A Strategy for Woodworking #45: Expectations

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 03-02-2015 03:42 PM 1850 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 44: Hand Tools Part 45 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 46: Chisels at the Bench »

Expectations. We all have them when we walk into the shop. Ah yes, I have come to spend a pleasant relaxing day at the bench undisturbed, unperturbed.

Then you begin work.

Things can go wrong. Jigs don’t work, parts mis-align as the glue holds fast in the wrong spot, wood tears out, screw heads break off, and finishes blotch. Lest it be misunderstood that I am somehow above the fray here, that nothing ever goes wrong for me, that I am the calm sea in the eye of every storm at my bench, just ask my assistants over the years. Loud is a good way to describe my woodworking.

It comes down to what we think is going to happen and what actually happens. It comes down to practice and preparation. But mostly it comes to slowing down because you’re in a hurry. That’s the key. Expectations.

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 05:15 PM

Gary, it’s like you mentioned once in a video that the key to fine woodworking is slowing down, comforting to know that even the professionals have some of the issues I have!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 06:11 PM


Sometimes it’s easier to guide others than ourselves? LOL! When I have a day without Murphy by my side, I am pleasantly surprised. I use many coping skills to get my work done. “Step away from the car sir!” “Back the truck up, Tom.” Or as Charles Neal says “Measure three times and sneak up on it.”

My woodworking is a great Metaphor for other aspects of life.

Thanks for your thoughts!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 11:51 PM

You are a wise man, Gary. Appreciate your wisdom

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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