Asked on Jul 5, 2017

About learning more patience- is there any hope for me?

FLGinnyLydia Weikel Cox


I have a terrible lack of patience and have never in my 78 years had the patience to take a wood-working project to completion. More than a dozen years ago I bought several items from Anderson's at a sale (circular table saw, jig saw, and something else) and have never even opened the boxes in which they were shipped. Is there any hope for me?

8 answers
  • Jason T. Lee
    Jason T. Lee
    on Jul 6, 2017

    Yes, it seems that you have an interest but not much drive. Look up Izzy Swan on YouTube and see if you want to try doing projects like his. You may just be surprised.
  • Zoe Emiko
    Zoe Emiko
    on Jul 6, 2017

    I don't believe all hope is lost! Maybe try collaborating with a friend on projects. Set a day or two each week to work together on projects. Having a commitment to keep is a great way to ward off procrastination. Not only that but it's a great way to spend time with friends AND 4 hands get more work done than two. Your projects will fly by! Do one you want, then one your friend wants .. and repeat.
  • C. D. Scallan
    C. D. Scallan
    on Jul 6, 2017

    Sure. Don't think "build from scratch" instead think "revitalize . " Find an old piece of furniture at goodwill , garage sale or your own home and sand it down , clean it up and repaint it. The feeling of accomplishment is a wonderful thing . Take a class at the local Home Depot . If you still can't get motivated after these "baby steps " maybe you should look for another creative outlet and sell those expensive tools to fund it!
  • KattywhampusLOL
    on Jul 6, 2017

    David, maybe you should try starting small with a project that doesn't require alot of equipment and time. Maybe something with premade pieces that you just have to put together? I am proud of the television stand I put together, and the large entertainment center and large bookcase , too. I didn't measure and cut out anything, nor stain it (didn't have any tools for all of that and even if I did, I don't know how to use them LOL). And don't think you have to exercise your creative side with wood projects. You could use cinder bricks, or even papier mache if that's what you like, OR a bit of this and some of that. And did you know that ALL of the following men knit AND crochet: Rosey Grier, Russel Croe, Scott Baio, David Arquette, Ringo Starr, Ryan Reynolds, and Randy Grossman ..... I'm certain there are many more than this. The best thing about being eclectic in craft work is that you can make things of all sorts with things of all sorts for purposes and peole of all sorts LOL ;) Below is a link to a website that might give you some ideas about things to tackle. I know you havie it in you to not only start, but also to complete a project. You just have to find the right one. DON'T GIVE UP DAVID ;) Thanks for writing to Hometalk :) (check out the timber knobs, the no sew footstool, the rustic lantern, the fake hanging shelves, the bracelet made from a fork, the hanging wood slice plant stand, scrabble coasters, or any of the other crafts on the following site ...
    From there you can graduate yourself up to some of these, maybe (?)
    David, the point is, even if you don't like anything in these two links Google can help you find SOMETHING that you like enough to finish. Have a great summer .... make it creative ... give your creations to others, or sell them, or just keep them for yourself to enjoy and be proud of :) have a great time!

  • Sunny C
    Sunny C
    on Jul 6, 2017

    Hello David; There is Always Hope!!!!
    Why don't you consider asking your Family what they would enjoy you making for them?
    Personally, I would be Thrilled if I had something Beautiful and Handmade from a Family member!!!
    Also, Churches are always looking for Handmade items to sell at sales which help either the Church or benefit someone that needs a helping hand.
    I hope that this will motivate you to try and make something Beautiful!!!
    Good Luck!
  • Lydia Weikel Cox
    Lydia Weikel Cox
    on Jul 6, 2017

    Following on previous commentor, consider what is hindering your drive? Have you encountered problems with other projects that caused you to not complete them? Was it due to lack of knowledge on how to resolve the obstacle? Did it seem too frustrating when a problem was encountered? Did other "life events" get you derailed? Were other projects those YOU wanted to do or were you doing them because someone else wanted you to? Perhaps if you found a "simple" project you really have interest in, and determine to finish it no matter what happens, then you might find satisfaction in the finished item to spur you on. It might help if you have someone else interested in woodworking to discuss projects and progress with, even a child watching! But....if this is something you are "Interested in" primarily because someone else thinks you "should," even if that is the echo of long gone relative's voice, accept that maybe this isn't something you REALLY want to do after all. Maybe there is something else you are more suited to, or would enjoy more! In that case, let yourself off the hook, sell the tools and go fish, or garden, or read, or whatever else you enjoy!
  • Ginny
    on Jul 6, 2017

    Do you belong to a senior center in your area? I worked for a county senior center many yrs. ago and they had woodworking every week for those who were interested. Call your county Office on Aging and see what they can offer. Also look on your county's website. You don't have to be a master carpenter to start out.
  • FL
    on Jul 6, 2017

    Yes! Do what you love and what excites you and makes you happy! You probably are already doing it now: reading, playing with the dog, debating politics, making pizza, fishing, landscaping your yard. Whatever gets you out of bed (grandkids? your wife? football?) is your passion and no one will have to twist your arm to get you to participate. You know we all march to the beat of our own drummers, so pack up the tools and give to a family m ember who will use it or sell them or maybe even get a credit for returning them to the store. Then go be YOU and do YOU. I know you're good at it!
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