I have just posted my latest SQ - Stupid Question - because I find
myself overthinking about the various options in most projects in
Joints? - which one?
Techniques - example, my question re the sequence of cutting a picture
Do you find yourself overthinking? (The more tools, the greater the
o-ptions, it seems.) In what areas? Does more experience add more
Discuss and compare and contrast. 25% of exam grade.
We don't hear from you all summer, and now you want us to write thesis
papers? <G> Where ya' been, stuck in traffic on Rt. 6?
I overthink on occasion, but usually when I do, the clearly correct
answer always becomes apparent when I'm about to start using the tool.
Once I started to realize that I do this, I began to take "practice
swings" without touching the tool to the wood. Occasionally, a better
method comes to me during the practice. If it dosen't, I usually have
to best method I know ready to go.
I know _I_ understand what I just said, hopefully you folks do as
I'll solve that one for you Andy. Send me 90% of your stock so that you
won't stress over finding the perfect board; you'll just grab whatever's
left for your next project. <g>
Andy Dingley wrote:
When I'm in the shop, I'm right-brained. I think in pictures. The
finished product spins in my head like a VR computer display, only
better. The joints design themselves, and the hand tools volunteer. It
is so fun.
I tried to design and build a crosscut jig for my circ saw by thinking
it out and calculating on paper. Nasty, ugly, out-of-square, yuck.
BTW, today is my first visit to wreck woodwork. Hiya.
HA! Don't you go to your computer to expand on your PROBLEM! What do you
think we are some kind of humanoid Super Computer for you? I see through
your question this is a clear attempt at getting us spend our lives helping
you get through the question that arise in your atempt to make a push
Well, you are not going to do it to me.
suck his fellow woodworkers into his disillusionment
I find the "thinking" portion of a project is usually kinda
fun to the point where final execution sometimes feels like
I'm "just going through the motions".
Also, it has been my experience that flashes of utter
brilliance occur throughout the life of the project thus
justifying those self-imposed delays when I question the
next move/ponder a design element/re-figure how I'm "gonna
do this part". Some short sighted people call this
procrastination. I know better now.
It's all in how you look (and re-look) at things and
I agree with Andrew on this one. The more the experience the less options as
you know what's going to work. Granted all problem provide multiple
solutions and as you state more tools provide more solutions. When on a
jobsite I tend to collaborate and see what ideas the other trades have,
folks like me that have had to come up with oddball solutions to cockamamie
ideas homeowners and their new age designers come up with. There are many
great ideas here and in a couple of the other newsgroups where other people
provide unique solutions to some projects. For me the journey is much more
interesting than the destination. If I can build a jig or tool instead of
spending cash on technology to solve a problem, you bet I overthink
/over-engineer the whole thing.
Do I ever overthink?
Hmmm....let me see. All projects start with thinking, generally about what
steps to take, do I have the tools and so forth, and naturally about the
design of whatever it is I'm thinking of making. At some point I realize
that I've been thinking a long time, and no sawdust is being made, and then
I think I've been overthinking, but on the other hand, underthinking is a
great danger as well, so I usually think a bit longer even though I think
I've been overthinking. Just when I think I'm convinced I'm overthinking,
I'll - you guessed it - think of something that clearly indicates I've been
under thinking and that more thinking is required. At some point during all
this thinking, I sometimes think to myself "why all this thinking? It's a
hobby for Pete's sake, and you're not getting anything done!", then I think
"Well, yeah, but if enjoyment is the goal, and I'm enjoying myself thinking,
then just thinking's ok." Of course, I think actually getting something made
is better than just thinking, but sometimes I get something done and think
to myself "Ya know, I really should have thought about this more before I
started..." But, if you think about it, thinking _is_ doing - to think is a
verb after all, so if thinking is doing, then it doesn't really matter if
you are thinking or doing - they're both the same thing! I wish I'd thought
of that before I bought all these tools! 8-)
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