Learning to Speed Up and Get It Done

As a hobbyist woodworker I had all the time in the world to get a project done.  This often meant every project turned into an exercise in getting it "just a little more perfect".  When you want to make products for sale, that doesn't always work out too well.  I've had to start retraining myself to get the project done as I originally intended to build it.  That means not constantly adding features as I go (a classic problem from my days in the programming business).  

To this end I took the new linkage hinge design and went from stock to a  finished piece in 3 days.  This means you have to work fast and be sure of yourself.  At no time does it mean you should work sloppy.  I used mitered corners on the box with miter keys - I still strove to make them tight fitting and good looking.  It still means sanding through all the appropriate grits.  But it also means that I didn't decide to create a marquetry top or to add feet or put in some other design change.

I have to keep the design work for the between project times - when I'm working on something new.  I will continue to do a lot of this.  I will update my designs, get better at activities and continue to make changes that lead to better pieces.  

The oil just went on the new linkage lid box (I always love this part, when the wood finally shows it's true glory).  I'll have a 3 day wait for it to dry fully before doing some poly coats.  Since it'll be brutally cold here in the North East PA I guess that's a good time to work on new design drawings inside!

Posted on February 18, 2015 .