Law Number One

-A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

-A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

-A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

                  Three Laws of Robotics by Isaac Asimov

Tonight I had planned on practicing my Japanese hand saw skills.  My night of 100 cuts would greatly improve my skill and let me proceed with my drawer.  The problem was with my own laws about doing woodworking, specifically law 1; I shall not do woodworking while I am tired.

This is something which is rarely a problem, but today at 7 pm, I have just finished a long day of work.  I got a bunch of things done, used my brain extensively and am completely worn out.

I have been warned that, often it isn’t only the power tools that bite, but a carelessly used hand tool.  I haven’t injured myself yet, beyond the occasional scrapes I received from my clamps, and it seems prudent not to start now.  I am also sure that if I try to do my 100 cuts, when my brain and heart aren’t in it, the exercise will be considerably less valuable.  The skill of using a Japanese hand saw is about muscle memory.  I am determined to learn this skill and I will revisit it on Sunday.

Tomorrow I am going to go visit my parents in Des Moines, so I won’t be taking my training blocks or saws with me.  Saturday will be filled with golf and mulching, and possibly some hand plane buying.  When I return on Sunday I will be well rested and ready to give it a go.

So I am going to spend some time relaxing, thinking about Robots and Isaac Asimov, and possibly having a bit of a nosh.  Sorry to be such a tease.