Woodworking is tough as it’s easy to start a project, really difficult to get it over the finish line. (It’s just like the video game industry!)
So, I (on impulse) decided to make a wooden bench at the William NG – School of Fine Woodworking. It can’t be that hard, right?
What’s 3D joinery? Well, by my count there’s over 30 different wood surfaces that all need to align absolutely perfectly, all simultaneously touch to get everything to fit together. Let’s just say it’s a 30+ dimensional problem. If you get it right, you don’t even need glue! (I needed a lot of glue!)
The instructor insisted that all the joinery HAD to be done with traditional Japanese hand saws and hand chisels, so imagine starting some of the days knowing you have 6 hours of hand sawing! (It took 4 days to make it.)
Let’s just say, I know how to saw now. I’m pleased how it turned out.
PS. Woodworking is interesting to me as I’ve pretty much led a digital life, so either my grandchildren will need to be happy with my old Powerpoint’s and Excel Spreadsheets, or I’d better learn to make something physical! (That they would maybe want.)
So, that’s my challenge to you, if you are also just going to leave a digital footprint!