I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while but I’ve not got round to it!
In my previous post on the subject I talked about some of the reasons (excuses) for my inactivity.
Most of these reasons are out of my control (or at least unlikely to change – I’m quite attached to my wife and children!)
There are other things which could hold me back:
- Lack of materials
- Lack of tools
- Lack of ability
- Fear of failure
- Unfulfilled dependencies
I’ll tackle them individually:
Lack of materials
I think I’ve still got some way to go before I have enough stock to just knock something up out of the timber I have to hand, but in a single garage workshop I probably shouldn’t add much more.
Lack of tools
I certainly can’t blame my lack of results on this – I spent last year acquiring tools & machinery at a rate of knots!
As I’ve mentioned before, this is a hobby and there’s no point having a hobby if it’s not enjoyable. I certainly enjoy buying stuff and building up my workshop, but it would be nice to produce something too …
This year I’m hopeful that I can keep my rampant consumerism in check (or at least focussed on Car boot sales) as I’ve amassed most of the items on my shopping list and much more besides!
Lack of ability
I’m not too bad at run of the mill handyman stuff and DIY around the home and I’m comfortable with the fact that I’m not a talented craftsman.
I know the only way to improve is to practice (indeed I read somewhere in the last few days that to become really good at something takes in the region of 10,000 hours or about 10 years, so I’d better hurry up!) but therein lies the problem – I’m doing very little other than buying stuff and reading about the subject at the moment and I’m not entirely sure why!
Fear of failure
To be honest I think this is a major part of the reason for my inactivity.
Being good at wood working is very important to me, so perhaps I procrastinate because I don’t want to find out that I’m no good at it after all?
On another level of I’m obviously aware of how silly this is and that I should just get on with making mistakes & gradually improving, but there’s definitely some sort of mental block there. 😦
I often find myself in “dependency hell”, where to do one thing (for example build a picture frame) requires several other dependencies to be met (such as building a shooting board and a router table) and they in turn depends on various other things (e.g. the ability to cut larger circles than my largest holesaw in order to clamp the router into the lift mechanism I’d like to use).
I’m hoping that if I concentrate on a few simple jigs and fixtures early this year that’ll get me moving on “real” stuff later in the year (and if not at least I’m building something).
On a possibly related note, this post from The Slightly Confused Woodworker struck a chord with me – I’ve bought a LOT of tools & machinery – some of which I’ve never even removed from their packaging – and have produced almost nothing. Perhaps I’m not alone in this? 🙂
(Unlike some of the people in Bill’s post I certainly won’t be getting rid of my Kreg jig in a hurry – I only just ordered it in the Axminster clearance sale and I probably won’t even receive it until Monday! 🙂 )
I’ve resolved that this year will be different, so I’ll keep on chipping away at my own excuses for inactivity and hopefully have something other than a large credit card bill to show for 2013.