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Blog entry by JohnAjluni posted 04-11-2011 02:37 AM 3712 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 12:39 PM

Hey! We’ve all been there. I’m not even finished with my current project and I’m already worried about what I’m going to do next. Go here to check out some of the plans they have. I’m not saying you need to buy plans, but sometimes I get ideas for more simpler project just by looking at the plans they have and building my own version.
You may also think about in the future buying up old woodworking magazines. I get a lot of ideas and plans from those. That doesn’t always take much money. I have probably a hundred magazines and most of them were bought at yard sales.


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#2 posted 04-11-2011 05:50 PM

Hey John, it can be difficult to come up with ideas or know what to do next. With me, it’s usually that I have too many things I want to do next and can’t decide which one to do first. There’s a bunch of things you could make though. Depends on what kind of stuff you like to make or what you need. You could make a set of coasters or maybe a knife block to go with your cutting board. Maybe a valet to hold keys and a wallet. Maybe some candle holders or picture frames. You could also make a small shelf or bookcase. I see you’re into computers, perhaps a wooden computer case. I’ve seen a number of good ones on here. Perhaps it doesn’t even need to be a project. Jigs are very useful in the shop so maybe you could make a specific jig of some sort.

Anyway, I hope you come up with something good and we’ll look forward to your next video.

-- Matt -

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 08:03 AM

Yeah, I often struggle with ideas. Sometimes I don’t have any idea what to make until Saturday morning. I keep a little notebook of ideas I have from time-to-time, though. Sometimes I’ll run across something at a store and think, “I could make that”. Garage sales are also a great source of inspiration: lots of weird old things to reverse engineer.

I also try to think about things I could actually use around the house, or something that I really need.

Also, Google Images is a great idea source. For instance, search for “cutting boards” and you’ll probably come across something that sparks an idea. Do something similar, but with a new spin.

Another thing I’ve leaned from making videos is that every project can’t be a killer project. Sometimes I fail miserably, but I just try to find an angle in which to present it and focus on the process more than the project. The project I shot for next Friday is utterly simple (stupid). I realized that it’s really only about a 30 second video, so I am going to remove the sound and pad it out with nonsense. Haha!

Good luck!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 08:34 AM

i always start cleaning the shop
by the time i’m done
i have figured out what to do next

or sometimes i start by not cleaning the shop
by the time i’m done

i’m asleep

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 09:06 AM

Make a two-fisted shillelagh. A great conversation starter (or heated debate ender) for certain.

Hey, you asked for ideas. I didn’t think you would be into a box or a pen, you know.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 01:43 PM

This old house web site always has same good progects.
take a look,,20474804,00.html?xid=hinewsletter-110412-hammer

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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