Is It Possible to Build a Flawless Project?

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07-20-2016 01:08 AM

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I never have…...

With each new project, I think to myself, “This is going to be the one.” The project that finally doesn’t have any flaws.

As my woodworking skills have developed, my project’s flaws are getting more and more minor—but they’re still there, and I know it.

So, what do you guys think? Is it possible to build a flawless project?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#1 posted 07-20-2016 01:35 AM

I think there is always going to be some minor flaw that one knows about their project. Always something that could have been a little better.

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 01:36 AM

Well – it depends. What’s your definition of flawless? You can get out a magnifying glass to find a defect, or you can step back and view it from a distance. Either definition is workable…

What works for me is if no one else can see a defect (not counting my oldest son – he tries too hard) it’s flawless.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 07-20-2016 01:36 AM


-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 07-20-2016 01:41 AM

Hey Dean, Most times for me it only looks flawless if I’m looking at someone else’s project. I’ve only been 100% satisfied with a few projects I have made; one being a Victorian Gazebo I built in 86 that had many compound miter cuts all so perfect to my amazement! With most projects tho I seem to think I could have done better after I’m finished. So it’s up to each one of us to decide if it’s perfect! Or perfect is in the eye of the beholder.

We sold this house and had to leave the Gazebo. :(

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 07-20-2016 01:46 AM

Great question, Dean !!!

I like to work on multiple project simultaneously. After I’ve planned them out, I jump from project to project, and part to part, in no particular order. After a while, I’ve forgotten what part goes where, and each part becomes a project in itself that I try to make flawless.

When I work that way, I never get bored, and I can congratulate myself at the end of the day for all the “flawless” projects I’ve completed.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 07-20-2016 01:52 AM


As you come closer, you’ll set the bar higher every time before the next project. It can be pursued, it cannot be achieved.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 07-20-2016 01:52 AM

No, because as your skills improve, so does your ability to see imperfection.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 07-20-2016 02:02 AM

No, but if you continue to strive for perfection your skill and workmanship will constantly improve to the point other people think its flawless. When you start to say awe hell that’s good enough then you’re just a half ass wanna be. Never stop trying to improve.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#9 posted 07-20-2016 02:06 AM

Are you trying to be a perfectionist?
Here’s my take on mistakes we make.
There is two kinds.
A slip of the hand.
And a slip of the mind.
Both happen naturally because we’re not perfect.As long as it not fatal to the project.(like chair missing a leg) Then it’s ok.
Sometimes people are attracted to imperfections.

-- Aj

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#10 posted 07-20-2016 02:12 AM

Not possible. Even if you did somehow make it perfect, it’s wood, it’s eventually going to display some wackadoodleness. The best masters of Japanese artwork introduce a flaw into their pieces on purpose, nothing is perfect.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#11 posted 07-20-2016 02:15 AM

No, because as your skills improve, so does your ability to see imperfection.

- bondogaposis

Couldn’t have said it better.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 07-20-2016 02:24 AM

Generally no, I don’t achieve a flawless project. I was going to say that I never make a flawless project, but there’s that word never. Thought about it and there has been a couple. They were so basic and I had made so many before hand so I guess there has been one. But as a rule my stuff always has a flaw somewhere.

But doesn’t tickle y’all just a little whenever there is someone sitting around watching you work, and you make a reject and have to start over only to hear that person wail “there wasn’t nothing wrong with that!”. But you know better.

I agree with Aj2. Sometimes I like the accidental imperfections. I think it adds character to the project.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#13 posted 07-20-2016 02:31 AM

If you make enough of something, you get good at it. The only time ‘one offs’ are perfect is when they’re good enuf!

I suppose with super detailed plans and unlimited lumber & time you might make a first time perfect but I doubt it.


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#14 posted 07-20-2016 02:40 AM

When you’re working with wood it’s improbable I didn’t say impossible because i’m still trying!

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#15 posted 07-20-2016 02:41 AM

That is really based on the individual. The longer I do this the more I expect from myself. I don’t know if what I expect and what I can achieve will ever be at the same point. But it keeps me trying to improve.

Just my ramblings.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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