Spoken Wood Podcast No. 157

September 22, 2011

Today’s episode was written and recorded for us by Marc Spagnuolo of The Wood Whisperer. It’s titled “The Fine Art of Slowing Down” and was originally posted August 8, 2011.

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  1. Jack says:

    I hate it when such common sense and rational information sounds ‘new’ gain 8P

  2. Neil says:

    I’m not sure the premise of “slowing down” is correct.

    Actually working wood is more about learning how to work the material, finding your strengths and figuring out an individual efficient routine which will “speed up” your building experience. If for instance you find you make a lot of case goods: dining and bedroom cabinets, you will find and preferr the perfect size bar clamp length that will “speed up” your efficiency, may I suggest a 30″ length cut at a big box store.

    With all due respect, as for moving a piece of furniture up to my second floor only to carry and possibly damage the piece to finish the finish will really slow you down. I also know better than to ask my better half if I can cut my finish with mineral spirits in the house. Yeah I may pull out wax, but cutting with liquid in the house is awfully dangerous without drop clothes,etc. For the hobbiest their is plenty of time for the shop to settle and the finish to cure in order to finish the job where it belongs, in the shop.

    To each his own I guess.

  3. Marc says:

    Neil, I’m afraid you might have missed the message of this post and focused a little too much on the title. You are confusing the concept of slowing down with “being inefficient”. I am certainly not promoting inefficiency. Instead, I am suggesting people slow down in the areas they typically rush. I don’t think anyone can argue with benefits of being more efficient.

    And since you touched on efficiency, that pertains to your second point. If someone has a small shop, its can be very inefficient to work around a finished piece while it cures. And leaving it in the shop while you move on to another project certainly risks damaging it. Now obviously if you have a large piece of furniture, common sense dictates that you are going to finish it in the shop and when it leaves, its not coming back. But for smaller pieces, this process makes a lot of sense and also allows you to move onto your next project without damaging the previous one.

    And I definitely should have clarified that if you mineral spirits is fine if you are smoothing the finish in the shop, but the other two liquids I mentioned (water and mineral oil) would be perfectly fine indoors.

  4. Neil says:

    Interesting……..I’m not a be slower or be faster worker but more about being “efficient” through the shop, which if you think about it has aspects of being quicker in some building tasks than others. So I see the where my focus went awry . I see it more as a learned approach.

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on moving the furniture, experience tells one that the less you move or distribute finished goods the better. I believe this gets back more to the role of the hobbyist, which brings me back to just letting the shop dust settle, the finish cure, and complete the piece as needed in the shop. I just can’t accept bringing a piece up the basement stairs only to bring it back down. I would think it’s rare that a hobbyist is in such a rush to need space immediately.

    Just as an add-in, those who do this for a living are working around white goods and finished goods all the time. If they are not, they are not making money. You learn not to bang the goods.

    You are right I have a different mind-set that conflicts.

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