i'm glancing around my living room at furniture i made before I knew much of anything about woodworking. it's all beautiful and functional! it's all made from scraps of wood i found here & there.
the table i'm making now has joinery inspired by timber framing. just very simple mortises and tenons, plus maybe a couple of dovetails to support cross pieces that support the table top.
i've been paralyzed for months on this table because i spent about $100 on the wood and another $160 on a vise. so this table has to be perfect! or awesome, or a showcase of my skill, or something. which doesn't help one to actually get moving on a project.
but anyway my new system is just to put in hours and see what happens. by just putting myself in my space (in the basement), things are happening. this afternoon, i plan to clock in and do at least 2 more hours. i don't have the ideal tools, but i can make do with the ones i have. so far: 2 tenons, 1 mortise complete.
i've started. i'm not scared of making a mistake on my beautiful 4x4 cedar leg posts. I just went for it. and the joinery works. i did a test fit and it works. the pieces even meet at almost a 90 degree angle!