10,000 Hours #1: The Beggining

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Blog entry by LucasWoods posted 03-05-2015 05:39 PM 1876 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first post of many in my quest to accomplish 10,000 hours of woodworking. I don’t know if anyone will bother reading this but it will be more of a log of my hours maybe things that I have learned and some pictures of my projects along the way. I will include reading and research apart of the 10,000 hours. I did buy The Essential Woodworker so however long it takes me to read/take notes will count towards my hours. Furthermore, I will track the time that I spend in my shop completing projects or practicing skills. I hope if your reading this you can help give me pointers along the way or motivate me because I am sure in tracking 10,000 hours worth of work is going to become monotonous at times.

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 09:04 PM

I see no doomsday clock!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 09:28 PM

I am knew to this blogging think lol… is there a way I can have a counter on this blog page?

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#3 posted 03-06-2015 12:56 AM

I get asked all the time about how long did this or that project take and I can never give an accurate estimate. Do I count the time I spend goofing off with my kids while the glue dries? Honestly, I don’t care. Time in the shop is a good thing. As soon as I start tracking hours, it starts to feel like work and less like a hobby. The only time I track is how late can I keep the saws running before my neighbors start to complain.

Good luck in your quest. I guess you will put to the test the theory that mastery requires 10,000 hours.

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#4 posted 03-06-2015 01:18 AM

Thank you very much. I think it will be interesting to track my hours spent on projects, reading or practicing.

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#5 posted 03-06-2015 02:27 PM

Good Luck Lucas :) May I make a suggestion? Since you are new to woodworking and blogging, maybe do a smaller goal first? maybe 100 or at most 1000? With 10000 that is 416 days if do woodworking 24/7…

I am new too and from what everyone has been telling me, start small and work your way up :) If you hit a smaller goal faster than you though, make another blog series and increase it a bit. Just don’t want you to get discouraged.

Have fun!

-- New to working and learning as much as I can :D

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#6 posted 03-06-2015 03:14 PM

i hear you. I am more doing this as a study as well that states that it takes an estimated 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to become a “Master” at a skill. So I am interested to see if I will end up being like Chris Schwarz after 10,000 hours lol.

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#7 posted 03-06-2015 03:46 PM

I look forward to following your journey in life, family and shop.

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#8 posted 03-06-2015 04:41 PM

10,000 is not enough. At least for me. I love the work of Carlo Bugatti, and that stuff is not very easy to make.

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#9 posted 03-06-2015 08:45 PM

Good luck in the endeavor of attaining 10,000 hours. I get a lot of free time and enjoy woodworking but can’t say I can afford to buy the materials to put 10,000 hours in the next few years!

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#10 posted 03-06-2015 11:11 PM

I don’t think even Chris Schwarz accumulated 10,000 hours in the shop in his first years woodworking. I am not too worried that this goal will take 5+ years or more. I will be posting my first project hopefully soon. I just moved to Colorado Springs so my garage workshop is yet to be setup lol.

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#11 posted 03-07-2015 05:22 PM

Hey Lucas,

That’s an extremely admirable goal. Along the way, I’m sure you will make many great projects for/with your son, thus passing along the skills and work ethic necessary to be a successful woodworker. Keep in mind, it’s the journey, not the destination, although each finished project in and of itself is a milestone. Did you pick 10,000 hours because you want to become a woodworking outlier? I’m looking forward to following along. I did 1% of this with my boat build blog in 100 hours.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#12 posted 03-07-2015 06:02 PM

I picked 10,000 hours just because that is supposedly the # of hours to master something. I am looking forward to the journey very much so. My daughter and my son will enjoy many pieces and hopefully learn as well when they get older.

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#13 posted 03-07-2015 06:11 PM

We all have our own approach to how we do things ,if tracking and accumulating how many hours you are in the shop works for you,more power to you Lucas,just learn and enjoy safely !


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#14 posted 03-09-2015 02:26 PM

A lofty goal indeed !!

Let’s see – need to do some math…

If I could spend 1 hour a day in the shop (which is unlikely), that’s 365 hours a year. It would take 27.4 years for me to reach the 10,000 hour mark. I am aged 59, so this means I would be 86 before I could become a ‘Master’ woodworker. Of course this doesn’t factor in the 10+ years I’ve been tinkering with wood up until now, so maybe I could look forward to mastering something by age 80…boggles the mind.

Anyway, it’s good to have you in the woodworking and LJs community.

Hey, I just noticed you are from Colorado Springs. I’m just up the road a piece from you in Castle Rock!

Howdy neighbor!

-- Ed

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#15 posted 03-09-2015 02:31 PM

Oh really? I was just up in that area a few days ago.

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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