Extremely Average #66: Monday Ramblings

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 03-09-2010 04:46 AM 1358 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonight I bought a ½ inch x 2 inch Freud bit. The instructions for installing the router plate said I should have one, and I can’t think of a single reason why the Rousseau people would lie to me. Of course, it takes very little prodding to get me to buy a new tool or tool related accessory.

Yesterday, in addition to the final glue up, I spent some time meditating about the install. I sat in the middle of the room, in the lotus position, and hummed and visualized a perfect install. Ok, none of that is true. I actually spent a fair amount of time playing with my Wii. I was playing the Wii cabinet builder game, and made it all the way to kitchen remodeling. Yeah, that wasn’t true either.

It feels like I need to take a day or two and not work on it. I can’t explain why, but there is a little voice in my head, that is telling me that I am on the precipice of a mistake. The little alarm bells in my head made me pause the glue up for a couple of hours, and sure enough, I figure out a different method. I can’t say for sure that the process was better than my original thought, but it did work. Maybe it is just a fear of screwing up, as I really like the look of my router table top. In fact, when I unclamped it and set it on top of the legs I said, “Man that is a sexy table top.”

It might just be fear. Fear is a constant companion on my journey. She walks beside me, whispering in my ear, saying “Are you sure about that?” You may have notice that I choose the third-person personal pronoun ‘she’ for fear. This is, in part, because of a blog post I read today. The question was posed, “What frightens you?” My answer was, in a nutshell, single women and nightclubs. There was a long story, which I won’t bore you with, but I realized that fear is an exciting aspect of life. It isn’t the fear so much, as the rush of overcoming it.

Thus far, the table seems to be coming along nicely. I have gotten over my fear of gluing two pieces of wood together. Next stop, my fear of installing the router base plate.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 05:55 AM

You know, the text and photo in this post present so many opportunities to go non-PG with comments that I think I’m better off just refraining altogether!

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 07:16 AM

Kacy, is it the part where he wrote: “In fact, when I unclamped it and set it on top of the legs…”. It just screams “router table”, doesn’t it? : )

Brian, Looks good!


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#3 posted 03-09-2010 07:58 AM

the table looks great , brian .

you will get over the fear ,
it’s no harder to overcome ,
than building a router table !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 02:01 PM

Brian, the table is coming along well. And, I think that most of us tend to have the same “fears” that you do as when at this stage of a project. Like David said, experience will alleviate these fears over time but in the meantime the only way to gain “experience” is to work though these nagging doubts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 08:35 PM

I like the Wii game.. guess it would start with entertainment centers and go to kitchens?

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 11:24 PM

Good job so far Brian. I like that well defined neat hole in the middle. I can see a router plate sitting there in the near future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 12:44 AM

the table look great from here Brian
but when said it looks sexy I´m off
you better take two weeks on the beach
down in sao paulo and see what is sexy
and while you are down there you
can visit
in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
and see his tools/shop


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#8 posted 03-10-2010 05:47 AM


That is a very sexy tool shop.


-- Brian Meeks,

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