Just a short word of caution, then we’ll move on to more productive stuff.
I entered into the world of woodworking some fifty-two years ago and I’m still surprised that I can learn something new every day. And, I love to share the knowledge that I have gained with anyone who is receptive and willing to to learn. That said, not everything that works for me will necessarily work for you. We all have our own methods and levels of skill. So, please don’t assume that I’m making any guarantees of success, either real or implied. As I said in an earlier post, I’m “throwing these tricks out there” for your examination and consideration. But every “mother’s son (or daughter)” will have to make that trick “his (or her) own”.
One final thought for this post; woodworking skills are like any other skills, they must be practiced. You don’t shoot par if you play once a year. You must practice…practice, practice, practice. Not everything that you do will be a masterpiece. You WILL make mistakes. Don’t be afraid of them. The only people who don’t make mistakes are the people who do nothing (and then, many times comment on someone else’s mistakes). One of the great things about woodworking is that you can heat your shop with your mistakes! You only have to satisfy yourself and remember that there is much more to be learned from failure than success, if you will only open your eyes.
Learn the gateway skills. These are the skills that allow you to raise you natural strengths (talents) to the level of true mastery. Make a commitment. That’s what it takes. It just doesn’t “happen”.