I’m sure we all, as woodworkers, have grown impatient when a project takes a little longer than we thought it would.
“I could probably build this lathe within the week!”. Yeah. Turns out…
Here is a list of all the shop time-sinks I can think of right now:
- learning a new technique
- tool maintenance and oiling
- repairing damage or errors
- waiting for items to be mailed/trips to a store
- redesign (the curse of trial and error…)
But when the going gets long, and the end product slips further down the calendar, I remind myself of why I am doing this in the first place. It isn’t for a payment and it is not due to a demand for my furniture.
This is my escape and my chance to create. This is my man-cave of brawn and contemplation.
Heck, maybe I’ll even go a little slower and savour the shavings.
And all is well with the world.