Robert's Rules of disorder
Lines from the edge


I think that I made most of these up but some are familiar sayings for which I don’t have the source.  Any attributions that you can supply would be helpful.  As for now, they are in random order.  Sorting and numbering will come later.


Wood Shop Rules

Wood Moves, get over it…. Shannon Rogers

If you are making one, make several.

The biggest risk is in the finish.

Destroy the test piece if necessary.

If you can’t hide it, feature it.

A lack of planning on your part does not constitute
​an emergency on my part.

Sometimes, measuring twice isn’t enough.

Execution is secondary to inspiration.

Cut the longest pieces first.

Done is better than process.

Long skinny fall is more useful than short wide fall.

If it’s not a good design, Bird’s-eye Maple won’t help.

When sanding, systematic is better than painstaking.

Sandpaper is cheap, your time is finite.

You get 10 points for sweeping up.  You lose 20 points if I stumble through the pile.

Arbitrary is arbitrary.

Don’t leave the bench brush in the trash can.

The last 10% takes 50% of the time.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of done.

Joints first, shapes later.

Number one cause of bad work is bad work lighting.

Never interrupt a glue-up.

There are no mistakes, only design changes.

It always takes twice as long as you think.

If you don’t plug it in, it won’t go on.

Don’t break down a set-up until you need to.

If you can make a chair, you can make anything;
but if it doesn’t sit, it’s only a thing.

You never have enough clamps.

Resist the urge to be “helpful” until asked

You have more control with both hands.

Painted projects take longer.

Nothing is more expensive than a “do-over.”

If you don’t get squeeze-out, you didn’t use enough glue.

You can always make it smaller.

That’s why God invented wood dough.

Resist the urge to point out the “flaws” in your work.

Don’t sell or loan your tools.

Restoration is easy, resurrection, not so much.

The difference between a good and great craftsman is the efficiency with which he repairs his mistakes.


Organizational Rules

If it’s not where it’s supposed to be, it could be anywhere.

If it doesn’t have a place, you can’t put it away.

You can’t just do something.

It’s always in the last place you look.

Resist the urge to fixate on your pre-determined notion.

When in doubt, leave it out (commas, tools, hardware, etc.)

Ya’ gotta know when to quit.

That’s why God invented pockets.


Life Rules

Integrity is a heavy burden.

Work is work.

Creativity is about risk. Don’t do what you know.

There are worse ways to run your life than by caprice.

If it isn’t a “deal breaker”,  get over it.

I don’t believe in many things but I like the idea of kismet.

It’s the non-intuitive that is effective.

You’re never too young to be too old for this shit.

The less thinking you do, the better off you are.

Patience, Grasshopper.

Learn to suspend anxiety.

 Learn the difference between mess and filth.

I don’t work for adversaries; if you want a contest, go elsewhere.

Negligent perhaps; incompetent, no!

Obey your own rules.

Pay the help first.

Every day I survive is a good day.

One can not live on inertia alone.

Leap and the net will appear.

Nothing is more expensive than a “do-over.”

If red wine is so good for you, why do I feel so bad this morning?Don’t say ”I know”, say “I agree.”

It’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Tread lightly.

It’s easier to walk it back when you take baby steps.

If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.

I play favorites. I feel no compunction to be democratic.

There is a lot of “Conventional Wisdom” out there;
don’t be so sure.

If you don’t ask the question, you don’t get the answer.

The first argument is always over dirty dishes (“I’m letting them soak” is code for “I’m too lazy to clean up right now”).

Give it your best effort;  the way it comes out
is the way it comes out.

The cure for breaking your word is giving your word again 
...and keeping it.

Resist the urge to say the first thing that comes to mind.

It’s a full time job being hip, you can’t let up for an instant.

If you don’t keep your nose clean, you can’t complain.

Your car horn is a warning device, not a scolding device.

The left lane is for going faster than the cars in the right lane.

Your legacy is not what you obtain , it’ what you give away.

It isn’t how many people like you; it’s how much they like you

If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.




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