Many years ago, my wife suggested that I keep a journal of my projects.

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Many years ago, my wife suggested that I keep a journal of my projects. The resulting log includes such details as the source of the plans, the project recipient, joinery and finishing notes, jigs used, and "gotchas" to avoid.

This simple form has been extremely helpful over the years. It prevents the duplication of gifts and refreshes my memory if finish repairs prove necessary.
—Lew Zimmer, Bozeman, Mont.