|Forum topic by woodenwarrior||posted 03-28-2015 01:21 PM||1067 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
03-28-2015 01:21 PM
I know I’m not the only one that has had this problem. Building that one project that just won’t work out, infuriates you and makes you pull your hair out threatening to burn it but you see it through just because your pride won’t let you give it up. I would love to hear about yours…here’s mine….
Three years ago when I redeployed from Afghanistan, my wife asked me to build an aquarium stand for my duaghter’s fish tank. This was going to be my first real self designed project. The concept in my head was pretty straight forward…oak,A&C style, tapered heavy bottom legs with two adjustable shelves. Everything was going well until I disregarded a cardinal rule of not cutting all of the pieces at once. Needless to say the nothing fit properly and my frustration level went through the roof. The pieces eventually got stacked in a corner gathering dust taunting me every time I went out to work on something.
Fast forward three years and another redeployment. My wife was helping me clean up my shop and get organized after I returned home this time. She found three or four unfinished projects off to the side that she made me promise I would finish before starting something new( the A&C mirror I posted was one of them). She pulled out those mis cut pieces of an abortion I dreaded to think about as an unfinished aquarium stand and stacked them so the full force of my ineptitude could be viewed in the open for all to see. If I could have used my superman-like infra vision I would have torched the whole stack on the spot….unfortunately that isn’t listed among one of my many skill sets.
I have since done my best to put my pride aside and finish this beast. My skills have grown in the past three years ( in part from the many things I’ve learned from all of you…many thanks!) and my tool collection has grown as well. I pulled those pieces out and the first thing that went through my mind was,” Were you drunk or just stupid when you cut these???” It has taken a lot of patience and ingenuity to make this thing work as I am determined NOT to use new wood to fix something that should have done right the first time. It’s coming along and the plan has changed yet again ….for the umpteenth time. It will be finished because my pride won’t let this defeat me.
-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda