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  • i only work on one thing at a time till finished

    8 13.11%
  • i work on more than one to use all aviable time

    24 39.34%
  • i work on many and finish some, with alot left partially done

    27 44.26%
  • i try to finish all open projects as soon as poossible

    5 8.20%
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Thread: work flow

  1. #1
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    work flow

    Ok toni, made a post latly that got me thinking rare occurence i know.. but after re reading it i had to question my practices..so i have started this poll to see what the rest of the family do. pros to begineers alike. and post your reasoning for your methode or practice.
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    Every room in my house, the exterior of the house, the back yard, front yard, and both side yards, and my church - every one has at least one unfinished project. As for the shop, I've lost count. Does Betty Ford accept chronic non-completers?
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    Yup, I've got at least 3 projects in various stages of completion right now.

    I tend to bounce around from one to one as my perceived priorities change...
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    Woodworking: I only do one project at a time, for one I have to finish it and don't want to get side tracked by doing something else. Even if I am waiting for finish to dry or something I don't start another project until the one is all finished and top coats on. Then I have to clean and straighten everything up before I will go onto something else. If I have major household projects going on then I don't do woodworking.

    Household: More than one at a time, will do "most" of the project but might not finish up small details until later. Example, put new flooring in downstairs living area, but didn't finish the new quarter round because we needed to start living in it again. I started a bath remodel when I still need to do that quarter round.
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    do you feel that yu get more done by having more than one going at a time. i understand the down time when glue is drying, but usually yu can be doing another part of it during that time. in my situtaion now, i had a deadline of sorts that i am tryun to meet, i also have another project thats on deck and i have the stock ready to be used. but to stop on the bed and go to a cabinet is taking away from the time spent to get the bed done so thus far i have stayed at the bed. but toni's idea of gettin a fresh thought pattern, made me question my practices..right now it would be to easy to drop the curvy stuff and go to a flat and square type job. one of less thinkun and more doin,
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  6. #6
    Being a creative and crafty type... I tend to have many things going on at once and at varying states of imcompletedness (Yes that is a word I just made it up). The cause of them not being finished could be that I don't have what I need to finish it, I got frustrated with it, its too cold to work in *my* workshop space and I'm not willing to give my kitchen up to the stained glass again, I got an order that needed to get done so I set what I was doing aside, I saw something twinkly out of the corner of my eye and moved on to play with that instead, just plain don't wanna... etc..... at current the list looks something like this:
    • 100" knotted pearl and citrine necklace to go with my purple fair garb
    • shelf I designed to hold all my little jars of mineral makeup
    • pink ivory hair fork
    • stained glass dragonflies
    • abstract design stained glass piece
    • knitted scarf
    • skirt for fair
    • hand sewn calico crazy quilt
    • wire crystal and gem cornucopia bracelet
    • website


    I know there is more but that is all I can come up with at the moment. That doesn't include all of the projects that I got materials for that I haven't even started yet, or beads I have put specifically together to make a jewelry piece but haven't gotten around to doing more with it yet.
    On the one hand you could look at this list and say "goodness, that woman can't seem to finish anything she starts!" which can certainly be a problem. Some times I just plain lose my creative flow and get stuck.
    But another thing you could consider is that I have so many different interests that I am able to move from one thing to the next each time I get bored or frustrated with something.... and then go back to that initial thing when I am in a better head space to be working on that kind of piece.
    I do find it helps to have deadlines though
    You see.... if most of that stuff up there was for specific clients, it would already be finished.... hmmm...maybe I need to set some deadlines for myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    right now it would be to easy to drop the curvy stuff and go to a flat and square type job. one of less thinkun and more doin,
    If you are *currently* not enjoying making the bed, whether it is because it is something you are not used to, or it is taking too long to see real progress or whatever, it might be helpful for you to go ahead and make something that you are good at, that you can get results relatively quickly from.

    I am a firm believer that the gratification you get from a finished piece almost always helps put your head in a better place to get other things done that you may or may not see the results of for quite some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Every room in my house, the exterior of the house, the back yard, front yard, and both side yards, and my church - every one has at least one unfinished project. As for the shop, I've lost count. Does Betty Ford accept chronic non-completers?
    My name is Royall I am a non-completer.

    Just wish I could do the projects I want right now rather than the one I have to do now..

    It takes the fun out of woodworking when you start doing it for money. I start feeling guilty if I work on anything but the paying job, and there are some other things I'd like to be doing like learning how to make something on the lathe.

    I do have several things that should be done/finished in the house. When you build it yourself it seems you are never truly finished.
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    I will join the club here of the incompleters. I think there are several reasons not in any priority order.

    • funds. Depending on your personality and planning, I think many people start a project without thinking through exactly what it is going to cost. I know if I did I would not start many. So I think you start then get to a stage where the sunk cost is getting to high for comfort. It becomes hard when you see the comaprative cost of other items. I think then you have to resolve your reason for doing it is for the doing not the item itself.
    • creative will, I dont believe this is something one can turn on and off. I have argued all my life in business that the development or R&D departement is a creative one and you cannot always schedule items to come out on time as if it were a production line.
    • sometimes when you are learning something or trying something new it helps to get away from it and give it a break. This lets the subconcious catch up and help resolve issues. Have you not heard of the saying I will sleep on it before making a big decision?
    • tools and jigs. I hate having to stop and make a jig to finish something. Or find out I dont have a basic tool. When I first started out, just not having a grinder and stones to sharpen a chisel was frustrating. So I feel for the guys who struggle through that.
    • Take after my dad. He frustrated me with odd things we did around the house and us never getting to really finish them. But I think I understand more of the reasons now I am in his shoes.
    Thats my 5 cents for what its worth.
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    I'm getting better at finishing projects. My wife used to tease me that I was affraid of completion. Usually I get as much as a project done as I can with the time/resources available and come back to it. Usually it's when I get to the finishing stage, it's not my strong suit. I keep saying that I'm going to find a local shop to do the finish work on my projects, but is usually a while between them, so it hasn't happened yet.
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