I was thinking of asking her if she wanted some candy, but that might
not be entirely appropriate. <snort>
To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.
Well, for most people, the things they have the patience for the
things they enjoy. I get lost in time when I'm working on a project.
I forget to eat, etc. But, if I am not enjoying what I am doing I
have zilch in the way of patience.
I would suggest that doing something over and over is a good way to
suck the fun out of it. By that I mean just practicing dovetails can
get old unless they're part of something that you really want to make.
Building cabinet boxes can be as easy or as difficult as you'd like,
so sure, that's a good place to start. If you customize your
workspace you'll enjoy the work more.
Well, not that bad - you're only off by 180 degrees. Dovetails in
hardwoods are less forgiving. Pine will smoosh a bit and allow the
joint to go together, hardwood will split to tell you the fit is too
Why are you programming yourself to be frustrated and impatient?
Yep, I love sharpening things. When I'm over at someone's house it's
almost guaranteed that I'll start sharpening their kitchen knives. I
just like doing it. Scary Sharp works great, but I like my Japanese
water stones. It's just more satisfying for some reason.
Sure. LOL. Seriously though... in terms if "What Were They Thinking",
the designs that went into juke boxes was so off the wall that it's
beautiful in many cases. Kitch and Garishness galore, but some are so
over the top it makes you wonder if any of them inspired all those
things George Lucas ended up doing...and Vegas...and 1958
What kind of JOINERY are you proficient with ?
IMHO, it's probably time to learn a new skill.
When you figure out which new joint you might be interested in
learning, then you can survey your stash of wood, and decide what
you're already equipped to build.
Often, it's good to do this by looking through DIY plan books or
Small tables are great. M&T joinery is a very helpful skill. Thinks
like splined miters are run.
Bird feeders, waste baskets, jewelry boxes, shoe stands, cutting
boards, mail boxes ... wine bottle holders, are all rather quick
projects that CAN make use of pretty complex joinery, if you want them
Whatever you choose ... it SHOULD require the purchase of a new tool,
Those are good suggestions to build.
However, I do not agree with the last statement. The biggest reason
is that I do not necessarily have the extra cash laying around,
especially since I have a kid starting college in a couple weeks and
another one ready to go in another couple years, so I will be "poor"
for a while. :o)
Another reason I do not agree is that I don't think you really "need"
all those additional tools. Somebody said it best within this thread
that Galoots Rule and the people way back when didn't have the luxury
of having a bunch of tools and they put out some really nice stuff. I
*do* have a number of decent hand tools (chisels, some decent Stanley
planes, an okay dovetail saw and a Japanese saw, squares, marking
gauge, etc.) to go along with the few power tools I have.
Maybe I am way wrong (again!!) but I think it is more what you do and
how you do it rather than what tools you may have. It would be nice
to have all those cool tools but I am probably better off learning how
to use the ones I have already than to add to the arsenal.
Basically, that is the real meat behind this question: what kinds of
things should I start building that would be practical and will help
me get better. I think it is probably a common thing that people go
out and buy a new tool without learning how to fully use the ones they
already have. In fact, I am willing to bet that many times, a new
tool is not really necessary and other tools can do what you want to
do. It may not be easy and sometimes, I bet, it is really difficult.
I wonder how much money we all spend to get a cool new tool that is a
one-trick pony and is used infrequently (although, it is nice to have
whenever the need arises).
It was probably made half in jest, but I'm on his side. ;-) Whenever I do a
project around the house I buy the tools needed to do it right, even if I only
plan on using them once (and it never works out that way). I can save more by
DIY than the tools cost.
That's an argument for Neander vs. Norm. OTOH, I'm more of a Tim. ;-)
To each. I don't feature doing mortices by hand. Dovetails? You gotta be
Tools are my only vise (no decent vices, though). My real-retirement (I've
already done it once ;) plans include a lot of woodworking. I have a very good
income, plus retirement income, and I'm at the point in my life where expenses
are going down, so can easily afford tools. I like working with them, so they
get bought while I can. Sure, I have a lot of tools I don't know how to get
the most out of yet. That's the fun; learning.
Dominos would be perfect for your purpose! Plane stock, rip to width, and
then cut to length. For more of a challenge, make smaller dominoes with
the bumps in them.
You've got to have 81 of them (double 9) to play, so there's lots of
practice to be had.
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
Dominos and a box to hold them are one of the projects in the Incra Jig
book--he can get the book, and for 35 bucks he can get the baby Incra
from Rockler, then he can build a router table to hold it . . .
*wringing my hands with diabolical glee*
I bought a box of 1000 dowels a few years ago. I used them all. A 'one-
hole' Stanley dowel jig and super-sharp drill bits. Brad points. So a
and there is this guy in this newsgroup who has published a few shots
of a chair he made....and I'm challenged....and I now have the time.
That'd be me I guess... Made four of 'em actually, with enough wood waiting in
the wings for about four more... as soon as I can find the time! Workin' on
some drums right now though; gotta get those outa the way first. Those
interested in the aforementioned pics can find 'em here (somewhere):
"Our beer goes through thousands of quality Czechs every day."
(From a Shiner Bock billboard I saw in Austin some years ago)
That's why I went for the MorticePal. Someone here talked it up and it looked
pretty good for the money. ...and there was a sale on the accessories, so I
just *had* to save money. I needed a plunge router to go with it, so hello #1
The feel of a tool you made that way yourself is right up there also. I
was tempted to post a gloat that I had a sharp saw, and I did it myself.
(Needs a little touchup now... A swipe or two with a file on each tooth
will do it.)
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
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