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10-21-2019 12:15 AM

I swear some days I can’t even make a bird house. Everything I touch turns to junk. I’m a menace. Best to just get outa there and do something else for a while. Do you have days like this?

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#1 posted 10-21-2019 12:27 AM

yes. That’s when I clean, or make something for the shop. I don’t throw away as much wood as I used to, as long as I’m not bleeding too bad, it’s a good day.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#2 posted 10-21-2019 12:38 AM

yeah but mine happens when ive worked too long and am getting tiered,then i know it’s time to call it.but some days nothing goes right,i think all woodworkers have those days.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 10-21-2019 01:06 AM

All the time. I get paralyzed by mistakes. Sometimes a project will sit for months before I go back to it.
Measure 3 times and still cut it to short. Cut the bevel the wrong way.
Get back in the shop and push through it.

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#4 posted 10-21-2019 01:47 AM

Usually when I start making big mistakes that’s when I call it a day because it usually just gets worse from there. Seems like some days the wood gods are on your side most other days it seems like they’re just pointing and laughing at you.

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#5 posted 10-21-2019 08:41 AM

A phrase that often revolves around in my head as I am working:

It doesnt have to be perfect, it just has to be DONE!

Then there is that other one, when I have a really crucial operation to perform:

OK, watch me mess this up!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#6 posted 10-21-2019 09:17 AM

You are certainly not alone. I do have those days at times as well. Jst do something else for a while… it’s good to have other hobbies…

”It doesnt have to be perfect, it just has to be DONE!”
That is very true for me too. It helps to repeat that to oneself… and my wife now starts saying that to me, too…

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#7 posted 10-21-2019 11:40 AM

+1 – Hairy – those are the days when I clean and organize the shop.

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

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#8 posted 10-21-2019 11:56 AM

Bio rhythms. Some days my brain is about 15 degrees out of sync with the rest of my body. It comes and goes on something of a regular basis and it’ll get back into a proper rhythm. Meanwhile, I clean the shop, read a book or occupy myself with things that don’t require a lot of hand-eye coordination or patience. Athletes experience this and golfers, especially, know all about it.

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#9 posted 10-21-2019 12:48 PM

I spend those days crafting new “Murphy’s Laws” rules.

1. If you only have one and drop it, it is lost forever. If you have two, never happens.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#10 posted 10-21-2019 01:55 PM

Yeah best to walk away and come back a different day. I find those days are also the most likely to have an accident or near accident as well. So over the years have learned to just take the dogs for a walk or watch tv or something. Try again the next day or weekend etc. Ironically it usually actually saves time and money overall.

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#11 posted 10-21-2019 02:28 PM

I’m a beginner and it turns out I’m more of one than I first thought. I’m still looking forward to my first good day in the shop. Exceedingly depressing.

My screen name was intended as a joke, but it may be that my dream of building things is the real joke.

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#12 posted 10-21-2019 03:28 PM

Like you that’s when I call it a day.

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#13 posted 10-21-2019 06:54 PM

My screen name says it all. #IAMAKLUTZ

If I don’t make at least 1 dumb mistake every time I work in shop, get worried that the next shop day I will lose a digit or limb. I buy band-aids by case, and always buy 50% more wood than project needs. I expect to get cut, splinters, and waste wood; admitting I am klutz helps me to avoid being disappointed when stuff happens.

IMHO – Quality wood working is more about perseverance towards a goal, than expecting world class skills with very little practice. Best part is once you push through all the ‘bad’ days; something useful, cool, or maybe even gorgeous appears in the end.


-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#14 posted 10-21-2019 07:16 PM

Most of the projects I see require dedication, perseverance, concentration, inspiration and energy. But we live in a world of instant gratification and YouTube videos of how easy it is to do “X”. Fortunately I’m retired and choose my own schedule, level of challenges, etc.
Retirement! I highly recommend it. But until you can retire, relax! Take a break!

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#15 posted 10-21-2019 07:28 PM

I think guys that do woodworking for a living have their bad days like the rest of us. They are just better at covering up mistakes. Unless one has the patience of Job or a Zen Buddhist, it is natural to make mistakes. When we multitask, not everything gets the same attention needed, so nothing will be 100% perfect. You just got to live with the imperfections of being human.

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