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JohnnyB

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01-01-2013 11:39 PM

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I will stop using my table saw as a table.

I will acknowledge that I actually do have enough clamps.

I will carefully sketch out each part of my project so that after I have made it, I won’t discover that my first cut was too short.

I will remember that the right side of my project might not be the same as the left side.

When my project is a new design, I will build it first in poplar to discover and correct flaws in design or construction before attempting to build it with costly lumber.

When a part I have made for a project is not up to par, I will make another one and chalk it up to experience.

I will remember that woodworkers don’t have failures, they have firewood.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.


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Marcus

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 12:08 AM

I kept saying #1 over and over again and finally went out today and bought lumber to build an outfeed/work table.

Of course I didn’t get it made today though, I figure I have a full year to do it though!

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Madwood

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 01:21 AM

In 2013, I will use my shop for woodworking and NOT just a lounge area. All too often, I just go out to my shop and hang out with my stepson while he works on a project. His projects consist of rebuilding “Mozilla”, a bastardized version of a 45 yr old Gilson lawn tractor. Not to get OT, but ‘Zilla now has an 18 HP VTwin motor and modified suspension and drive system that allows that sucker to do about 35 MPH! Won’t cut grass, but it’ll smoke the tires off!
Back on track…I will not start another project before the previous one is finished. I have a bad habit of having unfinished stuff all over the shop.
I will build adequate storage for all my tools. Got tools laying all over…bad enough that I have a hard time working without moving something out of the way.
I will stop playing musical tools. I know a shop is in a constant state of exolution, but I get ridiculous. I need to draw out a shop layout, set it in place and stick to it.
Thats about it for now, but you know what the say about the best laid plans of mice and men…
John

-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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TeamTurpin

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 01:36 AM

I’ll stop reaching for that sabre saw. That makes me lazy.

-- http://www.teamturpin.org/house/shop.htm

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Gatorjim

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 01:59 AM

Jonny I agree with all your I wills but it’snot likely I’ll to do any of them. LOL
I will say I will keep making saw dust though and fire wood.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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derosa

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 02:13 AM

I will stop using my table saw as a table.
Have to work on this one, won’t be this year I fear.

I will acknowledge that I actually do have enough clamps.
Half way there, gonna be another few years on this one as well I fear.

I will carefully sketch out each part of my project so that after I have made it, I won’t discover that my first cut was too short.
hahahaha….. oh wait, were you serious? I’m gonna try making my first plan ever this Jan because people actually want to copy the project and it’s only in my head.

When my project is a new design, I will build it first in poplar to discover and correct flaws in design or construction before attempting to build it with costly lumber.
I so wish I had the time to do this, if I actually did I’d only have poplar projects. Good luck.

When a part I have made for a project is not up to par, I will make another one and chalk it up to experience.
It’s called a modified design, I’m good at “modifying” designs.

I will remember that woodworkers don’t have failures, they have firewood.
And I make some of the finest firewood out there.

Besides your first two my big ones
I will always try to have less dust on the floor then in the DC.
I will try to have less then 7 projects at once.
I will try not to drag out the finishing till it takes longer then the project took to make; I will still try to not cut corners.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 02:31 AM

I will get my shop insulated and heated
I will get a Kiln built
I will not threaten to fire myself
I will not do anything that requires doctors visits

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Dallas

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#7 posted 01-02-2013 02:37 AM

Ya’ll are a bunch of inveterate LIARS!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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jusfine

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#8 posted 01-02-2013 05:13 PM

I will use each one of my tools this year at least once before I buy another tool. Aw, who am I kidding?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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DKV

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#9 posted 01-02-2013 05:58 PM

I will research the LJ archives before asking others what to buy.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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lumberjoe

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#10 posted 01-02-2013 06:04 PM

I will finish my workbench by the end of march (I am a slave to the weather) and stop slapping together crappy tables that rack themselves to pieces.

I will buy more hand tools and less power tools, and learn to properly use them

I will get serious about cleaning and sharpening my cutting impliments

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Allen Schmidt

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#11 posted 01-02-2013 06:11 PM

I will get my new shop in order, so that when my Dad ‘sees’ me working in it, he will be proud of how I am using all the great tools that I inherited from him.

(first post on LJ. Looking forward to many others)

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Woodbum

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#12 posted 01-02-2013 06:15 PM

I will do whatever the hell I need to do to get a project completed to my satisfaction. Do overs reworks recuts etc etc etc are perfectly OK and not something to be ashamed of

I will get my new shop built that I have put off for 4-5 years

I wiil spend too much money on the shop and DC system

I will have fun, smile more, work safely and have even more fun.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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whitebeast88

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#13 posted 01-02-2013 09:11 PM

i will try to get a least one project my wife wants me to do.well maybe,if i have time.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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