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10-15-2011 12:02 AM

Search the internet or this forum alone and you will see some amazing projects that were really executed nicely. I see these large ones where execution was completely on point and the end product clearly shows it no matter how close you get to the item(s). Excessive time and care was spent ensuring that every joint, every corner, and every surface was perfect.

I’m not that guy. I’ve learned that I can build anything however I get to a point in a project where I want it done and I being to compromise here and there. I’m skilled enough and have the eye to do what the best do however I begin to itch for the next project, the next challenge, the next pile of material. As well as woodworking, I’m a machinist. I can hold tight tolerances however one day I learned that the tolerance only needs to be as tight as it actually needs to be. Knowing it’s tighter doesn’t buy me anything. Sadly, this “gift” has translated into every hobby including wood working.

A year ago I moved into a new house (new to me). The new house had a new garage that was a clean slate. The downside of a clean slate is the amount of work necessary to get it to a usable point. Electrical, storage, etc, etc…all equates to work. I got to the point in the plan (which I’ve stuck to very closely) where I’ve been building the drawer stacks, cabinets, shelving, and counter tops. Problem is, this part of the project has already taken 6 months and, even though they’re slowly getting there, I’m starting to make. Neighbors, family, and friends are more than amazed at what I’ve built but what I see is the imperfections, the exceptions to the plan, the compromises…the “no way I’ll do it agains”.

Do I accept these feelings as a personality flaw or do I take a break, work on something else, and go back and fix them to be as perfect as my plan initially was? In this case, it is only a shop however my other big projects that grow old do end up the same way.


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