to the hardware store. I done some “window” shopping. I bought a new tape measure and some carpenter’s pencils. I came back to the shop a new man.
I now one thing that may be bothering you if you haven’t already figured it out. You’re a scroller. A scroller can’t function properly without a scroll saw in the shop. I’m serious. I founf that out last time I was without a scroll saw. Without a scroll saw in the shop, nothing, and I mean NOTHING worked out right. Not even projects that didn’t even require a scroll saw. So now days I always have more than one scroll saw in the shop. I don’t mean rush out and buy an expensive second saw. Start looking for a cheap used one though. A scroller has to have a scroll saw close by. Without it, all the karma gets out of whack and nothing else in the shop runs well either.


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#13 posted 12-11-2010 05:48 AM

I am in the same boat; work, kids and wife’s laser eyes keep me from the garage.
My other life duties stop me from diving into projects. Maybe when I retire …..or die

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#14 posted 12-11-2010 06:26 AM

I get so wound up just thinking and planning about all the woodworking I’m going to do when I get home, or tomorrow, or on the weekend….by the time I get to the shop, I can’t think straight and I don’t get anything done aside from admiring a few nice pieces of wood.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right state of mind…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#15 posted 12-11-2010 07:09 AM

either you need to make a not with all the task every day and cross them over when they are done
or take a big bowl make a note with every little thing you want to do
put them up in the bowl and drag one at a time like in a lotto…LOL


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#16 posted 12-11-2010 07:32 AM

Repeat after me… OMMMM, OMMMM, awww the hell with it!

Maybe you people do this for a living. It’s different with me; the workshop is where I go to find peace. Sometimes, most times, I make something. Other times, I just go there to remember making things and I just “putz”. I clean, I dream, I do nothing but sit on the barstools I use for shop stools and vegetate; it is still soothing. Do the Zen thing… just “be here now”; whatever you are doing right now is what you need to be doing, even if it is nothing and it frustrates you, you’ll emerge from that to do neat things. Be patient. The “right state of mind” is not something that is always under your control; sometimes you just have to wait for it.

My grandpa said it, let me quote him: “The worst thing is not knowing how NOT to use your time constructively. Sometimes you just need a break. Even God rested on the seventh day.”

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Dennis Fletcher

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#17 posted 12-11-2010 03:11 PM

I get it too, had it all summer, get done with work, come home, look towards the shop, sit down at the laptop and spend 3 hours here.

I have a lot of project ideas and now it is Christmas. My shop is a mess and I am thinking that I need to clean it, get a heater and start working on my bookshelves.

Now, if I could just get that little bit of extra energy.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#18 posted 12-11-2010 04:17 PM

The dreaded funks….. Man I hate getting them. I wish I had a concrete fix for you Mike. I’m not sure what exactly I did to get rid of mine, but I will mention a few things I tried…

Just take a step back…. Yea, I quit trying to force something to happen in the shop.

Did some reading…. I snagged a couple of wood working books and just started reading up. Not only did I learn some new stuff, but I seen things that got me fired up wanting to try.

Did some research….. I looked up some biographies on well known woodwrkers (I found Sam Maloof’’s history very inspiring) and attempted to grasp what made them tick. I like history so this was right up my alley.

I am with William about not having a scroll saw in the shop being a big part of your funks. You are a scroller…..when there is no scroll saw around your whole universe starts pulling to the left. Keep an eye out for a Craigslist deal just to have a inexpensive back up there in your shop. You know, in case of emergencies.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#19 posted 12-11-2010 05:30 PM

Mike, cleaning up the shop does help. If inspiration doesn’t immediately flow back don’t worry though. I seem to remember this happened top me a few weeks back, it does to us all at some time or another. Above all ‘Don’t Panic’. It will come back to you. Chasing it won’t help though, you only get more frustrated. Just let inspiration come when it wants to. Best regards.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#20 posted 12-12-2010 04:49 PM

Breath in, Breath out, Christmas in the shop is a hectic time of year. Rule one is KISS. When working with a short time frame big or complicated projects tend to pose problems when trying to meet a deadline. With about 10 days left to get things done its best to make small simple items to keep the flow of the Joy of the season going smoothly in the shop. I have learned from past years of Christmas projects, that it is best to plan them and work on them through out the year. This makes Christmas projects easier to do and relieve the season pressure and allows for last minute things to not become over burdening. So go out to the shop and look at what you got to work with that you enjoy using to work with. Then work that magic this year. Next year you will have new magic to work with when you have your scroll saw and band saw, and other new toys to work that magic. Focus on the positive and ignore the negative, and while your doing all that laugh cause you will later. Hope things smooth out and go well for you.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#21 posted 12-12-2010 05:06 PM

Well, I forgot the other thing I did that seemed to help quite a bit. Going along the lines of what Gregn just mentioned with the KISS method. I was in no mood to do a lot of thinking. So I remembered the truck load of rough scrap oak I picked up on Craigslist for a whopping 25 bucks. Long story short I made a plan on building something without worrying about measuring, or being perfect…. I just fired up the band saw and went to town.

