Some days you got it....

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Blog entry by bbasiaga posted 01-21-2018 03:34 AM 730 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today was one of those days for me. I just ‘had’ it in the shop. I think I’m to the point where I consider myself an intermediate wood worker. But these days are still far between for me. I was working on the plywood case for a small cabinet that will ultimately hold a laser cutting machine. I had drawn it up in Sketchup, and was really working through the pieces. Even had to make an adjustment to the double rabbet joinery since I didn’t have the right size bearing for my rabbet cutting bit. It was even the maiden voyage for my router table fence, which worked really well and did a good job with dust collection.

In my mind, the sequence to get from set up the sheet goods to the case was clear, the setup of the machines came easily, and everything just got banged out. I was a well oiled machine. It felt really good. Maybe some day all the days in the shop will feel that good. I’d even be super happy if a majority of them did. Until then, I’ll savor this one a bit.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 01-21-2018 12:38 PM

I think that sums up how most us feel on any given project. I try to find projects that push my skill level and make me learn new techniques and expand my skills into areas where I don’t know what I’m doing. There is so much to learn.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-22-2018 02:16 AM

Take it! You did the job right, credit is due. One thing I like about carving wood is that I can hide a ton of mistakes. One thing I noticed- and it’s not a knock on her, she’s a ton more talented than I am- I have Lora Irish’s book on carving wood spirits. The Grape Leaf Man in the tutorial is not “exactly” like the picture on the cover. Seeing this released me from being overly concerned about what the ideal looks like and what I end up with. Nobody is going to know what you intended, when you are done. Keep yer trap shut and don’t point out the mistakes!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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