September 17, 2017

Make every project as if it’s the last one the world will ever see from you

As with every woodworker, I have a to do list that is way too long and is ever growing. I’m always thinking about the 2-3 projects ahead of the one I’m currently working on. I feel rushed and wanting to get each one done as fast as I can. But something happened 2 weeks ago, not sure why or how but I found myself slowing down, working on the saw till I’m building for the shop.

It’s nothing fancy, just a cabinet to hold my saws. I will have pictures of the completed till later this week, hopefully. It’s not perfect and there are places where the router hit some interlocking grain and jumped a little, which I would’ve caught if I weren’t thinking about the other projects. The wood also isn’t perfect and I really like that. I filled the knots and left them in the piece. It was on the back panel, putting the bead on one of the panels, that I started to slow down and enjoy the moment.

That’s when I decided to just enjoy the process of building a piece and not think of the other pieces waiting to be built. I decided to start making every project as if it’s the last one the world will ever see from me. It will be a trade off of building more and “enjoying less” or building less and enjoying it more. I am not to going to be so rigid with a design anymore, I’m going to be flexible as I work. If I’m in the middle of building a piece and it calls out for something, a bead, a piece of moulding, or an inlay, I will stop and do it.

That’s what happened when I slowed down with the saw till, not that a lot got added because it was almost done. I’m adding hangers for dovetail and carcass saws to the sides of the cabinet, shaped for those specific tools. I had ordered hinges that I loved, and am taking the time now to get screws that have the look and quality I want. These aren’t big changes, but they’re an example of I am thinking about my work differently now.

My next major project that I will be posting about is going to be adding cabinets under my bench. In a small shop, every square foot of floor space is valuable, so my English style tool chest needs to be moved out of the shop. I was planning on a month for this build, but now I have no idea long it will take with this new adopted philosophy. But I’ll have a lot more fun in the process!

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