I DON’T OFTEN QUOTE CHRIS SCHWARZ, but he wrote this in a blog post today – “It’s done when it’s done, no sooner.” He was referring to some impatient readers who had complained why certain book projects were taking so long to finish. So what does that do with me? I am not one of his impatient readers; rather, I am trying to rush the completion of my daughter’s bookcase project. To satisfy his complainers, Mr. Schwarz would have to rush book projects along. I came to the realization this morning that this bookcase project was just going to have to run its course. No matter how many self-imposed deadlines I make known to others, this project will be completed when it’s ready.
The photo above shows the condition of my workshop just moments ago. I snapped the photo to enter as evidence that I am working diligently to get the bookcase finished. My workshop often becomes a mess as a project nears completion because that is the focus: completion. Being organized obviously isn’t high on my to-do list now.
This week, I began to dis-assemble the bookcase; organize some sub-assemblies and begin glue-up. My plan was to glue together the various aprons, stretchers and crest rails – do the left side first, followed by the right side and then bring them together by adding the middle components.
After this was accomplished, I would add wipe-on polyurethane to the unfinished parts. As I began to get organized on the left side sub-assembly, it became clear that I needed to do some additional hand planing (smoothing) and fine sanding prior to glue-up. That lead to my understanding that pre-finishing many of these same parts would be easier prior to glue-up.
This meant a change of plan: instead of glue-up for final assembly followed by final application of poly, I would do both of these things as I progressed through glue-up.
Yesterday, after working until I couldn’t work any longer (meaning after an all-day shop workout, my back was hurting), and some more work today, the photo above shows where I currently am:
- Left side interior pre-finished
- Left side glued-up
- Right side pre-finished
- Middle section pre-finished
I’ll continue to work on the bookcase as shop time presents itself this week, but my wife and I go on our 30th wedding anniversary vacation this coming Saturday, and I am not sure I will have it finished by the time I leave. Actual completion may be a couple of weeks away or longer. This bookcase will be done when it’s done, no sooner. 🙂
P.S. – We are going to spend a week in Asheville, North Carolina. My wife loves the North Carolina mountains; I do too, but Asheville is like woodworking heaven as well. I already have a woodworking class lined up with Scott Meek and I am trying to schedule a second class with someone else while we are there. Pretty cool!!!
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