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Forum topic by EulerPhi posted 03-15-2016 09:41 PM 458 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2016 09:41 PM

Well, here I am sighing….I walk into my shop and lose motivation. I have plenty of wood, nice tools, ideas, a new Veritas Dovetail saw. How do I become motivated again?

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 12:14 AM

Make something simple like a little box and give it to your mate. Things should improve shortly. This one took about 1/2 hour + an hour for glue to set.


-- Madmark -

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 01:52 AM

Making a box is great….it takes me longer than 1/2 hour.

Practice or learn to make dovetails or some other joint with power tools.

Not everything you try will work the first time, second time or longer. That is the same for most of us. But when you are successful…..

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 02:39 AM

I feel your pain, it’s happened to me off and on over the last couple decades. As previously mentioned consider a gift for family or friend, I was wallowing in it last fall, business blew chunks for an extended period, so I began making presents, and in the process got back into scroll sawing, inlay and took up steam bending. All objects were 1st and one time projects, so all new jigs and testing some new to me techniques, etc. On the verge of exhilarating. This cat toy thingy is one I’m finishing up on for my youngest, her cats are shredding her apt.

-- I meant to do that!

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 03:14 AM

Just get started on any project ,that’s usually the tough part just getting started.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 04:01 PM

Ditto here – I struggle with the clutter – - so I get some energy and look at the mess needed to be moved around before I can actually get started, and sigh and go back inside.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#6 posted 03-22-2016 04:17 PM

Clutter depresses me. If I lack motivation to build something, I’ll take my time cleaning up until I’m distracted by another project.

Sometimes you need a new project to be inspired. Check out old wood working magazines, visit some furniture shops or craft stores/shows. Lots of places online to get ideas.

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#7 posted 03-22-2016 04:35 PM

When I feel a bit tired, I de-clutter my shop or sharpen my chisels. Anything to feel the sense of accomplishment.

Also remember, the shop is a place you go to relax/. There is no pressure there. Whatever I do or don’t do, is up to me. Do what you want, and don’t worry about perfection.

Heck, look at my projects, I’m a hack talent wise, compared to most here, but my shop helps me escape a very stressful job. I cherish my shop time, even if I am just polishing my bandsaw table.

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