|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 12-04-2010 06:31 PM||1012 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
12-04-2010 06:31 PM
Recently, I and a few other volunteers helped an older, poor lady by putting a new roof on her house. We were all amateurs with varying degrees of knowledge about roofing. It was a simple roof with just a front, facing the street, and a back, facing the back yard.
It seemed natural to do the front first and that is what we did. We made a couple of mistakes on the front (nothing serious) but we learned from that and did not repeat those mistakes on the back. If anyone looked hard at the roof, they would see that the back was done better than the front.
Afterwards we said, “Why didn’t we do the back first?” A mistake on the back would be seen by very few people but a mistake on the front will be seen by anyone walking down the sidewalk.
There is a lesson in this that we can apply to woodworking. When working on a piece of furniture – do the back (the less visible area) first. I find myself trying to implement this concept whenever I can.
I just worked on a table that has a unique top and a storage shelf under the top. The top and the bottom of the table top will be done the same way. I did the bottom first and discovered that the wood was prone to splintering when routed. By taking smaller bites per pass, I avoided that problem on the top.
I wonder how many of us follow this principle deliberately whenever we can.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.