Working to a Deadline

Rob-Portrait351My son is getting married on the 29th of August … and so I’m working on my house like a madman! For some reason … it may be genetic … I don’t seem to be able to get anything done without a deadline. And so, while I’ve known about the tasks I’ve needed to get done on my house (a built-in cabinet in the bathroom the most pressing project) since last winter, I started on them just a couple of weekends ago, and have been working through the only heat wave of the year. (Let me tell you, we Northern boys turn into a puddle of goo when temperatures get above 90°.) With luck, I’ll have everything buttoned up in the bathroom before I am putting the studs into my tux, but my family has its doubts.

For that reason, I would like to ask you all a question. You see, I don’t think this is a situation that is specific only to me. I think there are other woodworkers and builders who need a deadline to get in gear. What about you? Send me your tales of last-minute construction … I know they are out there. We’ll put the best of your stories on our Readers Response page and, just to spice things up, we’ll put all of the writers’ electronic names into an online hat and draw a winner. (Prize to be determined later.) Don’t hold back now: we are all waiting.

— Rob Johnstone, editor: Woodworker’s Journal

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