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Roger Provins 208/01/2016 16:14:09
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.... to another one?

Or put another way. Do you have several (many) build projects running concurrently?

Old School08/01/2016 16:17:09
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Always have three or four projects on the go, variety is the spice of life.

Andrew Johnston08/01/2016 16:17:17
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Yes, multiple projects and tasks, not only in parallel but also in different dimensions.

Andrew

Speedy Builder508/01/2016 16:20:15
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No fun in finishing things - Its the challenge of making them that keeps me going. Once finished, you have to use them - what is the fun in that ???
BobH

BC Prof08/01/2016 16:47:08
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The advantage of having more than one project on the go is that when you return to one you have to spend time looking for the left handed floggle toggle you so carefully made last year and put away "somewhere safe" . While searching you find bits from other projects that you didn't know were missing and the stash of loot moved by the workshop mice .

KWIL08/01/2016 16:51:58
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If you come to an enforced stop because you need some more metal, fixings or tool, you still have something to do whilst the said awaited items arrive. Only logical to run more than 1 job at a time.

Baz08/01/2016 16:59:48
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Just finished a 0-4-0 Gemma, got 2x Sweet peas as air chassis, a Rob Roy rolling chassis and 3/4 done Don Young Marie E, plus a couple of stationary engines and Jan Ridders petrol engines, so yes I suppose I have a few bits on the go at once. Great thing is that while say 4 jaw chuck is on the lathe bits for all projects requiring that chuck are done at once, saving set up time, also while making boiler fittings I can make them all in one go. Thats my logic anyhow.

John Stevenson08/01/2016 17:09:12
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Yes every time.

Job finished, tools all put away, machines cleaned and oiled, floor swept.

Wings folded up on the pigs and away in a cupboard...............................

Andrew Johnston08/01/2016 17:10:19
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Posted by KWIL on 08/01/2016 16:51:58:

If you come to an enforced stop because you need some more metal, fixings or tool, you still have something to do whilst the said awaited items arrive.

That's all very well for the experts, but for me it's far more likely that I've produced a load of scrap, got into a sulk and feel the need to change projects.

Andrew

fizzy08/01/2016 18:13:27
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I only ever do one at once as I find one challenging enough!

Martin Connelly08/01/2016 19:01:19
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If you are in the middle of a project an find you need to make a tool or jig for that project does that count as two projects or just one?

Martin

Mike Poole08/01/2016 19:38:10
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I read an article in Motorcycle magazine many years ago about why so many bike projects never get finished, it seems there is a fear of finishing, if you never declare a project finished it leaves a defence against the rivet counters and other armchair critics, if they criticise you just say you know and it's not finished yet.

mike

NJH08/01/2016 19:56:52
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I guess it just depends on what gives you the greatest satisfaction,,, Is it the journey or the result?

Having spent a (working) lifetime doing "stuff" that other folk wanted now, as a retired old git, I please myself. I have a lot of projects and I progress each as I feel inclined - they are all my choice and the only one concerned about completion dates is me... ( and I'm not very concerned!) It's a hobby that takes up as much or as little time as I want. ( I do get the occasional "rush job" though - usually of a "domestic" nature - and these are, naturally, given top priority as any other course could adversely affect my Health, Safety ...and Comfort position!)

Norman

Mick Henshall08/01/2016 20:14:47
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Currently I have Rob Roy build,a home made shaper,new graduated dials for horizontal mill, and just finished four 2 way toolposts for my lathe plus other assorted small jobs, an old instructor said never attempt anything unless in the mood for it so by having jobs various there is always one of them thats suits,and it always seems that doing one job its inevitable that something else has to be made to advance that job, deep joy

Mick

Michael Topping08/01/2016 20:52:29
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Having had a break of 25 years or so from model engineering I have a host of projects I started then. I finished a 5" gauge Jinty last summer and am working on a pair of 5" Enterprise Locos. The Tich I started even longer ago is sitting half finished on a shelf. I have a boiler for a 5" M7 tank sitting looking at me and a set of frames for a Bullied merchant navy are hanging on the wall. My plan is to work through them without getting diverted. Don't think that will happen.

Michael

Neil Wyatt08/01/2016 21:41:32
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Hmm, I usually have about 20 or so on the go if you include electronics boats and aircraft models as well.

I usually finish about one or two a year.

Neil

Ian Welford08/01/2016 21:46:56
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Always got a few in reserve. Wood turning and metal modification depending upon mood.

Been making signs for a friend recently (dug out the router templates and , after 3 false starts ) made them. Mind you there then ended up doing more but helping friends is no bother. Asked "superintendent of works" before finishing em as I do get tetchy when she changes his mind for him without me being informed!

steamdave08/01/2016 23:13:36
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I seem to have a short attention span and coupled with my barely mediocre ability I frequently come to a halt on the current project, so it is a good opportunity to start something new until the enthusiasm/attention span/problem solving ability returns for an earlier project. By then, I've forgotten what I was going to do to that one, so better start something new in the meantime...

And so the cycle repeats itself ad infinitum.

Dave
The Emerald Isle

julian atkins08/01/2016 23:55:32
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Fizzy is correct re miniature locos.

i have one loco nearing completion at the moment (rather special 5"g LBSCR terrier copy of Stepney as preserved). my 3.5"g GWR KIng has been waiting for an overhaul for 8 years but is far too much to think about with another project on the go at the same time. Don Ashton has very kindly re-designed the Jackson valve gear for me for the GWR King, and Jos Koopmans has re-designed for me the draughting, so as soon as the current build is completed i will re-start on the GWR King.

in due course i will insist on Neil driving both with decent welsh steam coal, if he doesnt have a drive of my other locos beforehand!

cheers,

julian

Steve Withnell09/01/2016 09:14:43
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Having more than one project on the go is a good excuse to buy another lathe...

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