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MrRon

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03-27-2015 04:30 PM

The title says it all, but I will add: “We should always work toward being perfect”, although we will never reach it. I hear so many people say; “it’s good enough”. It’s never just good enough. If you work for a passing grade, that’s what you may get. If you work for an “A”, you may not get an “A”, but you might end up with a “B” which is much better than “just passing”.


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#1 posted 03-27-2015 04:36 PM

Aim small, miss small.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 07:11 PM

Ron,
I agree…. I also disagree!!!

I always try to do my best, when it matters!
“When” depends upon the project….
Is this a gift?
Is it a shop project?
Is it an experiment/prototype/skills building project?
Is it a down & dirty jig?
Does it need to be done…. yesterday!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 08:58 PM

Build it like you were building it for yourself. If you’re happy, the recipient should be happy. If it’s not good enough for you, why would it be good enough for someone else?

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 09:54 PM

I try to practice on everything I build, even if it’s 2×4 stuff, so that when it counts I’ll have the experience/skills. Gotta be careful that this doesn’t prevent getting the “quick and dirty” stuff done, though. It’s a balance. Besides, if you’re perfect, there’s nowhere to go but down.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 10:10 PM



Ron,
I agree…. I also disagree!!!

I always try to do my best, when it matters!
“When” depends upon the project….
Is this a gift?
Is it a shop project?
Is it an experiment/prototype/skills building project?
Is it a down & dirty jig?
Does it need to be done…. yesterday!!!

- DIYaholic

I have to agree with Randy, sometimes good enough will do.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 11:48 PM

The enemy of damned good is just a little bit better.

-- Jerry

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#7 posted 03-28-2015 12:16 AM

”Set your goals low, they’re easier to achieve.”
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 03-28-2015 12:45 AM

I’m currently building a tool chest. I have a really small table saw that I can’t cut the carcase pieces out with. So, I’m down to a framing square and clamps on the top of the table saw, then using a router to trim the edges square and to length. My tolerance for out of square is to use a .004” feeler gauge to verify it. That sounds tight, but tolerances build as the errors build. I also had to true up my framing square, as it was slightly out. I have the end plates and the lid and bottom cut out to size; the rest can be run through the table saw. Took me a couple of hours. This is about 5 minutes work with a table saw of the proper dimensions. It won’t be perfect when it is done, but the drawers will slide easily, and hold all the tools. And, it will look nice. That’s all the perfect that I need.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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MrRon

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#9 posted 03-28-2015 05:01 PM

I don’t recall where I saw this, but there was a saying that read: “A man can have a menial job, like sweeping a floor, but he does it to the best of his ability.” This is something I subscribe to; always give more than 100%. The result is less failure and self satisfaction, and admiration from others.

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#10 posted 03-28-2015 05:26 PM

As I continue to make more and more stuff and learn, I always preface it by saying that this is best I can do at this time. Often it actually is!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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