At the risk of sounding flippant I'll say "been there, done that" but you'll
probably get over it. I don't know what all of your circumstances are, but
a few years ago we moved into a new house and I was happily looking at a
full basement finish. We had the contractor sheetrock the basement and
install the bath tub. I did all of the doors, trimming, cabinetry, etc. I
no more than started when my dad's health took a dive and he died. After
funeral and estate matters I was able to convince myself that the basement
was good therapy and it really was. But it took almost a year to get the
final item, a pretty ornate wet bar, built and installed.
By this point I didn't give a damn if I ever looked at another piece of oak
again and the West end of my garage (shop) collected a lot of dust from
neglect. I even considered selling out and using the money for something
else. Thankfully I didn't. Within a year or so I started diddling with
small projects, then took early retirement. Since then I have built some
pretty nice rocking horses for grandkids and friends. When my son wanted
some unique coffee and end tables for his new home dad spend quite a bit of
time designing and building them. I have taken on some other pretty
challenging projects and have enjoyed building my competence in the craft
like no other time in my life. I have acquired some new equipment and find
myself rolling design and construction ideas around in my head quite a bit.
I am truely enjoying the constant frustrations and challenges of being a
woodworker and antique rebuilder again and think it will be my small
- Back off for a while.
- Keep the tools. Another smart poster hit it on the head - they are cheap
to keep and expensive to replace. Besides, you can probably use some of
them for normal home maintenance.
- Don't start any projects that are not fun for a while.
- Hit the wood and craft shows now and then. There are woodworkers out
there that can provide real inspiration. Newsgroups like this one and abpw
can do the same.
- If you have kids or grankids, you might find real rewards in planning and
building simple projects for them. The same goes for wife, and other
- When you start to feel inspiration, don't go nuts. Take time to think,
plan and rethink before you start. At least for me, this is the most
enjoyable part of the craft and reduces the frustration that comes from
Hang it there!