Some woodworkers work in a very calculated way.  For example, to manage the risk when dealing with the compound angles involved in Angle Madness (or, as I call it, “Why I never want to own an AMP-v2), Paul-Marcel worked through sketches, full-size drawings, calculations and a mock-up before committing to his good material.  Each of these steps before cutting the actual piece reduced the risk of making a mistake.  Once he got past the technically demanding compound mitre angles, he felt comfortable progressing without much planning.

To achieve a good result when building spontaneously with little or no planning, a good command of techniques is required.  Working this way elevates the level of risk and requires focus, awareness, and ingenuity.

I am not saying that woodworkers who build without planning first are better than woodworkers who work out all the details beforehand.  To create an excellent product, both methods require a high level of technical ability.  Planning (and practicing) is a way of managing risk.

5 thoughts on “Risk

  1. Hi!Chris
    Well,planning the traditional way is very very demanding.But when it’s done,even the most complicated project seems possible to make.You have just to focus on the safety during the making.I think planning first is just safer.


  2. “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight Eisenhower
    Planning helps you know the ins and outs of a project, so that when inspiration (or a mistake) intercedes, one can know how it will affect things overall.

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