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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 04-13-2009 03:52 PM 1144 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2009 03:52 PM

What a day. It was Good Friday so the store were closed and a perfect day for some woodworking, however after spending a 10 minutes getting prepared, setting up the router table, I made my first cut and the clamp on the fence moved, thus the piece was ruined. After a quick breather, I recouped fixed the fence and moved on to another project, and sure enough started passing the wood by the router and the bit snapped, damaging a nice piece of wood. Of course it was a key bit and I couldn’t run out and buy a new one until tomorrow, pretty much killed my long anticipated day of woodworking. After that many swear words were said and I started to think about how people keep patient when these things happen.

I do woodworking as a form of meditation, however after days like those I was ready to beat my router fence senseless. What do others do when these kind of things happen?

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 04:33 PM

time to fire up the stove….

but seriously – I’ll just stop, get out. take a break, get things back in perspective, and start back slowly -making shallower passes, smaller cuts. more attention to what I’m doing – so that if I was the cause for all these mishaps, I’ll be able to see it, and learn from it. – put your mind in a meditational state, and the rest will follow

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 04:51 PM

We don,t remain calm, we bash the living daylights out of any inanimate object nearby with the biggest hammer we own, which inevitably glances of and breaks something very expensive that we also needed which then makes us madder and has the family pets running for cover. After the vein in your neck has expanded to such a degree that you lose sight in one of your eyes then you realise its time to breath slowly, put down the chainsaw and get some fresh air, preferably aided by a beverage of some description. Or maybe thats just me.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 04:53 PM

i feel your pain. i wish i had advice, but sometimes things just happen. one idea might be to lose the poser tools when you are trying to “meditate”. I’m not ready to do that, but catastrophic problems seem rare when only handtools are involved.

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 05:14 PM

I don’t leave the shop. I sit and just look at everything, look at my task and just think. I let the knowledge that’s floating around in my head try and come to the surface and find a way around the speed bump I am encountering. Sometimes the answer comes quick sometimes it takes awhile but there is always a solution, (except when there is only one of a kind router bit).

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

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 05:16 PM

Patience? What patience?

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

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 05:19 PM

I think we’re all familar with those days when nothing seems to go right. When I find the tools in the shop uncooperative, I typically go back in the house. And if I cannot shake the need to make something, I go into the basement where I have my lathe and I’ll turn a pen or two.

I have a lot of pens.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 04-13-2009 05:26 PM

I remember my first day working with an old boss. He was one of those master craftsmen types. I ran into a few areas where I got frustrated and might have lost it a bit. After working with me all day not saying a thing we were driving home and he said that he saw I was a little flustered. After a long pause he just asked “did it help?”. Some Days I just breath….

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#8 posted 04-13-2009 05:56 PM

1. take a break 2. after the heat starts to go back down try to remember try to focus on the fact that every one of these incidences is a lesson and try to figure how to avoid it happening again. In time you will have this happen less and less. note it usually takes me several hours before I can focus on the lesson but it does help.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 06:02 PM

1 Word, putter.

I go all Adult ADD and start doing cleaning, then realise my chisels need a touch up honing then realize that I left the WD 40 in the house which leads me to go into the little storage/shop area downstairs and remember that I needed to bring the nitrile gloves back out to the shop.

I don’t get a lot done but I enjoy every moment of it. Then I try to do something real again.

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#10 posted 04-13-2009 06:27 PM

Just what you did. Get on LJ’s and rant for a while. Gets the steam out. Then I can go back to having fun

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 04-13-2009 06:40 PM

I believe that patience has a lot to do with whatever else is going on in life…, family, other outside the home obligations, all serve to seperate available time into hurriedly rushed segments. This is not the best kind of conditions into which one tries to also dovetail in some shop time.

Perhaps the answer is to schedule shop time, ie: certain day or evening and number of hours, and let everyone who is constantly trying to get a piece of you know that this is your time, and you are not to be disturbed. This applies to that dog-goned telephone as well.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#12 posted 04-13-2009 06:57 PM

Sounds like a day to walk away from and try it again another day.

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#13 posted 04-14-2009 12:10 AM

Some times I slip up and take His name in vain! When the going gets tough, I try to think how blessed i am to have such trivial problems when most of the world is wondering where there next meal is coming from.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 04-14-2009 12:31 AM

I was going to be a doctor but didn’t have the patience.
Consequently, when something bad happens in the shop (it’s always the fault of poor materials or badly designed tools, BTW) I just go to a corner, get in the fetal position and cry.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 04-14-2009 12:38 AM

Try to remember, a bad day in the shop is better than a good day at work.

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