Creative confusion?????

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Blog entry by Bob Rodrigues posted 01-22-2016 03:19 AM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was little my favorite toy was Lego building blocks. As I grew older I branched off into the automotive field, however the builder in me still lives. I now run into the dilemma of having such great idea’s come to me but once I get into the shop I forget everything. The other thing is being a dad of 2 great kids and A husband of 15 years the constant struggle with finances gets in the way of me having an unlimited budget to do what I love to do which is working with my hands. How does one get his idea’s in check & execute them. Any helpful idea’s I’m open to them.

-- Bob, Fall River, Ma

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 01-22-2016 03:51 AM

One thing I always remember my Dad telling me when I was growing up is that “If you want to do something bad enough you will find a way and the time to do it”.
That works for me Most of the time and there are certainly the distractions and interruptions of life…but for the most part his advice always stuck with me… and he was correct. I pick and choose what distractions are important and what distractions I say “no” to.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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David Taylor

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#2 posted 01-22-2016 04:12 AM

For not losing ideas, keep a couple of sketchbooks around. Don’t worry if you can’t draw – I can’t. Just a quick sketch, something to keep the thought around. Helps me a lot.

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#3 posted 01-22-2016 09:56 AM

Find a way to make sure that, once you get an idea, it is recorded immediately. It is a classic fault to think “that idea is great, i can remeber that”.
As David said, sketchbooks are a great way to go. Make sure to consider where – and when it is you get your ideas. Common places are in bed, the bathroom, in the car, and my favorite: in boring meetings. Have sketchbooks at all places that works for you. Some people like to use Pinterest for gathering inspiration on the web as well. Or a more creative tool like Evernote.

If you look around LJ people often show sketches that started the project and you will se that they are often just a couple of lines and scribbles – but enough to remember the idea. Here is a blog on how i dealt with a concept for a chair that came to me while sitting at the bonfire:

Another thing I have done is to make a list of all the things i would like to make in the workshop. Once started that list expanded to no less than 138 items, all of wich are real, practical things. A lot of them tools, kitchen gear and toys for smaller projects but allso a large portion of more substantial stuff (sofa, built in shelves, lounge chair). Great when lacking inspiration!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Bob Rodrigues

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#4 posted 01-22-2016 12:56 PM

Thank you for the words of wisdom. Never thought of a sketch pad. Thanks guys

-- Bob, Fall River, Ma

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Bob Rodrigues

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 02:29 AM

Just finished 3 of my cutting boards. Had a great idea for a lumber rack that was written down and sketched out on my sketch pad. So far have at least 3 projects going on in my sketch pad. Now will be how to execute them.

-- Bob, Fall River, Ma

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 04:24 AM

I had something to say but forgot what it was :)


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#7 posted 01-25-2016 02:52 PM

And it doesn’t have to be a big sketchpad. Small, pocket-size notepads can be found for cheap at WallyWorld or most any drugstore

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 01-25-2016 04:28 PM

And it doesn t have to be a big sketchpad. Small, pocket-size notepads can be found for cheap at WallyWorld or most any drugstore

- JoeinGa

I love these steno pads. I just keep notes to the end of the last page. I include everything from measurements to tools and supplies that I need to buy to project ideas and plans that I’m considering. When a particular note is no longer needed, I just stroke it off so that I don’t need to waste time looking at it when I’m looking for something else.

When enough on a page is stroked off, I organise and transcribe what’s left to a new page and I remove the old one. I also review the pads periodically and reorganise and purge old info. This helps me to set priorities and develop better plans.

As for the finances, there is a LOT of info on the web about woodworking on a small budget. As a start, check out Izzy Swan’s $50 Wood Shop series. With some inexpensive tools and free building materials you can inexpensively start to building your skills and experience.

BTW – welcome to LumberJocks.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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#9 posted 01-25-2016 04:41 PM

I like the notebooks that have the 1/4 in grid paper. You can use the grid lines to keep your text strait and they also give a helping hand to keep your sketches nice and neat. However, the most important thing is to actually work in your shop as often as you are able to.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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