There’s a super TED talk where Josh Kaufman insists that you can learn anything in 20 hours. Sure, it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery, but 20 hours gets you over the hump. I’m hoping this talk will be as life-changing as that other TED talk about tying your shoelaces.
Kaufman’s program plays out like this:
- Deconstruct the skill
- Learn enough to self-correct
- Remove practice barriers
- Practice for 20 hours
Applied to using the lathe, let’s break it down:
- Deconstruct the skill. I ultimately want to be able to turn wheels. This means I need to be able to do the following:
- Set up stock and tools
- Sharpen tools
- Turn to diameter
- Bore an accurate hole for the axle
- Make an indent in the face
- Part off a part
- Use a form tool
- Learn enough to self-correct. Okay, they said 20 hours of practice, not 20 hours of learning. I need 3-5 resources like books, DVDs, courses. Personally, I prefer books as they’re faster than watching DVDs. I checked the local library and they actually had nothing. Not even a single book on machining. So, I’ve ordered Tabletop Machining by Joe Martin from the Sherline website along with a couple of accessories I think will be useful. Does anyone have any great suggestions?
- Remove practice barriers. We don’t even own a TV. Check.
- Practice for 20 hours. Given we’re about to enter the silly season around here, and work is chewing up most of my time, I will aim to get those completed around Christmas.