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    Woodworking Questionnaire

    So I've been doing some exercises lately related to finding what things make one enjoy what they do.

    Most were questionnaires that made you think a bit about what you enjoyed about "____" and things you didn't enjoy. The part about what you enjoy usually was there to affirm that you were on the right track, the list about what you didn't enjoy was to get you to put them on paper. The last step was to simply ask you how you can overcome the things you didn't enjoy.

    So here is my questionnaire for you. Don't feel obligated to take it or feel like you need to post your answers, it's really just for your own use to perhaps get you to some enlightenment if you're struggling with any of these. If you find at the end that you really hate woodworking, please don't blame me.


    What drives you to do woodworking?

    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?

    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?

    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?

    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?

    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 10-09-2014 at 03:43 AM.
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    So here are mine...

    What drives you to do woodworking?

    • Keeping Momma happy
    • Necessity, can't buy what I want
    • Illusion that I can build cheaper than buying
    • Enjoy making things with my own hands
    • Teaching others
    • That I can do what so many friends and co-workers can't, sometimes seems like they are dumb or something. :-)


    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?


    • Lack of organization, mostly that I have to move things from my workbench to even work on small projects. My other counter top is stacked with screws, hardware, miscellaneous tools, etc.
    • Abundance of hobbies, feel like a jack of many trades, master of few or none.


    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?


    • I don't feel that is the issue, but sometimes it the case of you don't know what you don't know (i.e. having sharp tools or well maintained tools)


    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?

    • Lack of dust collection, allergies typically cause me some downtime after a day or two in the shop
    • Setup time, some tools are not on stands and setup is a hassle (lunch box planer)
    • Not being prepared to start a project.


    1. Not having detailed plans.
    2. Not having materials on hand.
    3. Not having hardware needed or knowing what hardware to use.
    4. Not allocating enough time to stick with a project until completion.


    • Sanding, Allergies and worn tools
    • Finish work, Lack of experience usually results in me ruining my hard work.


    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?


    • Building some storage cabinets, but more simply getting some shelving and plastic shoe boxes to clear off my bench would help.
    • Either I need to drop some hobbies or re-prioritize my time. I have many nights that I end up in the shop, but the brain either goes blank or gets overwhelmed with the list of things I could do. I wonder if a simple white board with a list of items on it to remind me where I left off or what things I have to get done yet would help. I started maintaining one in Evernote to keep a list of miscellaneous things that need repair around the house. It's helped when I'm at the hardware store, can look to see if I need parts or hardware for any of them to move them along.


    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?

    • Have started getting dust collection setup, using it on my table saw mostly, but have bought pipe and fittings to expand the use of it.
    • Want to start building some cabinets for some of my portable tools, perhaps the flipping table type to have multiple tools on the same tool cabinet. My FIL is also giving up woodworking, considering buying some of his larger tools to replace ones that aren't as good of quality and cause extra work to use (snipe and cut quality).
    • Started using Evernote to organize my projects, create check and part lists to be sure I have things on hand. Working on my sketchup skills to catch issues prior to getting part way through a project then finding them.
    • Been reviewing my tools, making notes (in Evernote) about things that need to be addressed. Worn tools that need to have new parts ordered or to be replaced.
    • Need to find a local class for doing finish work or fly out and spend some time working in Dave's shop.

    Darren

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    What drives you to do woodworking?

    stress management.

    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?

    lack of free time.

    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?

    none.

    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?

    none

    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?

    other than quitting my job, but i'm sure the wife would have something to say about that....

    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?

    find more time somehow....
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    what drives me to woodworking?

    It just happened the day I refused to pay for a set of Adirondack chairs in late 2006.
    Since I retired, its an enjoyable hobby.


    what things prevent me from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?

    Mainly, its health reasons.
    Then there are just days when theres no motivation, and I don't know why.

    Do techniques keep me from enjoying woodworking?

    I don't know until I confront them.

    what things do I not enjoy about working in the wood shop?

    lack of space, and again, when my body is telling me it isn't happy that day, as in something hurts.

    reviewing my answers, and things that prevent me or getting motivated in the shop, what steps I can take to overcome some of these.

    Not sure, cant answer this, other than maybe move to a larger home with a larger shop space (isn't happening), and taking more advil.
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    What drives you to do woodworking?
    i have always enjoyed working with wood since i was a kid, but job stress got me back into it again to a higher degree
    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?
    generally its having other commitments that need to be done or if a project is in the works then the amount of time available to work in given day affects a start up..it doesnt make sence to set up only to have to shutdown right after.
    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?
    not really, but they do take longer and hold me back till i feel comfortable with it.
    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?
    the projects that i have agreed to do and the time i estimated to do them is way off, so i am working for free, i usually get threw it fairly quick, another thing is when i drop a piece or make a mistake due to hurrying or not thinking it threw properly. and the worst thing is glueing up lerge projects...by myself
    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?
    better time management, the last big project i took and set a time frame allowance and put of a job till i had the project done before starting the next one ,, it worked out better..
    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?

    first off i need to learn how to break down glue ups so they are more manageable, also to better estimate the jobs so i am not under the red while doing them and say no to those that arent going to be profitable. and to not hurry threw a process which leads to mistakes.. one good thing is i have learned how hide mistakes pretty well
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    What drives you to do woodworking?
    Enjoyment of making something, stress management and keeps me out of trouble. If my wife can see I'm stressed or had a bad day she makes sure I get out to the garage that day. (she's a keeper! ) I'm always in a better mood after. Even if I only had time to clean up a bit.

    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?
    Hot and humid weather...I'd say time, but I'm still motivated to do something in the shop even if I don't have time.

