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Forum topic by schloemoe posted 07-15-2012 02:38 AM 1727 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2012 02:38 AM

Just wondering how many of you out there suffer from Premature Assembly Syndrome like Me? I can roll an Idea around in my head for days some time weeks before I start on the actual project. Every time I tell myself this time I’m going to slow down and take my time putting this one together I’m going to take lots of pictures to document the proceedure and everything. I’ll finally start the process usually in the morning and by noon I have the dang thing almost done.(barring any mistakes that I have made along the way) The camera is sitting there now covered in a fine mist of sawdust ,it hasn’t been touched all day . At this point I couldn’t replicate my proceedure if my life depended on it. So all is lost and I feel dirty and cheap. I need to no am I alone?..We are all friends here so don’t be shy…....................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 02:41 AM

Ah, yes, I also suffer from PAS.

-- Jim, Southern Oregon

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 02:46 AM

not to worry
it happens to us all i’m sure

i try not to cut wood
till i know what it is i’m doing

but things get away sometimes anyway

mistakes come and go
some even get photographed
some don’t

it is all part of the journey
and part of the learning too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 03:11 AM

Never had that issue, I can’t seem to ever move quickly enough to start anything in the morning and be done by noon except getting out of bed. For me most of the time I shoot for an early start and finished by the end of the day. Did that with my cat’s jungle gym and attempted it with my birdfeeder, even then I still felt time slipping away and didn’t have time to document.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 03:16 AM

The road is the same for all of us we say “next time I will do the pictures and write it down as I go”. Sometimes we do better then other times but more often than not we fall back into the same rut of thinking of nothing but the project and say “Ah I can’t stop now”, its a sickness we all have. Its called woulda-shoulha-coulda very hard to get rid of so you should seek professional help as I did. Meetings for me are the second Thursday of each month. Its called Wood workers club.

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 03:26 AM

It happens to me a lot!

I try to take breaks (resting my back, etc.) & hopefully I’ll remember to take pictures… seems like most of the time, I forget.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 07-15-2012 03:26 AM

If you’re like me, it all started with those plastic airplane models. Just couldn’t wait to see them put together.

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

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 03:56 AM

hmmmmm….I thought that was normal….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 07-15-2012 03:57 AM

Yes I do know about them Plastic airplane models used to work all day just to throw it out of a second story window .And you know none of them ever flew…........................Damn the luck maybe its caused from all that glue….......................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#9 posted 07-15-2012 06:16 AM

the worst part of it is when it happens at 2 o’clock in the morning.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 07-15-2012 11:45 AM

I have PAS too!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 07-15-2012 12:13 PM

I have it, but I also like working off pictures. Not necessarily prints, but pictures. On some of the guitars I build, I have to make outline templates to make sure the dimensions are right, but those are single plane cutouts. In my bandsaw jewelry boxes, I often find myself with a set of french curves just letting my mind wander, and off I go!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#12 posted 07-15-2012 12:31 PM

Yep.I do that on almost every project I get into.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 07-15-2012 12:31 PM

I’ll show you how I take pictures of projects “in progress”......

Never mind, I don’t have any pictures!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 07-15-2012 02:05 PM

When I do some things in my head while I’m building them and every time I do that I pay for it because of mistakes. Most of the time I do a simple drawing and a parts list. In spite of the time it takes to do the drawing and parts list I figure that it still saves time. What the heck, you have to figure the parts as you build it anyways so why not do it in an orderly way ahead of time. Like I say, sometimes I don’t always take the time to do this but when I don’t I always find that something jumps up and bites me on the butt when I don’t.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 07-15-2012 03:36 PM

I do that all the time! Some times those development shots are necessary so I can remember how I put it together!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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