A bit of a rant… about woodworking, but moreso about the mid-project crisis.
I’m in Grid-Lock about moving forward; or taking some time away from this project (I’ve already shelved the project once, for a special-request project).
I’ve taken-on a rocking chair project. I’ve purchased the excellent tutorials (DVD and the PDF versions) and there are paper-based templates outlines which are important for first-time efforts. These are expertly done, and immeasurably helpful.
Then there is the additional equipment I need for a project like this (a wood sculpting project, not casework): right angle grinder – and the assortment of carbide cutters and sanding disks, router-bits (about $75), a router collet extension, and an assortment of this-and-that (for example, I needed to build a cross-cut sled for the TS).
So, there is this financial commitment duly made – and I’m not begrudging this one bit; and the learning curve of safely and effectively using a right-angle grinder.
Going into this, I know this project is well-beyond my current skillset and fully expecting it to illicit equal amounts of pleasure, pain, frustration, and angst, I move onward…
I’m past the mid-point in the build, and, as of yesterday, had not made an unrecoverable error – having taken small steps, double-checked at each point – living the ‘measure-twice-cut-once’ doctrine; working slowly though bandsawing 10-degrees cants here, 6-degree cants there, 4-degree cants for this; 4 Maloof-style joints, plus fashioning an array of large and small-scale jigs and forms to facilitate something.
And you ask yourself – have I tried to cross a bridge too far?
The unrecoverable error today simply means that I remake two parts: a bit of work, given all of the related moving parts; but it’s not really these two parts that have me in a quandary.
I need time away from this one. Evidently, they’ll have to be Christmas presents, rather than for birthdays.
Within this, I tip my hat to individuals who have mastered these skills; and for anyone who takes on projects that are clearly beyond their current grasp, simply because they ARE beyond their current grasp – immense admiration from my part.