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Forum topic by RobH posted 1329 days ago 926 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RobH

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1329 days ago

Hello all,

I am getting back to woodworking after a well-needed little bit of time off. I have several projects from the wife stacked up and one in progress. Every project I do, I go through and make a task list so I can identify and make use of efficiencies such as table saw and router setups. I will admit that I over-plan my projects.

Question for everyone is, do you make task lists for your projects, and how do you keep up with them?

Thanks in advance,
Rob Hix

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA


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ajosephg

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#1 posted 1329 days ago

Not often, but once in a while if there are many operations and if sequence is critical. It’s a real bummer to get something glued together and find out that you forgot something.

-- Joe

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Gregn

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#2 posted 1329 days ago

I have a terrible memory so I have a 30” x 30” wet erase sheet that I use to write things down so I don’t forget something.

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

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Cliff De Witt

128 posts in 1329 days


#3 posted 1328 days ago

I use a spreadsheet that I keep on my iPod Touch. Change the cell color as I go along, make necessary changes and then save the sheet to dropbox so I will ALWAYS have a copy if I ever get back there again….....What too much??

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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lew

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#4 posted 1328 days ago

Rob,

Nice to see you are back and heading into the shop!

I wish I was organized enough to even think of planning ahead!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Napaman

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#5 posted 1324 days ago

1st things 1st…YAY on the shop time…

Lists? yes…sometimes on longer projects…like on my sail boat I find myself making smaller lists for the stages I am on especially since I am going off a book of detailed plans…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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MrDan

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#6 posted 1324 days ago

I usually make a procedure list before I start cutting anything, but once I start, I usually find that I overlooked a step here or there and have to add that step back into my list. I use pencil and notebook with lots of space between steps for notes or forgotten steps. Then after the project is completed I save the list so in case I want to make another one in the future, I don’t have to “re-invent the wheel”.

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NBeener

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#7 posted 1324 days ago

Right now, the first and only thing on my Project List is “Make a Project List” ;-)

For those who get buy without notes … more power to ‘em !

I’m a big fan of notes. The more I think about a project before I dig in … the smoother the project goes. Odd, huh ?

And … another round of applause for more shop time !

-- -- Neil

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brianinpa

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#8 posted 1324 days ago

Task list? I happy enough just to pick up where I left off and who knows maybe I’ll go a different direction than I originally planed.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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William

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#9 posted 1324 days ago

The only “step” I have on any project is to put on the coffee and pick out the tunes every day that I go into the shop. After both the coffee pot and the stereo is going, I just go with the flow from there. No lists. No plans. When all the saw dust is cleared, sometimes I’m as surprised as anyone else is.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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NBeener

4806 posts in 1811 days


#10 posted 1323 days ago

If I had to guess, I’d guess that newer woodworkers are probably more likely to use lists (or written plans—in effect, the same thing) than seasoned, experienced Jocks.

I could be wrong, of course, but … that would be my guess.

I think it’s probably pretty comparable to cooking—at first, you follow recipes. Then, you learn—over time—what works well, together, and start winging it.

May I live long enough to get to THAT phase :-)

-- -- Neil

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miles125

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#11 posted 1323 days ago

I make running list of what not to forget when i go to the %$#@^& Home Depot. Lol

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

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steliart

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#12 posted 1323 days ago

My wife says that I need a new memory card as I keep forgetting.
So yes I do plan, list and execute otherwise I’ll forget something that will prevent me to continue what I do unless I go and pick it up. Also always have my laptop with me when I’m working to follow or even make slight changes as I go with my plan.
A good idea will be to have a big writing board in the shop so that you can write down notes and things to do.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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DebsWorkshop

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#13 posted 733 days ago

As a matter of fact I use a task list and a flow chart for bigger projects. The list serves the purpose of allowing me to calculate the amount of lumber needed up front and keeps me on track as I go. I use a flow chart to itemize my tasks for bigger projects. I was taught to do this by a professional cabinetmaker who used these tools in his day to day work. I figured if it was good enough for him, maybe I should adopt it.

-- Deb's Workshop, http://www.woodworkingtipsforwomen.com

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