On 24 Sep 2004 10:01:58 -0700, email@example.com (Never Enough
works for me... I have both, and the neighbors usually come by on
Monday nights with their lawn chairs and beer coolers to watch Monday
Night Talking Nonsense.. umm.. I mean foot ball..
I went through this phase once. My cure is to only do projects from late
October through Mayish. I hardly even visit my shop during the summer
unless it's for something I'm building outside. I usually start off in
October building something for the shop to get in the groove so to speak.
Something simple. By May, I'm ready to call it quits. But in October, I'm
sooo ready to start a project again. Works for me!
I have been a medieval re-enactor for over twenty years. I actually
got into woodworking through re-enactment. The lesson I learned in
being deeply involved in any hobby was that if I'm not having fun
doing this, do something different.
I used to be a medieval archer. Then it got to be work. So I pulled
back from that part of it, and threw myself into woodworking. I still
have my armor and my bow, and I shoot every now and then, and it's fun
My advice would be for you to do something different. You look like
you've been doing cabinetry. Build a boat. Turn a bowl. Tiller a
Take a different path. Not only will your enthusiasm for the craft
return, but you will be able to return to cabinetry in time with a
renewed sense of purpose.
I find that the desire of woodworking increases proportionally
with my SWMBO desire to be a @%^&#. So I do go through
phase where I'll leave it for a while, but she never fails to snap
me right back into it after a while.
I think that it why I prefer power tools to hand tools. The level
of noise they produce drowns out the nagging and etc....
Woodworking projects don't have to produce useful and practical (and
boring)household items. Think wooden toys, sculptures, a little
sliding-lid box for your block plane, etc. Spend a year not making
anything too big to pick up with one hand. Use your power tools to
make whittling and carving blanks. Have a private two-by-four contest
(what can you design and make from a single 2x4?).
Precisely why my shop has XM radio. <G>
I can pop a microbrew and do utterly silly things, like walk in
circles with the radio on, all by myself.
It fits the bill so well I'm changing a bedroom into a studio for my
wife, so SHE has her own place to do the same thing.
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