I, like you, have fallen victim to New Years resolution failure. Gym memberships and the like have come and gone. At one point I decided I would be a vegetarian but the delicious draw of ham is just too powerful. So, I don’t make resolutions anymore. I have tried to make goals instead. We use goals a lot at my job and I hate the process, the definition of SMART goals take up brain cells that should be devoted to obscure Star Wars facts or AC/DC lyrics. But the goals I write about here are different. I feel that I continue to take steps in my journey to a mediocre woodworker and there are certain things I want to make sure I accomplish this coming year:
Finish the two in-process projects: I need to finish the small wall cabinet for my dad, you know, the one I started like a year ago. I have found it a very rewarding but slow project. This is the first on the list. Second is that stupid workbench, you know, the one I started like two years ago. It will be awesome when I get it done but, as I have written previously, it just is not the type of project that gets me super motivated. I need to overcome that and get it done. I am hoping to start another project at some point after those two are done. It feels like woodworking is an endless universe of things I want to try. Boxes, spoons, green wood projects, tool chest, etc. etc. etc… However, in the never ending war for my free time home improvement time continues to soundly defeat woodworking time. So I need to choose wisely in what I build next. Probably a piece of furniture, end table maybe, for the home. Something I would see everyday.
End piece of workbench be like “don’t forget about me!”
Improve sawing technique: I still suck at sawing. As a result I tend to stay far off my line, which costs more time in cleaning up the cut. The cure is to get less sucky at sawing.
Design design design: I am fascinated by the process of design. I have developed an eye for what I like and what I don’t like. I will often see furniture that just look too clunky to me, but I do not have enough of an eye to determine why it’s clunky to me and where I would make changes. With the aforementioned bitched-about lack of woodworking time it’s not like I can build a bunch of stuff, but it doesn’t mean I can’t take time to design and draw out concepts that would at least help me develop my “style.” Enjoy that double negative, btw.
So, here’s to a New Year with new goals and new (and old) projects and skill development!