Yes, it is yet another list of resolutions. Not terribly original I know, but it is that time of year. So I sat down and began thinking of things I wanted to accomplish during the coming year. Some are meant to be funny, but as we all know, the truth is the basis for humor. So, with tongue firmly in cheek, here are my resolutions for 2010:
- I resolve to begin making Christmas gifts TOMORROW! No more waiting until Mid-December to begin making my list and checking it twice. This year I will have the time each project deserves, and I won't be stressing or cutting corners.
- I resolve to finally figure out what color my shop floor really is! It is high time to sweep up, and get a few more cleaning tools to help keep it clear. A debris-clear floor is far safer and more pleasant to work on.
- I resolve to actually write down a maintenance schedule for my equipment, and follow it! (at least for a while!) Clean, well maintained and adjusted tools are not only a joy to work with, but also give better results and are much safer to work with.
- I resolve to sit down and actually READ my tool manuals! Really! They are just full of useful information. Chances are, you will find capabilities your tools have that you don't even know about.
- I resolve to share my experience and joy in woodworking with as many others as possible. This blog, woodworking forums, Twitter, Facebook and my website are all ways I can share my love of the trade with my fellow woodworkers. I learn as much as I share. What can you be doing to connect with others?
These are a few ideas I have had as I relax from the Christmas rush. I invite you to add your own. What are your woodworking resolutions for the New Year? Feel free to post them in the ''comments'' field below. You will be getting a good start on the last item on my list!
Editor's note: Leave your New Year's Woodworking Resolution in the comments below, and you might be one of three people chosen at random to receive a small prize! Winners to be announced on Tuesday, January 5, 2010. Happy New Year from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware!