|This is the fun part.|
I was rearranging a room, and took the opportunity to clean up a few flaws emerging in the desk surface I made (with help) about a decade ago. I used a card scraper to level out some ridges and clean up where the finish was getting worn and dirty, then applied a few more coats of thinned polyurethane to renew the surface.
The scraping, for me, definitely qualifies as the fun part. A tool tuned to be effective, wispy shavings with intact gluelines, and the wood looking it's best--these are a surefire combination to get my satisfaction neurons firing.
|The not-so-awful part.|
What was unusual is that I did not find the finishing to be drudgery. I'm sure it helped that it was a simple horizontal plane. But I think the real reason is that I don't have to wait to see what the finished product will be like. My eagerness is tempered by having already enjoyed the desk for 10 years. And I have confidence it's going to turn out well, because I've already done it. This gives me hope that I can be a little more relaxed in the future, enjoy all stages of the process, and follow through with quality work all the way to the end of projects.