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Question Of The Week... ( 2018 week 8)

Discussion in 'Contests, Swaps, Giveaways, Member Meetups etc.' started by ripjack13, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. ripjack13

    ripjack13 ɹǝʇɹɐqpooʍ Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Full Member Thread Starter

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    What are your strategies for becoming a better woodworker?





    **Rules**
    There is no minimum post requirement,
    primates, woodticks and leprechauns are welcome to post an answer.
    And of course the :old: and sawbones too.
     
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  2. steve bellinger

    steve bellinger Member Full Member

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    Not being afraid to try new things and not harping over the mistakes that I know will come, from trying new things.
     
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  3. Sprung

    Sprung Amateur Sawdust Maker Full Member

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    Keep doing - I notice myself improving with each piece I build. I try to take some time with each project to assess how I did on it, what I did well, in what areas have I shown improvement, in what areas do I need to focus some work, and what did I royally mess up.

    For example, on the bookcase that I'm just wrapping up the finish on, I'm overall quite happy with the results. But I've noticed a few things I could have done better or things I didn't notice earlier on in the build that caused me a problem later on or things I should have focused just a little bit more time/effort/precision/detail/etc on. I will try to keep those things in mind working on future projects.
     
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  4. Steve Walker

    Steve Walker Expert Lurker Full Member

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    Practice, practice, practice....
    And don't fear trying new things OR failures.
     
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    CWS Member Full Member

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    Evaluate each project when completed and be open to constructive opinions from your peers.
     
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  6. Nature Man

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    Carving out more time is the first key ingredient. Researching and asssessing what tools, materials, and knowledge is of high priority at the early stages. This would include drawing out specific plans for the project, depending on complexity. Then acquiring specific materials and tools. Then staying on task to completion, which probably is the 2nd hardest thing in the entire process. Chuck
     
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  7. Karl_99

    Karl_99 Member Full Member

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    Taking on more small projects outside of pen making. In answering one of the recent questions, I posted that I was nervous using a table saw. This past Thursday, I took the 3 hour Table Saw 101 class at Woodcraft. It was fantastic and just what I needed to gain confidence and understanding about the safe use of it.
     
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  8. John Brock

    John Brock Member Full Member

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    Get your ego and desire to complete the project out of your mind.
    This is a hobby, not a profession.
    When some operation or process doesn't work out like you thought it would, or resulted in an unexpected problem, stop.
    Carefully evaluate the issue with an open mind and clear eyes; as if it was not your project in the first place.
    Sometimes you will be too tired to fully think it through.
    Sleep on it and let the answers come to you.
     
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  9. woodtickgreg

    woodtickgreg scroll, flat, spin Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member

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    The biggest thing for me is just finding the time to get back in the shop. Right now work is there and I'm taking all I can get because experience has taught me that it wont last so you better take it while it is there. But things will eventually slow down, they always do, and the shop and wood will be there for me.
     
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  10. Lou Currier

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    Doing and going beyond my comfort zone. Can’t be afraid to try something new otherwise you will never increase skills. Learn from others and be open to constructive feedback.
     
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  11. Lou Currier

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    My nemesis is the router...wish there was someplace close that I could do a class but places like woodcraft are too far.
     
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  12. Blueglass

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    To keep all my digits.
     
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  13. Spinartist

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    There a new woodworking school in Tampa!! I have info at my studio.
     
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    Hang out with folks who know what I want to learn.
     
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  15. David Van Asperen

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    Time in the shop---oh I need a shop with enough space to work on projects.
    Then I will see what I can do, will need to dust off all my skills ( ok skill ) as I have not had much of any time spent on a project that requires much if any talent. So up the game and try some new things maybe even the lathe.
    Dave
     
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