|Matt keeping it square, and keeping it from crashing to the floor.|
My friend Matt approached me about helping him build a cat-tree recently, and we knocked out the main structure in a couple of short work-days. The one being replaced had a structure of cardboard, plastic, and termit-barf. It was designed to last for 3 months. We decided to build something that would last at least 3 years, so we decided to use metal and termite food instead. Since it's all going to be covered in rope and carpet though, we had a lot of leeway. Solid but rough was the goal for the project.
|It doesn't look much like a tree.|
We also tried using paraffin on the screws at one point when we needed to be quiet near a sleeping baby. Not wanting to make electric-motor-sounds, or loud screw threads squeaking, we twisted the screws past a hand-held chunk of former candle, then pushed them home with my Yankee screwdriver. This was mostly fast and quiet, but occasionally neither.
|Being a cat must be fun.|
Also, getting something as large as this done in a short time is very satisfying, no matter how simple.
I guess I'm coming around to the conclusion that rough projects are very relevant to fine woodworking, if approached with some of the same care. Also, try doing the quick and dirty version of a new skill, and see how bad it really is. I find that it demystifies processes and removes the temptation to procrastinate before eventually doing something the "right" way.
I expect you will see more simple projects from me in the near future as I get all the practice I can.