Striving for perfection is one thing. Being dissapointed when you don't attain it is quite another. But how do you curb your own excessive fussiness?
I'm getting more and more into making little wood boxes for jewelery, trinkets, etc. Average size 6" X 4", but can be as big/small as required. Here are some examples of what I've done in utili, oak, ash, purpleheart, yew.
I'd like to turn this hobby into some kind of earner by doing made-to-measure boxes to order. My big problem is that I'm rarely satisfied with my work and I assume that a potential customer will be even more critical than I am. Friends & relations I've shown my stuff to think its very good but I just can't get past the little imperfections I know are there: a slightly loose joint requiring some filler; a blemish on the oil finish where a spot of glue on the wood wasn't noticed; couple of small "hard" spots on the velvet interior where some glue dripped.
Question for the wreckers here who do pieces for customers. Are you ever truly satisfied with your work to the point where you think it will probably be rejected? Or am I overestimating the capacity of the public to be critical of something they can't do to begin with?