I’ve thought a lot about what I like most about woodworking. There is one thing, not specific just to woodworking, that keeps me engaged, enables me to feel a sense of accomplishment, and encourages me to keep coming back to the bench:
I enjoy my other hobby, fly fishing, for similar reasons. The complicated set of events that have to come together in just the right order for a perfect cast to land a fly delicately in just the right place on a stream without spooking the fish begs belief in a higher being of some sort.
Mistakes are the mother of happiness.
At times this Shaker Step Stool left me about as happy as you can be without the aid of chemicals.
Of course if you aren’t looking for the errors, it looks just fine. Plus even with the gaps in the joints, it ought to be good for a hundred years or so.