would list your intimidations please...
Now, after a couple weeks rubbing elbows with you confident and crazy peoples, they are lessened, but still present.
#1 Intimidation - The ever-present chance of major permanent physical injury. I bleed easier and heal slower than when I was young. My reflexes are likewise not what they once were.
Beyond making sure I have appropriate Ear, Eye, and Lung Protection, the bestest advice I've gotten from RF is
"Focus on what you are doing like a cat focuses on a bird on the windowsill."
Keeping that level of attention on what I am doing will hopefully keep me safe.
But I'm still intimidated. I think for Safety, perhaps a little intimidation is a good thing.
At least I'm past the "petrified hesitation," stage.
#2 Intimidation - Unfamiliarity with tools - Up until now, the largest project I've ever tackled was cutting 4" baseboard trim for the entire house - We ended up buying a compound miter saw and stand from Harbor Freight or I would still be cutting the damn things. Mainly it's a hand hacksaw, or my Dremel tool, or a hammer, or buy a readymade whatever.
I now possess a 3 HP plunge router in a Rockler router table, and a 15 Amp 10" portable table saw...I feel like I'm buying General Mills in order to get 10 pounds of buckwheat and rice flour blended with all-purpose...
All I can do is try to find people who know what the hell I am trying to accomplish with these fancy tools, and help keep me on the path by nudging me away from dangerous precipices of obsessive overthinking, or careless/clueless omission.
Thankfully, I found RF...
Words cannot convey the confidence you have given me to tackle this project and feel firmly confident that I can do it.
#3 Intimidation - Clearances and Tolerances. Unlike hand tools, where you might make a mark or ding, and then correct, these things can too quickly turn an "oops" moment into an "aw poop!" moment.
I'm not too worried about trashing out my tools, I'm too intimidated by their speed and power to be careless and drop tools on the tables or scatter screwdrivers near my bits and blades.
But I have some concern on ruining a piece of wood that is to be an inner cover for a hive, and having to start over again.
So this one will best be tackled by 1) Having a very clear idea of what I am going to be doing - I guess like visualization, where I walk through all the steps in my head, before tackling it, and 2)Practicing enough before I tackle my project, making sawdust as I get comfortable with the visual placement of the bits and blades to the fence, or the jig, trying to follow lines, with different depths and multiple passes.
One of the things I have to figure out how to do well is to make a rabbet cut inside the hive walls on two parallel sides to hold the honeycomb frames. The Down&Dirty method nails plywood inside the two walls, but plywood isn't real good for bees, although a lot of people still use it...
Old Dogs, New Tricks...Very hard to learn, but exciting as all get out.