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post #1 of 26 Old 12-16-2015, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Cool in a sentence , what is woodworking for you guys ?

for me woodworking is a good way to empty your mind and forget the world as well as make a nice profit
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For me it is a good way to empty my wallet and have fun.
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For me it was something that went from fun to work.
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Woodworking can be as hard and challenging as I want it to be.
Many times my final cost in a project is equal to the retail cost of a similar style item. Key word here is similar.
My projects are my choice of materials and built strong enough to stand on. I hope some of my furniture will go through several generations.
But because I don't buy my wood by the truckload or my hardware by the gross, the cost of my project is no bargain because I pay full retail for all my materials.
Since I'm retired, my woodwork is now for my enjoyment. Whether a new furniture project or a furniture restoration, I now do it because I want to.
Keep challenging yourself. Take it to the next level.
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For me, my time in the woodshop is MY time. It gets ridiculously challenging and expensive, and even a bit physically difficult at times, but the the sense of satisfaction when I complete a project is worth all the time and effort. I've learned primarily from lurking around here, but I've also owned and operated a custom automation company for over 30 years, and there's a surprising amount of overlap between building things from metal and making things from wood.
The wood stuff smells a lot better, too!

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In a sentence?

"ow, crap that hurt"

In all seriousness thoug, woodworking is a release for me. It lets me forget the crap that comes up day to day, and gives me a feeling of being in control. Most aspects of my life are controlled by other people, but when im down in the shop, its all me, nothing happens in there without me choosing it. Just a nice feeling

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Problem solving. I really enjoy spending 2/3 of time figuring out how to make a perfect cut (jigs, technique etc.) and only 1/3 making the actual cut.

It's also the only thing I have patience for detail.
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Woodworking for me is: A chance to build something.

I have always enjoyed working with my hands and have found myself stuck in office jobs since getting out of school. It is great for me to be able to build things at home that give me the feeling of accomplishment I get from completing a tangible project!


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An escape from the BS of day to day monotony.
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For me it was something that went from fun to work.
For me it was something that went from work to fun.

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It's either an expensive hobby, or cheap therapy. Not sure which. Either way I feel better mentally after making sawdust and shavings.

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For me it was something that went from work to fun.
I don't remember how many years since I built something for myself. If it's not a customer order I don't have time for it.
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I'm a carver and a builder of very cheap and expedient furnishings, indoors and out.
It was a reaction to the terribly abstract job of a biology/dendrology professor.
I can quit each day now and have something in my hands or on the bench to display for my effort.
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Most of my woodworking is work---I still enjoy the creative process----

My greatest joy is making one of a kind things as gifts-----I don't have much time for those any more--
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For me it is (& has been) MY sawdust therapy! Be safe.
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I don't remember how many years since I built something for myself. If it's not a customer order I don't have time for it.
That's a shame, and I can relate. I grew up with electronics stuff - radio & TV repair, audio, ham radio. My dad and older brother did it before me. Went to engineering school, got a degree. Designing and building electronics stuff was my #1 hobby.

Then I went into business repairing consumer electronics. It became a job. Not fun any more.

So, I took up woodworking.

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A relaxing (most of the time) way to create gifts for friends and family while enjoying time in the shop.

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Some days it is the most economical way to renovate my home while still producing a good quality outcome, other days it's just fun tinkering and creating things. I've loved the process of creating and building since I was a child, now it is a cathartic release and helps me clear my head of all the work and family things that usually occupy it.
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