Next on the list #2: Next project can wait (a little)

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 11-08-2012 03:32 PM 1492 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Always one to jump from one project to the next, I decided to chill a little bit this time and catch my breath. I’m still trying to learn that life isn’t a sprint. I’m now working a few hours in a day at my real job, so I have to give myself time to readjust.

I spent a few hours yesterday tidying up my ‘shop’ – cleaned my TS blade, put in a ZCI, changed the blade on my SCMS and basically puttered around contentedly. I tried to make some space for my soon to be arriving jointer (new to me) and I’m bound and determined that I will get some work done in the garage this winter. I now have heat, which was a necessary improvement. A DC system will have to wait a bit though, so for the time being it will continue to be mask, earplugs and shopvac. One step at a time.

Before calling it a night , I got out the step ladder and took down a few nice pieces of black cherry and maple from my lumber racks. I looked at them awhile and then just walked away. I can honestly say that this is the ONLY place where I’ll admit to dreaming about them. I think I’ll wait until they decide what they want to be…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 03:51 PM

that’s a good approach sandra

get ready for the projects ahead

waiting for the wood to speak to you
is always best

even then it sometimes changes
when the actual cutting comes into play

enjoy the new jointer
and clean shop

here is a good shop made aid
for face jointing
those plastic ones with the rubber just slip and slide

better one with a ‘heel’ on it

and NEVER put your hand over the cutter section
take it forward to the outfeed table
and hold the board flat there

‘springing’ the board flat to surface it
will only make it spring back to curved
more light passes are better for flat
then that face to the fence to do the edge

now you have a reference for all future cuts and planing true

be safe
and let the tools do the work

-- 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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#2 posted 11-08-2012 04:04 PM

It is Always a good step to take a breather and clean up and organize the shop. It does not take long for a shop to get cluttered and sawdusty (a new word) and when I take time to clean and organize I feel much better while working.
You will enjoy that new jointer. What model are you getting?

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David Craig

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 04:41 PM

I recently blogged about similar feelings and the kind folks here reminded me of things that we already know but forget we know them. Everything is about the journey and not the destination. Sometimes I commit myself to one project, other times I like to have a number of them in progress. Other days, I like taking a beer down to the shop and just playing a CD and relaxing down there. I am a putterer. I like to take plans and cut wood to patterns or take a few pieces and get them close to final size so they are ready for that next project. Then, when I am ready, some of that preliminary stuff is already done (I never get them to final dimensions until I am ready to work on them though, wood moves).

Glad you are enjoying the daydreams as well as the work at hand.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 05:21 PM

Glad I stopped. All good things to think about! We need to be familiar with our tools. They need to be cared for. Chisels and other cutting tools need to be sharp. We should know how wood is best joined?

Then go and expect to make mistakes. LOL! I think that’s called knowledge?

For me, I’m starting to “think small”, thanks to people like Greg.

Wabi Sabi

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 06:25 PM

I like to stare at pieces for a while as well. Some of them are just meant to be certain things.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 07:00 PM

donĀ“t worry it can take years before a woodpiece reweal what it wants to be
and when it does you will know what is waste that have to be removed :-)


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#7 posted 11-09-2012 03:17 AM

Greg – the jointer is a second hand 6” delta 37-190. I just took a look at your projects – Holy Toledo batman! I think the word box is too plain for your work.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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