Today’s quick poll idea came from my friend Chris Wong, who is looking to build a new workbench of his own…
Workbenches are awesome. In addition to providing a solid, flat work surface at a comfortable height, they can also become more versatile when you add bench dogs, planing stops and hold downs. And, many of those devices require a hole to be drilled or chiseled into the workbench side or apron to make those happen.
So, today’s question… How many dog holes do you have in your workbench? None? A ton?
Shop maintenance is one of those things you gotta do. The saws need to be aligned, the tools organized and the sawdust swept up. And, you know that the tools need to be sharpened.
Sharpening is a task that some people relish. They pull their tools off the sharpening medium and look at their handiwork with glee. They even demonstrate just how sharp their edges are by shaving the hair off their arms, legs or other body parts.
Others know it has to be done, but they dread the work. I mean, it time spend grinding steel off the edges of tools, not working with wood. Isn’t working with wood why we got into this craft?
Today, tell us how you feel about sharpening. Are you all jazzed about doing it, hate it, or feel indifferent about the whole process?
There’s nothing like the smell of a brand new tool. The excitement when you crack open that box … it’s just magic. And, with many tools, you have to remove a mountain of papers.
Of course there is the owner’s manual. Maybe some advertisements for some other tools the company makes. And, in many cases, a warranty registration card.
While many people fill them out and return them, others just chuck them into the trash, never to be seen again. Not everyone likes paperwork, but returning those cards can save a lot of time – and cash – if the tool malfunctions during the warranty period.
Man, talk about a loaded word. Some folks cringe at the very thought of having someone weigh in on anything they do, while others may be more open-minded to the possibilities that an honest evaluation can bring.
And, when it comes to woodworking, we often find ourselves to be our own worst critics, pointing out every single mess up – no matter how small or inconsequential.
When the criticism comes from others, however, it can really be hurtful – or a springboard to improvement. (Thanks, Marc Spagnuolo for today’s poll idea!)
This week, tell us what you think about criticism, and can you handle it with your woodworking?