Question Of The Week... (2020 week 42)

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This week's QotW comes from our fellow WB member, @FranklinWorkshops

What is the one skill you wish you could develop that would take your woodworking projects to the next quality level?



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What did I miss?
 

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Patience (the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.)
and the ability to stop dropping everything I touch, LOL
 

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To draw, I cant draw, never have been able to. I can draft drawings with scales and rules and such. Bit I wish I could free hand draw, it's just not something that is in me. I can make fix or build anything. I just cant draw or have the ability to carve something. I envy people that have that talent.
 

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I have never mastered the hand plane, or mastered how to set it up properly to use, I've tried a few times and gave up, I don't do a lot of traditional woodworking so it has never been a top priority, but it still vexes me...
 

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Joinery. Pulled out my joinery book today and studied all the ways to put boards together. Complex to say the least! I would like to get a grip on the types of joinery that I might practically use in the days ahead. Chuck
 

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One skill - you give me too much credit, I can think of a half dozen.

I'm like Greg, I can't draw, but can draft with the best. That is probably why I have a hard time visualizing (and using) various embellishments such as color, texture and carvings. Not just for lathe work, I also agonize over edge profiles and other details on flat work. When I see it, I know wether it works or not, but have to have it in front of me.
 

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Sharpening.
I've known of folks who can sharpen any kind of blade, scissors, knife, gouge, chisel, wheel, and gizmo anybody's ever heard of. Even with the best equipment, there's a learning curve with potentially expensive risk if approached incorrectly. Still, I want to be that guy.
Say, if you aren't using that Tormek in the back, forgotten corner of your shop...
 

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I can certainly think of more than one!

But, if I had to choose just one - joinery. I've got a lot of furniture items on my list of upcoming builds over the next several years.
 

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making the 30 hour day so I could get more done. Plenty to learn but there will never be enough time
 

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I could easily say, what everyone else above me said, but I will say more knowledge of finishes. I think most of my projects have a decent finish, but I always wonder, is there something I could have done different, that would make them even better. For flat work, it is always dust issues because I don't have a good place to add finishes without introducing dust to the process.
 

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Patience.....especially in finishing. I hurry too much and to take my work to the next level, I need to have more patience and learn more about finishes (as others have said). Great list; I put a lot of checkmarks on the above.
 
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