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Blog entry by Pete posted 01-11-2012 11:19 PM 1698 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used to blog. Not a lot, and not here, but enough to have learned that it can be very cathartic. This has caused me to believe in blogging as a form of journaling (NOT a diary, a journal!).

For me, woodworking came along at a very tumultuous time in my life, and I learned that I can really escape the world by diving into the intricate details that are the difference between “useable” and “heirloom.” Admittedly, I have yet to acquire such skills that would place anything I’ve created into the later of those two categories, but that’s the point for me. It doesn’t matter.

I suffer (or enjoy, depending on the day) from both OCD and ADHD. This has been a problem for me in the world of woodworking, because as I have stated, my work doesn’t really reach the perfection stage. This caused me great frustration (OCD) and to give up quickly (ADHD). The good news is that since returning to the hobby within the last year or so, I have learned how to control these issues (the drugs don’t hurt either…).

So, when I post my projects, I intentionally highlight my flaws. I do this for 2 reasons. First, I have to. I can’t (and won’t) try to pretend that I do great work, yet. The second, and probably why I’m on this site at all, is in hopes that someone will look at my error and say “oh yah, I remember doing that. I fixed the issue by …” I mean, isn’t that why we’re all on this web site? To bolster each other when they do well, and help each other when needed. I know I’ve learned a lot from others’ projects, blogs, and forums.

Well, that’s about it. Thanks for reading. Cheers!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 12:01 AM

Thanks for that You made my day as I have made some mistakes and will need to cover them up so I quit early and tomorrow will maybe be a better day
Thanks again.

-- Profile photo is of our big 50th celebration, What a great day that was, July 2011

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 12:07 AM

I think we are our worst critics as woodworkers. I had a very demanding career and had to deal with a lot of situations and tragity. When I retired, woodworking filled a void for me. I look at some of my work and feel that I may of done it differently but have to keep in mind that I do not have the machinery and finishing skills as professional woodworking manufacturers.
Just try to keep the mind set that this is a hobby and have fun. The most important thing is to have a good time at your hobby and in your shop.

Good Luck to you sir:

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 12:16 AM

I wish you the best with your challenges, and a lot of joy with your woodworking.

You’ll notice … I feel compelled (isn’t that the “C” in “OCD” ??) to point out the flaws in my projects, too ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 12:20 AM

I personally have crippling obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). So badly that I have had to completely change my life, job and diet. Lots of people joke about it (especially since the TV show “Monk” came out, which I was a huge fan of). But those who actually HAVE it, and I’m not talking about a desire to be neat or a tendency to straighten things or being a perfectionist, I mean a daily, life controlling thing… for those people it is not enjoyable. I would trade every tool in my shop, my house, my truck and everything but my wife and my two dogs to live a year free from OCD.

I have never heard of someone with both OCD, which is uncontrollable obsessions that compel you to do and redo the same things over and over again to find relief; and ADHD, which is the inability to focus the mind for more than short periods, and therefore the opposite of OCD. I suppose we learn something new every day!

Thanks for posting!

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 12:39 AM

Great Post!
I am not and have never been in the same class as my father, grandfather or stepfather. Two of them were true master cabinet makers and could create an heirloom piece with a scrap of driftwood and a pocket knife. The third, my stepfather, could build a shed, a garage, a barn, or a house and I seldom saw him use a tape measure or a square, yet when he was done the buildings were as close to perfect as could be.
I went a different route. My dad tried to teach me woodworking when I was very young and I could never get the hang of it.
My step dad was also a truck driver and a diesel mechanic along with being a very good guitar player and singer.
I tried the music life, and I learned I hate bars.
I ended up being a truck driver and mechanic for a few decades and even owned a small successful trucking company. For physical reasons I can’t do that anymore so I have returned to making stuff out of wood.
Off and on for many years I also worked at building construction and got pretty good at it, but I lost my interest in it when the people paying the bills started wanting golden fixtures and fittings for plastic prices.
For the last 6 or 8 years I have been converting buses into Entertainer coaches and high dollar motor homes, along with repairing regular RV’s and campers.
I have learned through all of this that although I make mistakes and may have to do a project 2, 3 or 4 times before it comes up to the standard of ‘Junk’, I learn something every time.
Someday I may be able to make something that I can be proud of but I doubt it. I am, in the meantime, just happy to use my time in the shop keeping myself busy, keeping my mind busy and keeping all my body parts attached to the proper places.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 12:48 AM

I think I have a bit of that too, wait, what was I talking about? Seriously, I thank the drugs too. And I find the same satisfaction in escaping to the workshop, never quite approaching perfection, etc. In fact, I’m a bit proud of overcoming my need for perfection, that gnawing feeling that things just aren’t right. I have to stop and think, who do you think you are, a master craftsman? I think I get a better result this way.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 04:16 AM

You will find that you are in good company on this site. There are a lot of us OCDs involved in woodworking and the advice we get on LJ is priceless (better than drugs).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-14-2012 03:04 AM

I have never been diagnosed with OCD or addhddddd. But there is something there. My attention span is about 2 minutes. I work in an environment that taxes me physically and mentally. I get to move around from cubed office environment to climbing telephone poles. I love it and it keeps me busy. Then I come home and my dear wife lets me go get lost in my shop. I create what I want. I will not sell any project. I give them away. I will not take a commission. In my mind if I do, then my hobby becomes a job. I build something then hate it. But the best is making furniture and toys for my grandson and the look on his face. Thanks guys this is almost like a support group.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 03:38 AM

Is there a group hug button on LJ? You guys are amazingly supportive. The one thing that brought me to LJ was the fact that I wanted to find a way to become the father I needed when I was growing up. Hearing you guys have real heartfelt conversations like this makes me feel like I’m in the right place to learn a bit more than woodworking. Thanks guys! This made my night.

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#10 posted 01-19-2012 07:52 PM

I am not sure what my problem is but I have this insane habit of starting a project and not finishing it. I have 6 or 8 unfinished boxes, an absolutely beautiful unfinished (inside) walnut and oak briefcase, 3 or 4 unfinished jigs and several scroll saw projects. Then to top it all off I laid out the material yesterday to start work on a clock today. I have a very small shop with limited tools but enough lumber to build a one bedroom house and I buy it having no idea what I am going to do with it. I really don’t waste any wood and there is nothing wrong with the unfinished projects as far as flaws or mistakes but they just sit around collecting dust from another unfinished project.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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#11 posted 01-20-2012 05:05 PM

KenBee you need a “roundtuit”

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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