What vexes you?

Article - November 26, 2007

This week’s question comes from Rock. He writes:

I’m curious to know if even after all these years of woodworking if there’s still an area of it that vexes you? Say a joinery method, a finishing technique, etc.?

And here was my reply:
“Hey Rock. I wouldn’t say anything in particular vexes me at this point. There are things I have yet to “master”, but its mainly due to a lack of trying. For instance, I would like to master the use of bench planes. But I probably never will since I rarely use them. Usually, the biggest obstacle I confront is my own laziness. Sometimes, I will make a stupid decision simply because I am in a rush. And believe it or not, this is something that many woodworkers fight on every project. Learning to slow down and give each part of the process the care it deserves is the real trick. So for me, its not a lack of skill/knowledge, but a tendency to fall short of the maximum quality I know I am capable of. ”


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