The main thing we want in the shop is for things to go right, but that doesn’t always mean something major. The minor things are sometimes the best.
I’ve had a perfect day in the shop, using tools, completing a project or basically just doing-it-myself when I can celebrate one of the following:
• Measuring twice and not getting something different.
• Cutting something wrong, but it works out anyway because I measured wrong.
• Remembering that black = hot, and white = neutral without having to look it up.
• Managing to cut no more than one extension cord when trimming shrubbery.
• A small piece of scrap exactly the right size, and the correct species.
• Dropping a chisel, and the handle end hits the floor instead of the cutting end.
• Minimal glue squeeze-out.
• Assembling a tool that came with an extra screw/bolt/nut instead of being one short.
• The phone rings after completing a tricky glue-up, not in the middle of it.
• The only kickback experienced after a long day involves a recliner and a cold beer.