Put aside the parts that are cut and any assembled so far. Put them away on
a corner, under the bench, whatever.
No page through the magazines. Stop as some simple project, like a basic
box, stool, and build it. Or take some scraps and make a 16 x 16 table for
next to your favorite outdoor chair. Nothing fancy, just slap it together
with 2" slats on the top.
OK, now that you took a week or two off, get back and finish the original
project and the problems will be gone. Last time I started getting
frustrated, I put all the parts away for 6 months. It was a snap to finish
and I liked it so much I made another for a friend that admired it.
A good case can be made that one of the attributes of a good wooddorker is
For me, if it becomes an aggravation it's time to walk away for as long as
it takes to keep the aggravation from feeding on itself ... it might be
hours, days, or sometimes, weeks. You generally come back with a better
attitude and some new ideas on solving the aggravation/problems.
I do have one 'cast in stone' rule that covers a lot of bases and helps with
"motivation" .... only one project at a time and no projects started until
the current one is finished, no exceptions.
Besides encouraging the patience and discipline to finish the current
project, it allows you to turn down the neighbors, relatives and anyone else
who _wants_ something from you.
You're right! And the fence for the router table is also a jig. I forgot
about the two custom sleds I made for the box, too.
Next time my wife sees me programming 3d graphics (to help design the
CAM unit I want to build) and asks what I'm doing, I'll just say, "I'm
working on that box."
- Owen -
I had a couple of projects going, one of which was some cabinet doors
for the town clubhouse. Then there was the surgery and lemme tell ya
that cranking up interest after that is tough. Happily one of my
sons-in-law came up looking for some help/advice on a project he was
doing. We spent a half day finishing that up and another couple hours
over burgers and coke at the local cafe. I think I'm going to go finish
the doors. :-)
This morning was satisfying like that.
Got up at the crack of dawn and hung the _last_ door on my "Texas Tansu"
project (http://www.e-woodshop.net/Projects8.htm ), a 'flipper' door that I
saved for last, having experienced the "flipper door aggravation" too many
times in the past.
This one worked out puuurrrfectly! ... now I get to sit back and just _look_
at a project that's all but finished before I have to take off all the
already hung doors and spray them with shellac while the weathers good ...
but that's the easy part.
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