Your Most Difficult Task

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Out of all the many task involved in your shop, anything and everything, I’d like to hear from everyone what is your most dreading and or difficult task as a whole that you find a pain.

What I find out of all the things that I preform in my shop, I’d have to say when building boxes, fitting the right combo of woods together in order to not only meet my eye but also to be appeasing to the public eye and customers as well.

Randy - If I'm not on the computer than I'm out making sawdust.

For me it is sanding and finishing.
I am getting used to it but it’s a step that I dislike to say the least.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

In my case it is if I run out of material and have to stop every thing to go to store to pickup more . It’s just a waste of time .Course it’s my fault for not keeping up with inventory .


Finding the time to get into the shop!

Losing fingers since 1969

Lanwater, I’m not very fond of sanding either, I just yesterday had a visitor from a woodworker club member and he gave me in great detail on how to sharpen and use a scraper that I already had but had no knowledge in, I discovered a huge difference in the smoothness between sanding and a scraper.

Wheaties, yep I use my smartphone note option to make list of everything I’m needing or missing so that when I’m ready to go I get it all at once.

Brian, I don’t have that problem, <———— Retired at the early age of 50 after 25 years City Electric Department, now 56. :)

Randy - If I'm not on the computer than I'm out making sawdust.

Keeping the shop clean. :-( My shop time is so limited that the very last thing I want to do is waste my precious time cleaning when I could be building.
This is why my shop is an ongoing disaster pretty much all the time. :-(

My problem area or what I dislike the most, the dead time between projects. My mind works overtime to try and think of something new and different. Drives me crazy, rather be working so my mind is focused on actual tasks on an already started project. Sound weird but, then again, it is what I dislike the most.


Like Jeff B, keeping the place clean. It’s my nature not to be a “neat freak”, and so I’m constantly reminding myself to at least vac the dust off the traffic areas so I don’t track it into the house. If that doesn’t count, then my undisputed biggest problem is designing something. When God passed out the creative genes, he completely withheld any I may have been slated to get. Show me a picture and I can usually build it, but ask me to do so without a starting point and I go into brain lock, unable to cut the first piece of wood!

"I long for the day when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" Merle Haggartd

Cleaning is certainly my least favorite task in the shop. I have a lot of tools in a relatively small space so I have to move everything just to sweep the floor. I do have just about everything on wheels, but it is still a pita. I don’t follow normal good practice and clean up at the end of each day as I am usually too tired, so I do it the next time in the shop before starting work (usually). Yes, I know this is backwards, but it fits my lazy disposition best.

Mike, an American living in Norway

For projects I guess it’s sometimes having to do things over because of my dyslexia tendices many times making a piece backwards, upside down,mirror images.
I also like to finish one project before starting a new project but I’ve found that I have a number of projects that are 80%-95% done due to my work schedule or Just being lazy when I do have time off.
another thing that bugs me is just getting all of the parts ready for a glue up ,with glue on all the parts and the phone rings,since I’m in business I can’t let myself let the answering machine get it,so I answer , you guessed it a solicitor, ERRRRRRR that’s a super pain.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

It isn’t necessary to have dyslexia to mess up on parts orientation Jim. I do it pretty often too.

Mike, an American living in Norway