WT255 – Are We Proud of the Things We Make?

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On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition” we’re talking about the early days of our woodworking careers and how long it took before we were actually proud of the things we made.

This topic is inspired by an email from Nathan:

I’ve been woodworking for about two years now, and I’ve built maybe four or five major projects, including a desk, a workbench, a tool chest, and several other smaller ones. I am yet to be fully satisfied or “proud” with anything I’ve built. My wife and other family members marvel at my abilities, but all I see when I look at my projects are all the flaws and things I could have done better. Am I just being too hard on myself, or is this a usual feeling when starting out? I know that I could rebuild the projects I’ve done and make them even better, but time and money won’t allow it for now.

How about you?

Do you think you suck? Are you proud of the things you make?

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4 Responses to “WT255 – Are We Proud of the Things We Make?”

  1. Nathan, I haven’t been wood working that much longer than you. We all make mistakes, even long time wood workers. Knowing how to repair them so they are less obvious is one of the differences between a newbie and an experienced wood worker. Even if you’re a wood working prodigy there is still a learning curve. When I make something I usually try to incorporate something I haven’t tried before. Sometimes it turns out good and sometimes, not so much. It’s good that you can recognize the mistakes that you have made and can then work on improving on them. Be kind to yourself and have fun.

  2. Thanks for answering my question! I feel so much more motivated to woodwork now. Gonna try not to be so hard on myself. Thank you!

  3. 2 things:
    1. the Schwarz had a blog post where he said he makes something and focuses on everything that’s wrong with it. Then the family starts living with the piece and he comes to accept it as is. That helped me accept the stuff I build as it is.
    2. I quit asking myself if I’m proud of something. Now I ask if I’m happy with it. That doesn’t leave me competing with the entire world.

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