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mbs

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115 days ago

I have been “working” on a bed project for months but haven’t made much progress. It’s almost turned into work instead of fun. I find that I’m not very motivated to complete it. I will finish it because I hate unfinished projects. Does this happen to you too?

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


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 115 days ago

Repeatedly. Sometimes you just have to dedicate the time to do it and get it out of your mind, otherwise it just eats at you.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 115 days ago

When i get unmotivated i usally just quit the project till i get motivated again aaaaaaaah say 7 or 9 years but i get it done maybe, It whould take the rest of my life to finish them all. So just let it go and start something else. Wait about 3 or 5 years it will seem like a new project. On the serious side It’s called burnout. Haveing to do it is not much fun. Whether it’s one piece or the whole shop. Thats why i have at least one project going that is fun, like the trucks i build. I build one a year, work on it in my slack time or to get away from the have to do. And if you got shop loafers such as i do they all want to put their 2 cents worth in it. Even more fun!

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#3 posted 115 days ago

I’m more of a Mary Poppins kind of guy. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and ZAP…the job’s a game.” I do freely admit that this is not easy in all cases. That’s also why a hammer has a prominent place on my peg board.

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mbs

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#4 posted 115 days ago

I like the Mary Poppins idea. ”..... Just a spoon full of sugar…”.

There are some periods when I’m really motivated to get stuff done and some periods when I’d rather do tasks that are much less desirable than woodworking (like cleaning).

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

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mbs

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#5 posted 115 days ago

Lunn – One thing I really dislike is to have several large projects going on simultaneously. Last summer I had three going on and I felt I was just moving material from one place to another. It started to feel like work to me.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 115 days ago

Oh yeah, it happens to me for sure. One way I’ve managed to get out from underneath those kinds of ‘work’ projects is to pick around the edges of it. Do the smallest things possible in an effort to get something done that isn’t so much of a drag. A few days / weeks of that and, before you know it, the end is in sight and one push gets ‘er done.

In theory.

It does suck when fun becomes a chore, I totally get that.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Tennessee

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#7 posted 115 days ago

NOT finishing it is much more unsatisfying than pushing on through it. When I get a project like that I often insert some other small projects to kind of “change it up”. Seems to work for me.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#8 posted 115 days ago

Very rarely as I in fact always am in hurry to finish anything I do.
I normally need to be finished even before I start but I have one such example.
Several years ago I started a shelf to put in one pf our bathroom, it has been waiting for me since.
I never again touched it.
I have no idea why not.

-- Bert

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Howie

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#9 posted 115 days ago

The older I get, the less motivated I become.
I build only for family and friends and when they ask I just tell them I’ll do it when the mood hits me. Sometimes days sometimes months.

-- Life is good.

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mbs

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#10 posted 115 days ago

Hey Bert – I too have a laundry list of projects to do and I feel they take more time than they should therefore they are “late”. Are yours must-do projects or want to do projects? I’ve see how fast you work and hope you get ahead of the time curve soon.

Smitty – I agree. I hate the lingering work-in-process. I’m going to get started today on my project soon.

Tennessee – I recently posted an “insertion project” like you suggested.

Dilly – I feel like we should trade names. I resemble “DillyDalee” well lately.

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

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b2rtch

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#11 posted 115 days ago

This shelf is just something that I would like to have done.
I am finishing book stands , after that I have a table to finish and after that my be this shelf.
Merry Christ-mas

-- Bert

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lunn

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#12 posted 114 days ago

I know VERY well what you mean about moving things around to work. I took a job refinishing a huge dropleaf table, just the top. I had it about 3 months in my way every day. Every time i sprayed it something screwed up. Full of dust, big bug right in the middle every thing went wrong with it. I’d wait a week or two, try again. I got to were i hated to open the shop doors knowing it was waiting for me. Finally got it done, the guy showed up and started nit picking, I told him if he liked it pay me or if you don’t take it, either way im done. His wife showed up said it looks great so i got paid. I had also refinished two beds. headboards, foot boards rails they were done about 3 weeks before they were picked up. Thats my last refinishing jobs, no more. So i truely know what you mean.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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bigblockyeti

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#13 posted 114 days ago

This happens to me more often than not. A byproduct of ADHD combined with periods of strong desire to be creative have me all too often diving into a project because I happen to have the perfect wood for it. I started my wife’s dresser almost three years ago, still not done. The headboard that I made for her took way to long, but I did finally finish it. I had some really nice figured walnut and cut it into shelves to make a bookshelf for my son, hasn’t gone any farther yet. I’m usually better with the smaller projects due to the lack of complexity (usually) which lends themselves to a fairly rapid completion time. I do this only as a hobby and if I’ve only got two hours to kill, I can knock out a 1 1/2 hour project easy enough, at the same time I can barely make a dent in a 50 hour project!

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Gerald Thompson

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#14 posted 113 days ago

My wife and I have been making 1840 Shaker clocks for family and friends. We have made four and still have four more to go.
My mechanic wants one for his mother. He said he would buy the materials. I told him the movement alone was $150. That gave him pause. My next retort will be if I bring in the parts will you install them?
Yes things get old after awhile and we have to back off for a time.

-- Jerry

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 113 days ago

I’ve had this same problem with a couple of projects ,I think I built them to see if I could, now that their 95% of the way done I realized I have no place to put them once their done,so they sit in the shop clogging up my bench .
I’ve always had this thing about finishing what ever I do so it makes it hard for me to move on to other projects I’m interested in.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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