I don’t know which I like more, the beginning, the middle, or the end of a project? That’s a lie! WITH A DOUBT I LOVE…THE BEGINNING!
The beginning of a project holds so much promise. Untouched lumber stacked in the shop, and an “as of yet” unchanged set of plans leaves me in an state of anticipation for how the materials will run through the machinery, and of course the inevitable textbook results of my ever-improving hand tool skills that yield perfectly cut, shaped and assembled components in no time.
In fact, they’ll be so perfect I’ll have to deliberately add a blemish or two to keep it from looking factory manufactured…right?
Of course, the reality of the situation is that I’ll start out strong. I’ll probably make a couple of miscuts (but nothing so horrible I can’t adjust the plans to compensate for it.)
Then about halfway into the build I’ll decide to make a couple of changes to help “speed up” the process and utilize what some might consider “untraditional joinery”, purely to help keep me on track with my expected timeline (which I’ll inevitably not adhere to anyways.)
As things begin to progress, and I can anticipate the end of the project approaching, I’m already feeling project fatigue kicking in.
The end of a project is a bittersweet time for me, and it’s not because I’m necessarily such a sentimental guy either. Quite honestly, as I get closer to wrapping up a build, I find myself feeling a little overwhelmed with all the little details I’ve been putting off or the ones that have to wait because they’re so crucial and I don’t want to somehow muck them up.
This usually involves something to do with the finish, or the hardware. But regardless of what it is, it’s the LONG LIST of small details and touch-up work that’s the bane of my existence in the woodshop.
Of course, as soon as the list is completed and the project is in its final location I’m ready to dive into the next project with all the zeal and gusto I felt previously…even though I know I’ll end up bogged down in this “end of project quagmire” again.
Maybe this is the woodworker’s version of “pregnancy amnesia?” My wife and her friends have described all the pain and discomfort they feel during pregnancy, but then are a glow in the idea of repeating it (well not Samantha thankfully…two is our cutoff.)
I told you mine, now which is your project timeline bane? The beginning, the middle, or the end?
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