    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?
    Only my paitence to learn the techniques...I tend to rush to get things done which leads to failure.

    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?
    Hot and humid weather in a garage shop. Sanding...and cleaning the shop.

    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?

    Install insulation, heat and AC.

    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?
    Take deep breathes...slow down and relax. Never be afraid to try a new technique or a challenging project. Someone once said something like, "To be great at something you must fail often, but fail better each time."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    What drives you to do woodworking?
    Being creative, starting with a design idea and working through to completion of a project. Fortunately, I have a wife who enjoys my ability and has been helpful many times when I hit a brain cramp trying to decide on a design.


    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?
    Sometimes, I can't motivate myself to stay on task on a large project because I'm thinking of other things I would rather be doing, or should be doing, in the shop - like cleaning. I finally realized some years ago that I must have a form of ADD that is worse some days. I've learned to live with it for the most part.


    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?
    In a word, no. I'm an admitted power tool junkie, but have done hand-cut dovetails to prove to myself I can do them. The same is true for a few other things, but I'm happy with my tools.


    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?
    Cleaning and organizing the messes I make! Yeah, I know it wouldn't be as bad if I kept more organized during a project, but...


    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?
    Take a deep breath and get focused. Many times, that means checking FW to see what's happening. Other times, I'll pull up a design I'm working on. Sometimes, it's a walk around the yard. Whatever it takes to get my brain awake.


    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?
    I overcome the obstacles by accepting the fact that they are part of my responsibility. My wife likes to help with some of the cleanup, but it's really my thing to do. Although I've been retired for many years, I like to view my shop as "going to work", which I enjoyed. Yes, it's a hobby and I can walk away from it when I need to, but it's fun (most days) as well as creative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    So I've been doing some exercises lately related to finding what things make one enjoy what they do.

    Most were questionnaires that made you think a bit about what you enjoyed about "____" and things you didn't enjoy. The part about what you enjoy usually was there to affirm that you were on the right track, the list about what you didn't enjoy was to get you to put them on paper. The last step was to simply ask you how you can overcome the things you didn't enjoy.

    So here is my questionnaire for you. Don't feel obligated to take it or feel like you need to post your answers, it's really just for your own use to perhaps get you to some enlightenment if you're struggling with any of these. If you find at the end that you really hate woodworking, please don't blame me.


    What drives you to do woodworking? Imagination...wondering "Can I do this"?

    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop? Other fun stuff, cooking, beer making, being lazy...work

    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking? Only do spinny stuff...although I did make a pasta drying rack. Moving outside the envelope is at least half the fun!

    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop? Blow outs and cleaning

    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these? Stop working, stop eating and stop making beer

    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?
    Hire someone to clean and ....well, can't stop blow outs on some stuff
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    What drives you to do woodworking?
    I think my father was my biggest inspiration to do wood working. I find myself thinking, how would my father have done this? I also really enjoyed woodworking shop in high school. Now that I am retired and the kids are grown, gone, and on their own I can do as I please and it pleases me to do woodworking.

    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?
    Sometimes I just get lazy, sometimes my wife feels I need to do other things, sometimes life gets in the way, sometimes I don't know what I want to build or work at, sometimes I don't have the materials and little money (little money for it all the time).

    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?

    Probably sanding. I really need a drum sander. Gluing and clamping are a challenges for me also. Another one is I don't know a lot about finishing. I pretty much rely on rattle can finishes.

    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?

    Interruptions. Lack of space. Having to move tools around to use them.

    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?

    I probably would be more motivated if I specialized more in one or two areas. I like to try many things and don't stick with a few thing long enough to become expert at them. I seem to be working a lot out of my comfort zone a lot. Always trying things I have not done before. This sounds like a good thing and maybe it is but it add anxiety and stress. I would probably get more motivated is I found a few items I really liked to make and could make a little money at it.


    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?

    That is like teaching old dogs new tricks. It is hard to change what I am. Maybe if I concentrated on getting my house fixed up and sell and move, I could get a larger shop like my wife promises. I always have that hanging over my head and feel guilty when in the shop tinkering instead of doing what I should be. I need to face up to it and get er done. Moving will be very emotional for me. I built this place with my own two hands and hard work and leaving it is going to be very upsetting. I guess I will get over it.
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    What drives you to do woodworking?
    The need to be creative plays a big role. There is great satisfaction of creating something with your own hands and knowing that piece is unique, and your skills set you apart from the crowd. I had access to wood and tools from an early age and spent many hours helping my dad build everything from houses to boats. It's in the blood.

    What things prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop?
    At the moment it's space. I have outgrown my garage and have to move things outside in order to make anything. That lowers my motivation; however, I have a lot of other interests that I enjoy as much or more than woodworking and split my time among those interests according to the way I feel. Most people are not one dimensional and I think a variety of interests is healthy and stimulating.

    Do techniques keep you from enjoying woodworking?
    Not in the least. Exploring techniques and problem solving is part of the fun.

    What things do you not enjoy about working in the wood shop?
    Sometime silly mistakes or design flaws or material failures will ruin or set back a project causing temporary frustration. Then I need a time out, because when a job ceases to be fun it generates stress, and stress kills.

    Reviewing your answers given above about the things that prevent you from working or getting motivated in the wood shop, what steps can you take to overcome some of these?
    Well to solve the space problem I have started the process to build a detached shop and intend to do as much of the work as I can safely do. When adequate space is available it will be a lot easier to get motivated.

    Reviewing your answers given above about what you don't enjoy, what steps can be taken to overcome some of your obstacles?
    Work more carefully and think a process through before starting it.

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