I won't claim credit for the title of this post, I saw it when one of the galoots on the Old Tools list mentioned it years ago. I will say I have found that it is pretty accurate.
What I mean by this is that when I am consumed by a project and can't wait to get to the shop, I find myself making excuses to spend as much time as possible there. Even 15 minutes in a day is helpful, and a project seems to come together in no time.
Then there are other times, when there either isn't an active project in the works, or the project I'm working on just isn't floating my boat. When this happens it seems I have a hard time finding time to get to the shop.
Once I am there, it seems there is a big mess that needs dealing with before I can do any woodworking.
Granted, I think that I have it a bit harder than most. I travel and spend usually three to four days a week away from my shop in Munich to our second place in Garmisch, where I work.
After reading that sentence I can see I am going to get absolutely zero sympathy. Garmisch is a beautiful resort town.
My point is I am away from my shop often, and can't work wood there while I am out of town.
The good news is the Army post where I work has an MWR woodshop that I can use in Garmisch. The machines are all in bad shape, but that doesn't bother me too much. I just have to remember to take the tools I need with me when I go. So, it is not uncommon for me to have two projects going at once. One in Munich and one in Garmisch. That is, as long as I can get over there during the opening hours, which do not line up too well with my schedule.
I am not sure what my problem is right now with the project I have in Garmisch. It is going to be a dining table made from American walnut. I like the design and love working with this wood. It is beautiful. What's my problem? I don't really know. This project is not really charging me up to hurry and get it finished. The wood has actually been rolling around for more than a year, and over the last few weeks I have only been able to get a few of the boards glued up for the top.
I think I just need to suck it up and get on with it. Once it starts taking a bit of shape, perhaps woodworking fever will set in for this project.
I am starting to run out of ideas for blog posts that do not require me actually doing some woodwork.
My weekend this week will be on Monday and Tuesday. Monday I have an appointment to help a friend put in a new floor. If things go well with that project, I should have some time in the afternoon. I will go to the lumberyard and pick out some lumber to build a Shaker side table. This table isn't really one of the projects on my honeydew list, but it is a project I am chomping at the bit to build.
If the lumber I get isn't quite ready to work by Tuesday (as in if it needs a week or two to acclimate) I think I will get back to my hollow and round plane project.
I got stuck on that project when I blew out the blind side when drilling to start the mortise. On both blanks! I was so frustrated when I made that mistake twice in a row, that I put it aside and haven't looked at it in about two months. I'll look at them and either patch the holes, or start over. This would not be the end of the world, but I must mill up some more lumber with Peter's help at the Dictum workshop. I don't have any large power tools at home. A bandsaw and thickness planer are just too darned handy for this process.
The planes I am working on are #10s. Another alternative would be to work on a pair of #6 blanks that I already have milled. Actually, that sounds like a better idea.
Forgive me for thinking out loud.
Momentum in the shop is a fickle thing for me. If I can get to my bench every day, even for a short time, it makes things easier for the following day. If I wait, thinking tomorrow I'll have more time, it is twice as hard to get in there.
Does anyone else notice this, or is it just me?