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Forum topic by kolwdwrkr posted 12-09-2008 05:46 AM 1095 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2008 05:46 AM

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I sit here looking at my current project. My mind is almost baffled at the length of time invested. I ponder what I could have made otherwise, but stay on course with my vision. This project will be something to admire, maybe not by everyone, but to those who care to look. I am in no way a master woodworker, but I am patient and in my opinion if you have patience anything can be made well. The major question is when to end the patience. Is there a time when you must move on? The project I am currently working on has many many hours invested into it already and I am not half way done with it. It will be over 100 hours before I am close to applying the finish. If you consider putting that into a hobbiests perspective that could equate to several months, and even though I am not just a hobbiest, this project to me is my hobby. Will I continue for several months? Can I stay on a straight path and not get distracted with this or that? Only time will tell. So until I know if my demons will take over and force me off this project, as it does so many other “done but missing hinges or something” projects, the question I have to ask all of you is What is the longest period of time you have spent on a single project, and what is the shortest time, just for added interest.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 04:33 PM

Enjoy the journey. The destination will always be there.

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

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 06:49 PM

Thats heavy lew, I will try hard to remember that one (and try and live by it). kolwdwrkr, a project of heart can always be there for you to enjoy if only thinking of it, never let the demons turn it to kindling…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 08:52 PM

I doubt I’ve put more than 20 hours into a single project. I occasionally start off with grandiose designs, but end up simplifying because of my desire to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Shortest projects, I guess, would be a couple of those pencil holders you can whip out in less rhan an hour.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 09:03 PM

You certainly have a valid point regarding the amount of time to spend on a project. Thank you for asking for feedback. Within a different hobby (one that also required much money and time) many years ago I spent 2 years on one goal. The project totally failed within the first 6 months due to the finish. I salvaged what I could and began again, only this time I built 2. Total time was just over 24 months, time included 1-4hrs 4-6 days per week and unknown amounts of $$. Keep in mind the 24 months included time spent honing other skills to be used to complete the initial project.
I would say it sounds like you would like to give it up. You will have to make that call. I believe that some things are not worth the outlay of time and materials. However to this day I am happy I completed the project. It was only 2 years.

-- tsmith - Garland, TX.

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#5 posted 12-10-2008 03:01 AM

I am in now way going to quit the current project. I guess I am mearly talking out loud, sometimes feeling that after a few hours of work I’ve accomplished little, and that can be frustrating if not discouraging. I think the major reason for this thread is to see what kind of time people have spent on projects. I agree there are projects that only take an hour or two, but what’s the longest time on a single project? I’ve seen projects in Fine Woodworking for instance that claims way more then I feel it would have taken me, and yet here I am on this project and I can almost guarentee someone could knock it out in a lot less time. Of course I am taking on challenges like doing the marquetry by hand and chisel, instead of a router, and doing things like that that a machine could speed up. But that’s what makes this a great hobby. You can become part of the process, or you could do it for the big “Great Job” at the end.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 12-10-2008 03:25 AM

All of us are on different levels…... What takes me days, you could probably do in a few hours. It’s the end that counts. Especially if someone does notice and actually say “very nice”...... I love to hear that. Don’t you?

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#7 posted 12-11-2008 12:50 PM

I have a big project. Detailed, it is also something never done. And I cannot spend too much time on it. I have other projects. I start others, small ones, and such just to keep doing something. Sometimes you also need to step away for a while.

I have little projects all over. And work on one when in the frame of mind I need for that project.

It is what is will become, not what you see everyday. Progress means you are closer. Even a master has to practice. Micheangelo did not paint a chapel in one day. But just look at the results.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#8 posted 12-11-2008 04:37 PM

I have approx 300 hrs cutting, gouging and chipping away at the tree house carving. That was very challenging for a novice like myself. I make many small projects that look nice but do not make it to LJ’s site.
Between 2 and 3 hrs to complete.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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