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Thread: Woodworking perfection

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN

    Woodworking perfection

    I have never achieved what I consider perfection in any of my woodworking endeavors, and I probably never will. I consider myself more of a wood hack than a woodworker.

    From when I first started in this great past time till now my skill set has improved greatly. However on every project I do I always see things that I could have done better.

    99% of the things I make I give away to friends or make as gifts. No one ever points out the flaws. Many times I'll show them what I consider to be a flaw and they will say "I wouldn't have noticed that unless you showed it to me". I've stopped doing that.

    Are we our own worst critic? Does anyone else have this affliction? Has anyone ever achieved what they consider perfection?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    I'm waiting to be perfect until this world is perfect. I mean, why waste perfect in an unperfect world.

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    I know exactly what it is you are talking of. I have the same affliction.
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    I know exactly what it is you are talking of. I have the same affliction.
    It's an epidemic, I'm sure of it.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Alex, we've seen your work and we know you have the other affliction, the one of achieving perfection and perceiving defects....
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash

  6. #6
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    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    We're all our own worst critics. I look at jobs I do and can show you all my monday morning and friday afternoon work. all the flaws that drive me nuts but no one else seems to notice. (the ones that others would see I wouldnt leave....) but little things like a joint not quite right or a reveal a little off on a door. None of us are perfect but I think our mind's eye sees what it "should" look like and we get frustrated with ourselves when we dont quite acheive it..... That is the part of you that shows you take pride in your work and are always endeavoring to improve. someone who doesnt see their flaws and mistakes should find a different hobby or line of work imho

  7. #7
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    I can make a perfect mess of my shop in mere minutes, other than that, not even close!

  8. #8
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    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Reid View Post
    It's an epidemic, I'm sure of it.
    Let me clarify. I have made sooo many mistakes I feel I am actually learning something.

  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I've made a few things that I've been extremely happy with, but I don't think I've ever made anything that didn't have at least one thing I could have done better.

    I always figured the biggest difference between a player and a performer is that the performer can cover his mistakes, whereas a player just lets them stay.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  10. #10
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    John, You took the words right out of my mouth. I think I spend more time trying to find a way to get around a little mistake than building the project.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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