30 in30 (Projects/Days)

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Blog series by Russel updated 06-14-2009 05:10 PM 5 parts 34973 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: Prelude

06-01-2009 02:04 AM by Russel | 7 comments »

Last November Scottb challenged himself to do 30 projects in 30 days. The idea struck me as rather interesting, but not something I was ready to commit to. Today, Scott has announced that he will do it again. Darryl decided that he too would take the challenge and has started his story. I wanted to join Scott back in November, but I didn’t have the guts. Today I throw my hat in the ring and commit to 30 projects in 30 days. While I do turn, it’s more of a filler activity f...

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Part 2: Day 1 - So It Begins

06-02-2009 12:15 AM by Russel | 9 comments »

It’s Day 1 and I have begun. I have three projects started, but those will come later. I figure that since most of what I do requires more than a day I’ll need to have multiples going at any given time. This way, while glue is drying here, I can be cutting or sanding over there. And, hopefully complete 30 distinct projects in the allotted 30 days. I will more than likely post completed projects once a week. I thought as an additional challenge, I would only use the lumber ...

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Part 3: Day 3 - Two Down

06-04-2009 01:37 AM by Russel | 8 comments »

It’s day 3 of the 30 in 30 challenge and things are moving along. So far, I’ve finished a pine wheelbarrow planter. These are pretty simple and go together rather quickly. The next is a cherry box for the wife of my lumber supplier. She asked for a box and this is what I made. I also have a LongWood Pen and a LongWood Pencil made with Ebony, but I haven’t taken any pictures yet, so those two don’t count yet. (No pictures, didn’t happen if I re...

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Part 4: Day #7 - Projects 3-12

06-08-2009 12:19 AM by Russel | 7 comments »

Okay, it’s Day 7, the end of the first week of the 30 projects in 30 days challenge. As of today, I’m a bit ahead of schedule, but for a reason. My daughter and grand daughter will be flying in from Arizona on Friday for the first time in about 2 years. So, I’m expecting my shop time to be diminished a bit. I’ve got 5 pens (actually 3 pens and 2 pencils) which are pretty straightforward and fortunately don’t require a lot of shop time. Being a novice turne...

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Part 5: 30 in 30 Midway Point

06-14-2009 05:10 PM by Russel | 11 comments »

Well, it’s half way through the 30 Projects in 30 Days Challenge and it’s time for a bit of a review. Or, What I Learn on My Summer Vacation. In two weeks, I have learned that if I need to, I can discipline myself to complete projects on a deadline. I have been known to start things and set them off to the side, but this challenge has put me into a position to complete what I start. That’s a good thing. Coming up with a regular stream of projects is no small feat. ...

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