I told her I could make a rough table out of 4x2 but not a presentable table for her lounge.
She completely failed to understand that and has kept asking and I have kept trying to explain my difficulty with the finesse required to successfully become a cabinet maker.
I remembered this conversation while reading a section of Dr Ian Hunter's excellent book Imagine.
He uses the example of Thomas Chippendale to explain his third pillar of innovation - knowledge.
Dr Hunter says: Intellect alone will not maximise your knowledge. Knowledge of others, knowledge of yourself, knowledge of your culture- while not academic pursuits, these are vital for innovation.
It's this self knowledge that Dr Hunter explores.
Chippendale had sideboards full of it and, in my fifth decade, I like to think that I have a fair dollop too (and, b.t.w. I also know my daughter).
Dr Hunter again - The innovator MUST have a cultivated knowledge of themselves: their strengths, their weaknesses, their abilities, and their limitations.
Chippendale knew he was a cabinet-maker and designer, but he was no businessman so he hired a succession of smart business partners.
Back to me - I know my building strengths, and I know my limitations. Given the tools, the resources, a good teacher, and a motivation to make a fine product I'm pretty sure I could make that coffee table.
But until then I'll aim not to be a hindrance to the cabinet making profession and stand over here.
A man's got to know his limitations ('Dirty' Harry Callahan).