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Forum topic by woodetal posted 11-13-2019 04:38 PM 220 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2019 04:38 PM

So, this must be something that occurs to us all at some point in time. Starting a project and other projects interrupt and weeks, months and years pass before the project is finished. Back when I had my dream shop that I planned and enjoyed all of the heated 1,500+ square feet, I cut all the pieces to a Stickley style Morris chair in a few hours one weekend. Two full moves later and an admitted @14 years later, I just stained the chair with the matching ottoman. Not to the upholstery shop yet, but getting there. All I can say is life got in the way. Multiple projects, big, small, complicated and simple intervened. The parts were bundled together, dry fit and essentially waiting for glue for that 14 years. When I finally final sanded and glued up, the chair sat in the shop/garage for a year. I do see the end in sight. The project was solid “B” work, not my best. Some of the tenons on the spindle sides of the chair are at best “OK.” I just wanted to get through the build and move on. So, the continuity of the project was lost. And, I do miss my shop…14 plus years later. Best.

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#1 posted 11-13-2019 05:59 PM

So true; life gets in the way of plans. “Best laid plans of mice and men”

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#2 posted 11-13-2019 06:22 PM

Yes, that happens to me too. Countless projects planned in my head, many are already drawn out, some have started and have been abandoned. Usually, it’s life that gets in the way, just as you said. But oftentimes I also just loose a bit of interest, or get distracted by a new project. And occasionally that started project just doesn’t make sense anymore, but it is too hard to rip it up again, so it gets some permanent spot in the basement until an idea comes along.

My father just recently said “You are like me, son, you need two lives to get all the projects done that you have planned.” Quite right. Maybe I need even more than two.

Maybe we should start a thread of abandoned projects, and encourage each other to finish them?

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#3 posted 11-13-2019 07:11 PM

Yes, unfortunatly it still does. In the metal working trade for forty years, standing on my feet on concrete floors for up to sixty hours a week. Didn’t do my feet or back any favors. I’ve had surgery on both, but am still in pain. Even now being retired, I Can’t put as much time as I’d like on my feet.

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