I Can’t Do Seven Things At Once   1 comment

It’s a problem.

The reality is there were seven projects in the garage wooodshop that were screaming for my attention. Seven.

  1. The picture frames I’ve been working on for months two years now … 13 of them
  2. The small bowls … 20 of them (Well, 21. And then I broke one, so, 20.)
  3. The walnut collection of cutting boards … 15 of them
  4. The mission candle holders … 18 of them
  5. The new cheese/cracker server design … 6 of them
  6. The backyard gates for Payton’s new house … 4 of them
  7. The shelf units for MrsMowry’s classroom … 2 of them

As I’ve become painfully aware, it’s now a race to see which explodes first: my head, or my garage woodshop that doesn’t have the space to store works in progress that aren’t progressing. Plus – plus! – when I start getting the required wood and sheet stock for the projects when I already have a very full lumber rack, I literally can’t move.

And that is a bad thing in a shop with power tools. Christopher was in the shop last weekend, and he said it felt claustrophobic. Not. Good.

I used to think that I could do 2 things well at the same time … in addition to work and family and church (not in that order). So, those 2 things could be Scouting & soccer. Or Scouting & genealogy. Or woodworking and a computer project.

The approved design for the gate is # 4 ... along with the color and materials to be used. And my shopping list. All of my projects have humble beginnings. In this case, very humble.

The approved design for the gates is # 4 … along with the color and materials to be used. And my shopping list. All of my projects have humble beginnings. In this case, very humble.

You get the idea. Two things. On top of the three things that you must do. Add them up: five things.

Now, of course, that’s absurd. You can only do one thing at a time. One thing.

So, sure, let’s do seven woodworking projects at once.

I have a problem. Well, I have two problems. And about here is when I hear Velda’s dulcet tones in my mind … Lady, you just be quiet. Get out of my head.

One problem is that I have too many projects going in the shop. Too many.

Good news: I have moved three items on the above project list into the “finished” category. If you have been reading the blog, you’ve seen the bowls and the cutting boards over the last couple of days. MrsMowry’s shelves are also complete and just waiting for photographs in situ. The other four projects … not so much. That’s my first problem.

However, I believe the new cheese & cracker servers will be done in August. The backyard gates are in process for August and September … should be done in there somewhere. After I develop the design into more than just a sketch.

The picture frames and the mission candle holders, well, I’m getting to them (Little Girl and Susan: have faith! I will get there!). Some pieces should … SHOULD … be done by Labor Day. The rest? We’ll see.

Problem # 2 is that the shop is just in chaos. Too much stuff. No storage. Poor organization. I’ve got projects that need to be finished … and some of those projects were envisioned many years ago. The problem is that I must do too much vision work, and need to do more work work to catch up.

We’ve all been told that admitting you have a problem is the first step, so I’m going to share some of my chaos with you today. And then, I’m going to fix it … well, someday. Soon. Before my head explodes.

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