Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #113: Kicking Excuses to the Curb

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Blog entry by retired_guru posted 03-29-2020 01:04 PM 329 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a month since my last post, and unlike previous lengthy periods between posts, this time it’s because of diligent effort to re-organize the dungeon workshop. As of this writing, I’m close to 90% complete, that being really ‘almost done’, to where I can say all my tools, supplies, and equipment, are put away with some hope of finding everything when needed. The North room off the main workspace makes up the bulk of that 10 percent when I get there. Fortunately, it’s an area that doesn’t need to be tamed for the workshop to be where I need and want it to be.

I’m sure most of you have experienced the ‘sliding puzzle’ problem, where you have a finite space that is smaller than all the contents within, and therefore you must ‘slide’ the excess around as you work to find the means to neatly pack everything in its place. Last summer, when I came to realize I wasn’t going to be a hopeless cripple, I made important changes in the way I viewed my existence. Procrastination, and can’t, were put on notice, and since then I’ve been kicking both to the curb at every possible opportunity, and with extreme prejudice. Once the winter arrived, the last open project completed, I focused my time in the dungeon solely on re-organizing. I built simple cabinets from the over-abundance of marketing paneling I acquired for free from a local Big Box Store. I made every attempt to incorporate the stockpile of lumber on hand before buying materials, all of which has to be gone before our relocation to a new home in the near future. And as I started off, I’d get one small section of the workshop organized, to end up making a mess in 9 other places around the shop. It’s been frustrating, but you know over time, subtly at first, it becomes apparent that the mess made becomes smaller in size with each new project completed. I guess that has been the best true sign of progress for me, and it has pushed me forward when I have felt overwhelmed and wanted to quit.

I plan on posting several pics of the results when I reach that magic ‘90 percent’. No point doing so until I do. Should be soon, though, as early as next week or the week after. I have a time table to adhere to. It won’t be long before the weather allows for the dungeon to be vented to the outside while bringing in fresh air. That will be the time to start work on home renovations, furniture making, and finding all manner of notion on how best to use up all the scraps that have been multiplying in the dungeon since last fall. For once, it’s a race I think I can win. Take that, Procrastination. Can’t is no longer a part of my vocabulary.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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