Figured I would show you what I came up with when I didn’t want to think. Maybe it will give you an idea for something in your shop Mike.

I didn’t bother to post them up here on LJ seeing I didn’t feel like they are anything special. I will say I had fun just letting my mind go and just come up with something.

Ohhh and on that note…. My bride sold one of them to a coworkers for a whopping 25 bucks. Not only did I get my cost covered, but I was able to just turn off the old grey matter and just have fun. Hope this helps some Mike.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#22 posted 12-12-2010 05:20 PM

very cool maveric 777…......i love the one with the verticle slats…...nice shingle roof too…that was a nice relaxing project…....cozmo35…hows the weekend going…any luck with any wood…or are you in cruise control and relaxing …

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

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#23 posted 12-12-2010 05:31 PM

Well, I’ve been in that funk for a few months, too. I worked so much overtime between February and August that I sort of forgot that I wasn’t supposed to feel tired after the overtime stopped. Then, I had very unexpected heart surgery last month (two stents, two angioplasties) and I’m still trying to get my stamina back. Between cardiac rehab and work, it seems that I have very little time for fun stuff.

BUT, this morning I am finally back in the workshop. FINALLY starting to make that chess set that I’ve wanted to make for so many years (after the printer finishes making the pattern copies, that is).

So, the workshop is still messy, Sunny Day (10 month old puppy) has been finding all of the pieces of scrap wood that should be in the scrap wood bin, but I’m finally making sawdust!!! I’ll clean the workshop up after this project….I think I will anyway.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#24 posted 12-12-2010 05:37 PM

Children, the FUNK is why I have a wood stove and a rocking chair in my shop. I seem to get it in between projects. A big bag of pecans that need shelled and a radio. Had to quit coffee but hot cider is almost as good. You have to plan ahead for the funk, almost everyone gets it so be ready. Try to think a couple projects ahead so you don’t have a gap to worry about. you can always take up knitting LOL.

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#25 posted 12-12-2010 05:55 PM

Mike, you could always take some good advice from the Eagles,

Take it Easy.Take it Easy.
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#26 posted 12-12-2010 06:14 PM

Cozmo, maybe your just burned out. Try some intarsia or something a little different then maybe your wheels will get some traction!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Jim Jakosh

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#27 posted 12-12-2010 11:46 PM

When I get that feeling, I build a fire in the wood furnace, grab a few beers and throw all the screwed up turnings in the fire and notice that they were a success because they give off heat!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#28 posted 12-12-2010 11:56 PM

Take a time out brother ,and when you are away you will long to be back with your woodshop again.I used to visit my son for a few days once there I was constantly dreaming from time to time of being back in my shop .Then when I eventually did I enjoyed it all the more. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#29 posted 12-13-2010 04:20 AM

Okay LJ’s,...I think I have come up with a resolution (thanks to all of your comments and the voices in my head). I am going to take a break from the shop for now. Maybe after the holidays I’ll get back at it. I think I am am mentally tired and really need a break. Rather than forcing it, I am just going to let it come to me naturally. Like Martyn (and the Eagles) said, “Take it easy”. I have spent the past few days sitting in my shop and pondering the whole thing. This weekend, my brother and I ran a 220 circuit for the bandsaw I have on order, installed some new fluorescent shop lights. I also insulated my overhead door with some styrofoam panels. Now I think I’ll just hibernate for a few weeks and get back at it when the mood strikes. Thanks Ya’ll!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#30 posted 12-17-2010 01:51 AM

Don’t forget to breath….. and have some fun as well

-- Ken

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#31 posted 12-17-2010 03:22 AM

I love working in my shop since I retired but also try to do other things thru out the year. During the months of Oct and Nov I am bow hunting every chance I get. In the summer I am helping my wife in the garden and doing yard work. Hopefully in the spring I am going to start some remodeling. I do woodworking all year long but take breaks, or cut back which helps from having burn out. You need to keep the fun part in there.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#32 posted 12-17-2010 04:07 AM

Cosmo I have found that William is right! I also have 2 scroll saws and haven’t used either for 10 years. I also have 2 Mini Lathes. Those I use not nearly as much as I would like because i have other projects I need to get done.

My biggest fetish (or whatever you call it) happens to be “Routers” I have 7 of them if I remember correctly! A 3 1/2 hp Variable speed plunge Craftsman, down to a trim router that I wouldn’t part with and I have even thought of updating it because it’s about 20 years old.

Doldrums I get pretty often. Used to be real bad when I was married to my now ex-wife.

It gets better!! Take a break. There really is such a thing as S’A’D’ also.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#33 posted 12-17-2010 04:11 AM

I would think back and analyze what I did wrong and picture myself doing it RIGHT… as I was relaxing… watching some good YouTube Woodworking videos, etc…. or some New Yankee WS videos if you have somewhere stuck in a drawer… The Woodworking channel is another source… Relax, study your mistakes, watch other people do things RIGHT… get the “feel” back from them! :) :)

If you’re in a hurry on a project, slow down… think more about every step before you do it…

After you have had your R & R… tackle it again… slow, cool, and correctly.

Good luck!

We all know you can do it.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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