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TooTall17

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07-18-2018 08:47 PM

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Hello all.

I was wondering if anyone else goes through this when making stuff.
Usually towards the end of the project, like maybe the final sanding or before applying finish, I start hating it.
I don’t mean hating the process, I mean the actual project.
It happens with nearly everything I’ve ever made. I get the jokes about woodworking being a series of ways to hide mistakes and all that, but it’s more than that. I go beyond the errors I’ve made, or things that I could have done differently and just have total disgust with whatever it is.
Naturally, the few projects that I have not felt this way about hold a different cloud over my head. While I might like the project, all I ever see when I look at it is the mistakes.

Maybe I’m just an ornery grump. My 3rd grade teacher used to call me Eeyore, maybe that just never went away.

Anybody else do this to themselves?


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Kilo19

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#1 posted 07-18-2018 09:07 PM

If I spend too long on a project or too much time all at once, I get burned out. Esp if its the same thing multiple times.

-- Justin

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corelz125

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#2 posted 07-18-2018 09:34 PM

Most of the time your the only one who sees or notices the mistakes. I think it’s like that with all of us

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ElroyD

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#3 posted 07-18-2018 10:10 PM

I think all projects are like that. The trick is to push through to the finish. I’ve actually gotten a bit better since reading a lot about hand-tool work in the 18th and 19th centuries. Authors have been pointing out that back then even finished work wasn’t necessarily “finished”. Undersides of boards would be left rough planed, table legs would be slightly different widths, etc., just from the nature of hand tool work made to sell, and not as a show piece. Looking at it from the perspective of being okay with approaching, but not always reaching, perfection has helped me a lot.

-- Elroy

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BurlyBob

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#4 posted 07-18-2018 10:42 PM

Yeah I know that whole thing about the mistakes. Honestly most folks couldn’t find them if they tried.

For me, Finishing some projects is the culmination an emotional journey. For example, My Dad’s flag display case. Another was a display case I build for my son when he got back from Iraq. I built him a display case for the USMC saber and scabbard I’d bought to surprise him at a big bar-b-que I’d planned. I put together several plaque with rocks I collected from the Normandy beaches as gifts to friends. All of these have very special meaning and emotions involved. Completing them and many others have giving me a sense of satisfaction, no pride, just satisfaction that I did it right and respectfully.
My Best,
Burly Bob

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Rich

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#5 posted 07-18-2018 11:38 PM


Anybody else do this to themselves?

- TooTall17

Nope. Never.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 07-19-2018 03:18 AM



Most of the time your the only one who sees or notices the mistakes. I think it s like that with all of us

- corelz125

Very true, we are our own worst critics.

The only thing I feel once almost done, or done is yes another one completed before I croak.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Rich

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#7 posted 07-19-2018 03:44 AM


The only thing I feel once almost done, or done is yes another one completed before I croak.

- woodbutcherbynight

Another story you’ve lived to tell…

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Gerald Thompson

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#8 posted 07-19-2018 10:38 AM

We are in the final stages of doll cradle construction. There is still a ways to go. I have put on five coats of Waterlox on most of it. There are still some pieces that need to be attached, sanded and varnished. These were not attached to make the varnishing of the carcass easier. Then when it’s all done there is the 30 day cure. I have managed to put it out of mind for the most part.
The project that really got old fast was making 8 or 9 1840 Shaker clocks for family and friends. We learned to not do something like that again.

-- Jerry

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Redoak49

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#9 posted 07-19-2018 10:54 AM

I do not feel that way. If I really do not like it, into the trash can and start over. Learn from mistakes.

A couple of suggestions…

.....try a new hobby

........find a shrink

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Bill White

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#10 posted 07-19-2018 12:31 PM

I often worry that the new owner(s) will not really appreciate the time and effort. Will they take of the piece? Keep it waxed? Do their specs from which I build work well?

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Gerald Thompson

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#11 posted 07-19-2018 01:05 PM

Bill, I don’t think of the new owner taking care of a gift project. A couple of relatives did not even offer a thank you for the clock. They are not on my list anymore.

-- Jerry

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JCamp

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#12 posted 07-19-2018 01:29 PM

By the time I generally get around to finishing a project I am so ready to have it done that I rush the finish and screw it up. I love the designing and first part of the building process but I get a little wore toward the end of it and am ready for a break or to build something else. Any more when I start a project I try to get it all the way done pretty fast cause if it takes a while I end up putting it off cause I dread it. I play guitar and get the same way with it at times…... Might be a personality thing

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Rich

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#13 posted 07-19-2018 02:06 PM


By the time I generally get around to finishing a project I am so ready to have it done that I rush the finish and screw it up.

- JCamp

It shows.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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JCamp

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#14 posted 07-19-2018 02:20 PM

Your so sweet rich

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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OSU55

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#15 posted 07-19-2018 02:23 PM

Oh so you are a perfectionist? Life’s way too short for that DAMHIKT. I take pride and satisfaction in the uh ohs that are not found by others. I dont reveal the issues and see if the recipient notices – 99% + never do, and I found they dont want to know.

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