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11-11-2012 10:06 PM

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I’m a hobbyist who typically gets to spend a few hours a weekend in the shop. With three kids under 5, I have limited time to enjoy the hobby and I most enjoy the planning, laying out, cutting, assembling, etc. I hate to sand so that’s where I get stuck. Often, I’m sanding for a couple shop sessions in a row (which I hate) so instead I tend to start another project.

Currently, I’m working on: a picture frame, a few boxes, a greasebox, a tool-holder for my workbench, restoring 2 planes, and am in the planning stages of a PO Box door frame.

Am I alone in this?

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 10:10 PM

not hardly chris

many of us do things this way too
time and life
change things
or we just get to where
we need to stop
and wait for more direction
or insights or just the energy

-- 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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#2 posted 11-11-2012 10:15 PM

I like to work on one thing at a time, but it almost never seems to happen. Usually have at least 3 things or more going in various stages of completion. Typically I discover that I need a tool or find out my finish is all dried up. Then I have to wait to order it and so I start something else while I’m waiting for UPS to deliver. Right now I’m in the middle of making a cutting board a Roubo bench, various tool handles and a Roorkhee chair. It gets to be hard to walk around my shop. I’ve moved finishing to the basement so I don’t have to wait for the dust to settle.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 10:17 PM

I need to focus on one thing at a time or I get stressed and that kills creativity.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 10:21 PM

If you’re doing a lot of hand sanding, that can get real boring real fast. lol I have a small TV in my shop and when I’m sitting around having to sand for an hour or so, I’ll flip the TV on to help pass the time. I know, that sounds pretty lame, but it works for me. Helps takes my mind off the sanding.

-- John @

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 01:55 AM

I used to hate sanding as well. Then I read “Foolproof Wood Finishing” by Teri Masaschi. In the book, she describes the proper way to sand. I now spend much less time sanding and end with a better product. HTH

-- Art

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 02:31 AM

Shouldn’t say it, but there is probably 10 partial projects in the shop. Some stuff I have to let set for a couple days and stare at it to decide if I like where I am going with it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 02:32 AM

I would like to work on one thing start to finish, but like everyone else says it just doesn’t work that way. Sometimes I need to take a break from doing something that requires extra care like hand cutting dovetails. I’m not very good at that yet so I must focus 100% on it. I’ll do something a little less demanding and the next thing I know,,,,,,,,,,,5 projects in various state of doneness.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 02:37 AM

I always have multiple projects…

Kitchen renovation with custom cabs
Wet bar renovation with custom cabs
Fireplace surround
Bevel-framed mirror
Acoustic Guitar (with all jigs)
G&G side table for the wife
And, hopefully soon, a home-made Bandsaw

-- jay,

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#9 posted 11-12-2012 02:37 AM

I typically don’t have more than one project going unless you count the jigs and fixtures required to do the main project. I’m making a thien separator but I didn’t have a circle cutting jig for my router so I made it too. Is that two projects or one?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 03:14 AM

I only have one project going on. My entire house…..

LOL – I’m almost laughing at myself. I have to caulk the small den and entry way.
Before I do that, I need make and replace the threshold trim.
I’m waiting until I can get my living room cleared out enough to work on the trim because that part is not done.
In order to clear out the living room, I need to clear out the garage.
In order to clear out the garage, I need to upholster 8 more pieces of furniture.
Most of them are stripped and I own most of the supplies, which are in the way.
When I caulk the den and entry way, I’ll hang my dodeacahedron pendant which is sitting around as a conversation piece.
I’m not sure I can fit all the stuff from the living room in the garage and some of it has to stay so I need to make some shelves.
I own the wood for that. The wood is in the way.

Why am I juggling so many balls? I have rationalized it thus. I paid amazingly good prices on all my materials. I had to buy it when I had the chance. Uh huh. Yeah so that’s my excuse. By the way – the kitchen is half done but acceptable. The tile in the hall doesn’t go into the guest bath because I’m going to redo that. My office is full of framed artwork that is dying to be hung in the living room.

It will only be a problem if I quit working on the stuff. I live in a completely different house than I did a year ago and what I have done thus far exceeds what is left over by many times. That’s what I keep telling myself.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 11-12-2012 09:33 AM

You have good company, as for me I have almost completed a job that entailed sanding (which I hate) that I started four Years ago. During that time I have started and completed about 20 other smaller projects. and have several half completed in the works at this time.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 11-12-2012 09:45 PM

I always have several projects going on at the same time. Which project do I work on? The one that I feel I can finish in the time allotted to me with the materials available. At 78, time allotted depends on how I feel at the time. When not actually making chips, I’m thinking up new projects. Currently I have 4 projects in progress.

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 09:51 PM

Typically for me I hit that point when it comes time to apply finish. I live in an apartment, and do much of my hand tool work in a spare bedroom with a canvas tarp on the floor, but I won’t finish much in there, because it would stink up my apartment, so instead I end up doing finishing in my parents’ garage, but then I have to drive out there on a Saturday and Sunday, and wait the “6-8 hours between coats” that’s recommended… which means I can’t get anything down around my own place. So I typically end up with a couple things ready for finish that just sit for a while… I have a clock that’s been waiting for finish for at least 2 months now…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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