A job well done

I finished a major book project yesterday – itself a series of 25 separate woodworking projects – and now it’s time to celebrate.

I’ve always celebrated the end of major endeavors, although “celebrate” isn’t exactly the right word. I think I need a word that says observe, reflect, commemorate and, yeah, celebrate, all rolled into one. The bottom line is that I’m pleased with the work (and pleased that it’s finally done), and I want to reward myself before diving into the next big project.

The first thing I did was order me a copy of the new Star Trek movie, which comes out on Tuesday. Then I picked up the phone and called one of my reenactor buddies, telling him that I can attend an event this weekend that I previously thought I couldn’t because of work. My weekends have been completely wrapped around the project for months, and I’m finally giving myself a chance to relax and play.

I also need to run out to do some mundane errands today, so while I’m out I’m going to indulge myself in a treat of some sort, although whether it’s going to be a couple of chocolate donuts or an extra large sundae from Dairy Queen, I haven’t decided. (Although if history is any guide, I’ll do both.) After that, I’ll swing by one of my Big Box stores to restock hardware and supplies, another end-of-project ritual. On the way home, I’ll get a six-pack of some good beer (Guinness Harp) to have with tonight’s dinner. Finally, when I get back from my reenactment on Sunday, I’ll spend all day giving the shop a top-to-bottom cleaning, and enjoy every minute of it.

These are all pretty ordinary things, but they’re things I nearly always do as a way of celebrating the successful end of a major time-consuming project. But surely, I’m not the only woodworker who indulges in the practice.

Whether it’s a huge commission for a customer, any large renovation of your home or just a big project you’ve been working on for months, how do you celebrate when it’s completed?

A.J.

COMMENTS

  1. SawdustTX wrote:

    Nice piece – I like your celebration style. Mine is to do some selfish little shop project, usually something I became aware of needing (or wanting) during the recently completed project. Latest example – I worked the last month or so on an intense work project, culminating with spending the entire Labor Day weekend getting it finally completed. So last weekend to celebrate, I installed a PC in my shop. It’s an old PC from the house, and I’ve been meaning to hook it up in the shop for six months. Last weekend I set it up on it’s own little shelf, wired it to my shop TV so I can watch videos, got the wireless working so it connects, and fed the audio to my shop stereo. I could call it a productivity and reference tool, but really it was a selfish luxury. And I think, well earned.

  2. John wrote:

    We finished a big job with install in Washington, D.C. . On the way home we stopped overnight and had a big steak dinner with appetizers,dessert, and cocktails and charged it to the client.

  3. Howard Van Valzah wrote:

    I like to celebrate also but for me it’s a vodka martini before dinner. However I have found that bad days come along too and they demand a reverse celebration.

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