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Forum topic by mahdee posted 11-24-2014 07:29 PM 884 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2014 07:29 PM

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A while back I posted this forum topic and here are the results so far. If you could pick and or add 10 favorites by #’s, I wonder which numbers would get the most picked:

1- Do your best work.
2- Always get 1/3 deposit.
3- Payment on delivery.
4- Never consign furniture or instruments.
5- Charge for everything.
6- Sharpen often.
7- Thou shalt not use Chinese plywood.

8- Be curious

9- Do something new every day in the shop

10- Learn from others. And invite guests in the shop

11- Dont copy. Get inspired by others and then alter it to your taste and make it yours

12- Inspiration comes in many forms. And often from places not related to woodworking. Look around

13- Know the long history of the craft. And realize that a tool or teqnique used 400 years ago is often still the best way to do things properly

14- Enjoy the process and forget the end result once in a while.

15- Tinker a lot

16- Be creative

17- Keep a sketchbook at all times and learn basic handdrawing.

18- Do or do not- there is no try!

19- When you complete a project, make a donation and plant some trees.

20- As soon as it’s not razor sharp, stop and sharpen it. Nothing good comes from dulled tool.

21- When you’re tired and not at a deadline, stop working. Being exhausted is unproductive and dangerous.

22- Keep the shop clean- it’s where you love to be, make the most of it by keeping it organized and as efficient as possible.

23- Each time you turn on a machine, make a point to think of how that tool can be dangerous. Never let an operation become thoughtless and routine.

24- Protect your lungs. Collect dust to the best your budget will allow, filter the shop in the same manner, open windows, etc. I am convinced in small shops, especially for dedicated hobbiest, that obstructive lung issues are a serious concern because of poor dust collection.

25- Fancy wood doesn’t make-up for poor design. Learn to understand that concept.

26- Be honest and ethical- others might not be, but don’t let it be you.

27- Thou shalt not discuss tool or wood prices in the presence of another woodworker’s spouse.

28- Leak no blood in thy shoppe!

29- Update your first aid kit annually.

30- Steri-Strip can be as good or better than stitches and no pain. Essential for country dwellers.

31- Know how to preserve/save a detached limb; 2 Ziploc bags and plenty of ice. limb goes in one Ziploc and get placed inside another Ziploc filled with ice and water. No, don’t throw the limb in the cooler and grab a beer!

32- Learn to listen to your tools,

33- use them for what they’ve been designed to do,

34- & take care of your tools.

35- And Keep your shop & work area CLEAN!!! You’d be amazed at the results of organization.

36- If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

37- friend in need is a pest indeed

38- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s project

39- Create something no one has ever made

40- Confess to your wife about the tools you snuck in on Sundays

41- Don’t bad mouth the competition”

42- Customers remember and respect integrity.

43- I will always try to do my best at any project, large or small

44- I will understand that there may be imperfections.

45- I will learn to fix these imperfections in a way that says “I meant to do that”’.

46- I will make all projects stronger then they need to be.

47- I will make the most out of the tools I have, expensive or not.

48- I will respect my tools that they help me and not turn on me causing injury.

49- I will respect the wood I use, that there is a limited supply.

50- I will continue to grow and learn, trying new skills.

51- I will share whenever I can, plans and skills.

52- I will always find enjoyment working with wood.

53- Enter through the narrow gate and express your spirit. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to plans, and many enter through it.”

54- Never pee outside your shop so a busy body old lady can see and complain

55- Pei is the success to making harmonious music!!!

56- Don’t measure… mark. (also know as scribe) (yes I realize this immediately negates my original premise)

57- Don’t plan, design.

58- Design by making.

59- Don’t give up.. do give in.

60- It is not straight until it is jointed.

61- If it is still not straight see #4.

62- Be nice.

63- Breathe

64- You should probably breathe through a mask… as I was told several times by an elder woodworker and mentor…,”Trees don’t love you.. they want you dead!!” (He always said this with quite an emphasis)

65- All answers come in the form of a question.

66- Though shalt not consider finishing a form a woodworking… it is a separate guild for a good reason.

67- Know when to stop… not the same as quitting.

68- Know when to take a break.

69- ” Always shout “NOISE” before engaging a loud machine.

70- To come to understand, not in a cognitive way, but through feelings, the nature of wood.

71- To admit at the very beginning that there is no such thing as perfection in wood, for in spite of all his efforts there will always be some minute blemish, some telltale error, recorded in the wood, though known only to the builder.

72- In laying our and forming joints, to anticipate the inevitable movement that will occur long after the work is finished.

73- Respect the wood. It’s a valuable God-given resource.

74- Take good care of your tools, and they’ll take good care of you.

75- Understand and value the historical aspect of the woodworking craft.

76- Pass along the craft by teaching someone else.

77- Be Honest

78- Be Fair with People.

79- Avoid Pettiness

80- Give More than Required

81- Be Kind

82- iGve credit where credit is due

83- Thou shalt not use Pocket Screws

84- Be a mentor to someone.

85- Time/cost analysis of your work eliminates false perceptions and skepticism.

86- Thou shall never sand cross grain!

87- My life

88- their life

89- the life of the box

90- whichever goes first

91- voids the warranty

92- i do fix any normal use things
if they don’t mistreat them
some have left their boxes in the rain
or beat up in the trunk of the car
i take them back
and they can order another
or cover the cost of fixing
if they are salvageable still

93- Thou shalt not cut twice and measure once. Nay, I sayest thou shalt measure twice before cutting once.

94- Ban BLO

95- pocket screws have their place

96- though shalt only use square or torx drive screws

97- in fine furniture minimize all screws

98- remember, woodworkers are the biggest fans of craftsman/mission/etc. normal people not so much

99- let the wood be the star of the show

100- keep workbench clean

101- simple designs have longevity

102- try things you don’t know how to do/have a few tried and true projects for quick gifts

103- learn how to do every operation by hand that you do with a power tool

104- remember to add finishing time when estimating completion time


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#1 posted 11-24-2014 11:24 PM

Hmmm…104 seems like an awful lot…looks like a lot of things could be combined (like all the ones about screws)...and a lot could be eliminated as repetitive (like keeping shop and workbench clean)...but like all great projects the list is a place to start. Thanks for starting a fun forum that gets us thinking outside the box.

105-No bad puns (or was that already mentioned?)

Have a great Thanksgiving!

-- Leafherder

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