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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-03-2014, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Default How long does a project take you?

So I started my second jig. The ShopNotes Multiple Fence Box Joint Jig <>
this past weekend and as it is only my second jig I am taking my time with it.

At least I "think" I am taking my time. Which got me thinking looking at half finished projects that I am working but for some reason (wanted to try the finger joint for a box for my wife) are awaiting parts or for some reason are staged for the next part of the project and I just need to get back to it.

That I don't get to spend a lot of time in the shop and it seems sometimes that I take a very long time completing some projects. I don't like to have only one thing I am working on from beginning to end. so while I am gluing up something I may start something else I've been thinking about.

So I wondered how is it for you folks? How long does projects take you and how do you approach projects in your shops?

Stories of great success and failures in new approaches would also be welcome!

Thanks in advance!
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It all depends is the best answer I can come up with. I have a partially finished banjo in the shop. Wouldn't take a really huge amount of time or effort to complete. However (the universe has made sure that almost everything has at least one 'however' connected to it), it rapidly dropped from high priority to low priority. Same with several other projects, in varying stages of completion - life got in the way, and something else got a higher priority. And some things just come together right and are zipped right out.

I do not depend on my shop for my bread and butter, so don't really let those hiccups bother me, eventually I'll get back to them, and finish them - or, as sometimes happens, come up with an improvement, better idea, or something else that thatmakes me abandon that particular project permanently - no biggie. I have my shop for my enjoyment, to help me relax, and to make a buck or three every once in awhile. Even just looking out the window, seeing it, knowing it is mine, paid for, is enough to make me feel good. The shop is small, 8'X12', it's what I could afford at the time, and if I hadn't gotten it, would never have gotten one. It works well for me and what I work on.

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My approach is pretty much similar to Theo (JOAT).

I have some projects so far behind timetable, I may just use the stock for something else.

As an example, I was given a project to make a sign at the Men's Shed, but every Saturday when I go in, I am asked to help another member with their project. I don't mind as it all counts as "shop time"...LOL.

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I agree with both previous comments. There are those who do this stuff for a living and they produce beautiful stuff in the time it takes to blink. One minute they're starting a new wardrobe, check back on the forum a day later and there it is in all it's beauty, finished!!! I'm only working with wood for me. The new garage side door took 3 weeks. It is solid and some of the time was spent watching glue dry, but it got there and I'm pleased with it.

Unless you're an expert, I'd say take your time so there's less mistakes (I learned that with a jig i was trying to make. Three attempts at the same peice as I wasn't paying attention.
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I am great at procrastinating.
I can find any excuse to not do something. It could be the weather, the temperature, or "my show is on now". I do like to work in my shop, but there are even times I hate to get back to a project I started. The main reason for that is fear, fear of doing a new set-up or a new procedure. I get really nervous and have to think things through for a long time to build up my self-confidence. That could take a week, a month, or more. But then when I get to it again, I either get the procedure done to my satisfaction, or mess up the project and start over again (or not).
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
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Hello David. My answer is: the time I thought it would take multiplied by 5. This is my third day on making the templates and installing a Grizzly router plate in my new router table. I'm afraid to even guess how much time I'll really spend making the fence and installing the t-tracks I want to put in.

It seems like basic math hurts me much more than mis-measuring or not noticing defects in the stock I'm using. My wife got tired of hearing me cursing because I miscalculated fractions, and offered to do the math for me. Not sure if that was a tongue-in-cheek offer or not.

The main thing is to try and stay out of time-crunch situations. It takes the fun right out of a hobby. Jim
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usually long than guesstimated...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I'll let you know when I finally finish something.
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Last few years I've done more and more 'projects' for folks outside of family and friends. When I decide to take on a project like this I have some very strict rules that I adhere to.
1: come to a thorough understanding of what it is to be built and how "we" would like it to look.
2: Its got to be a build I'll enjoy doing
3: All materials are paid for up front..
4: You get it when you get it... 3 weeks or 3 months,,,its done when its done.
5: If we don't agree on 1-4, I"m not your guy, no hard feelings and I'll help you find someone who might work out for ya.
A "fee" for my work isn't part of the process...thats made clear up front. I figure that by paying for the materials and giving me the
chance to do the job, I'm given an opportunity to do something that I might otherwise not be able to do. So I never expect to be paid.
But the tips have been pretty darn sweet...
I love farting around in the shop, I'll sometimes have a half dozen things going on at one time. Then there is cleaning, sharpening, tinkering and of course All of that thinking that goes on down there.

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It depends a lot on the jointery. I used to try and make perfect mortise joints then I went to jig set up joints like the box joint and dovetail. I found that I was spending as much time just setting up the jig as making the joint (also making the jig took as long as the project). I finally settled on the pocket hole and I can now knock out a case, frame or box in a record time. I made the jig you are making now. It took the better part of the day and now collects dust. Keep the instructions handy because you will find it is difficult to remember it works. You can also go to Youtube to see one in use.
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