|Forum topic by camps764||posted 01-08-2016 06:11 PM||607 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-08-2016 06:11 PM
I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t really get too excited about new year’s resolutions of the usual format – E.G. Lose weight, exercise more, be more patient…etc. This year I thought I’d try something different, and create some resolutions/goals for the new year related to woodworking. Maybe if I connect my resolutions to something I love doing, and get a little more concrete, I’ll actually follow through.
2016 – 1: Get better at finishing – Next to sanding, finishing a piece is the part I dread. As a result, I usually work through it as fast as possible, and end up with “acceptable” results. This year I’d like to take my finishing game to the next level. I’m not sure if this will require some new reading materials, some new courses at the local woodworking store, spending tons of time practicing. More than likely a combination of all three.
2: Design a piece of furniture from scratch – Not necessarily come up with some kind of ground breaking new style of furniture – but I would like to start with a blank piece of paper and completely design something from the gound up. Up until now I’ve used existing plans, or taken those existing plans and modified them as I go to get something that works for me. I’ve started reading “By Hand and Eye” and am exciting by the thought process and methodology it lays out.
3: Learn Hand cut dovetails – This has been on the list for a long time – but it’s usually when I’m neck deep in a project that I want to get done. So I always use work arounds. I want to commit to a “30 days” challenge, or something along those lines so that I can learn the mechanics outside of a project build.
4: Finish my new shop – We moved back in May of 2015, and I got a new shop. It has a long way to go – insulation, electrical – 220, walls, dust collection, tool storage, etc. etc. etc. This one will probably get broken down into specific projects along the way.
Rather than use a blog format, I thought posting this on the forum would be fun. I’d love to hear what everyone else is hoping to get done this year to move themselves and their craft forward. Ideally, this would be a great place to check back in and help keep each other accountable and encouraged.