This week, I have been working on a spec project while I wait for the results of a bid. At the beginning of May, I got a long thick walnut board that was in a scrap heap, so I thought I better put it to use while I had the time and the inspiration. I’ll talk about the project more in another blog.
You know, it’s one thing to take your time when you are building a project for yourself, and another thing when you are working on a time and materials commission. This project is somewhat in between. I don’t want to overload the hours on it, then I might feel bad when I have to sell it for less than my time, but then again, I don’t need to pour on the speed and efficiency. And this is where I find myself, and here in lies topic of this blog. “I am really changing.”
So there I am, happily working away on the project, when it comes time to make a couple of mortises. I pull up my saw bench to the workbench and lay out the location of the mortises, and before I know it, I am chiseling in the outline of the mortise, then I pick up my mortising chisel and start to work. WHAT THE HE!!. Why am I doing this by hand!? Normally, I would use my hollow mortise chisel machine in a heart beat, or I would use my drill press to do most of the work. But no! I think about it for a second or two, and quietly go back to work chiseling out the mortise. Come to think about it, I have cut all the tenons for this project by hand, and all the bridal joints too. Normally, I would do all this on my bandsaw or table saw with my tenoning jig. Quiet hand tool work is taking me over! RUN!!!!
I am sure I will be back to my normal methods when the time press is back on. I guess I will just enjoy the ride until then.
See you next time at the bench,