What Kind of Woodworking Best Matches Your Personality?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Kind of Woodworking Best Matches Your Personality?
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About This Quiz

After making stone tools and turning animal skins into fabrics, woodworking was one of the first established human crafts to stand the test of time. From building simple shelters to constructing Chippendale end tables, woodworking has solved the needs of humanity, both mundane and complex. Wooden art and furniture pieces have survived centuries of use and abuse. Wooden tools buried in the earth have survived thousands of years. Even wooden structures as old as Woodhenge have left a detectable imprint on history.

Woodworking is as essential to modern industry as it ever was. With applications in many crafts outside woodworking, the craft enables painters to stretch canvases, musicians to play their instruments and for IKEA to mass-manufacture furniture for college students and young professionals the world over.

Furthermore, woodworking is often a skill people learn something about. Some people will take a shop class in high school where they learn how to assemble wooden objects with drills, screws, nails and dovetails. Others might learn something at a summer camp, trade school or DIY course. At some point in life, everyone finds themselves searching the walls of their homes for a stud onto which they can hang something. Woodworking is very much a living part of our lives. So which style best matches your personality?

What kind of TV do you enjoy?
Magic shows, mysteries, brainy stuff
Reality competition shows, like Knife or Death
Antiques Roadshow, etc.
Prime time shows

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How do you express yourself creatively?
I learn difficult things I can perform for others.
I journal.
I scrapbook.
I just internalize my feelings and let them come out at work.

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What would be your dream job?
CERN scientist
Film director
Interior designer
High finance investor

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How high do you aim with your life goals?
I aim fairly high.
I aim for what I can hit.
I shoot the moon.
I aim for the ground.

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How do you spend your train commute?
Doing crossword puzzles
Writing about my feelings
Drawing other commuters
Playing games on my phone

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What kind of live entertainment do you like best?
Brain stunts, like magic squares, cubing, etc.
Circus acts
Ballet
Football

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How house proud are you?
Not all that proud
A little!
I'm very house proud.
I'm just proud I have one.

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How much of a workaholic are you?
I will lose all sense of time.
I'll get really into things for hours at a time.
I'm very careful not to work too long.
I'll work until the job is done.

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How playful are you?
Very! I take it seriously though.
A little. I have a twinkle in my eye.
I'm very playful. It keeps me young.
Not at all

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How likely are you to share your feelings with people who aren't your really close friends and family?
I would, if they were a professional, like a therapist.
I might, if I feel we have a connection.
I might, if they have a pulse.
I don't share my feelings.

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How technical is your work?
Extremely
A little
Quite a bit
Not very

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Do you operate best as part of a team, or on your own?
I'm a loner.
I like working as an element of a team.
I love being in charge of a project.
I love being the head of a team.

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Which of these competitive sports are you best at?
Chess
Strategy E-sports
Croquet
Baseball

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How much do you procrastinate?
A lot
A little
Only to get my mind ready
I don't.

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How difficult do you find it is to talk to other people?
Very. I'm awkward.
Not very. People aren't too complicated.
It's easy. People are all more or less the same.
I only find it difficult to open up about my feelings.

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How much do you like to read?
It's one of my very favorite things.
A lot. I do a little every day.
A bit. I wish I had more time for it.
Not much. I'll read the sports page, though.

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Do you enjoy an intellectual challenge?
That's my jam.
Certain kinds, yes
Only if it's well within my wheelhouse
Only if I have help with it

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How important is perfection to you?
Oh, I'm a total perfectionist.
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
Perfect is in the eye of the beholder.
Perfect is just another word for overkill.

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How practical are your long-term plans?
Fairly practical
Not at all practical
A little impractical
Very practical

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How much are you willing to spend extra time on what is otherwise "good enough"?
Oh, I'll beat that dead horse all night long.
Good can very quickly tip into awful. I don't want to work harder only to wind up in trouble.
I'll spend as much time as needed to be really sure it's all as good as it can be.
None

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What style of art do you like the best?
Abstract expressionist
Primitive
Baroque
Bauhaus

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How much time can you spend working at a desk?
I'll sit there for days.
I'll need to get up and walk every few hours. I get restless.
I'll need to get outside just to feel inspired.
I can't. Not for a minute.

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How important to you is professional respect?
Fairly important
Not that important
Extremely important
It matters, but not all that much.

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Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one?
I want to be very good, but not necessarily the best, at two.
Master of one
Can I be a jack of some trades and pretty good at one?
Jack of all trades, to be sure.

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What industry is most similar to yours?
Data analysis
Media
Marketing
Service industry

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How detail-oriented are you?
I'm all about the details.
About the average
I'm very detail-oriented, but I won't get hung up.
Not at all

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How easily can you zoom out to see the big picture of your work, and then get back to the details?
Very easily
I'm either macro or micro, but not both.
Sometimes I can't.
I can do it, but not well.

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How long was your longest romantic relationship?
A few months
A few days
A few weeks
A few years

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How's your relationship with your parents?
We're very close.
I see them at the holidays.
I spend time with them when I can.
I see them mostly via Skype.

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Which vacation sounds like the sort of thing you'd be into?
A trip to see Bletchley Park
Visiting the pyramids in Egypt
A week in Paris, to see The Louvre
A trip to Monticello

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