Honey Do List #1: Planned Projects

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Blog entry by cpt_hammer posted 12-24-2007 01:53 AM 1136 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife and I recently bought a new house after living in an apartment for the past few years. We have found that while our 1200 sq. ft. apartment was full of furniture, that same furniture does not fill a 3750 sq. ft. house as well. As a result my wife after recently discovering my love for woodworking as tasked with a very long honey do list. Here is a brief synopsis of the items she has tasked me to build:

  • Entertainment Center – designed to match our current coffee table and end tables.
  • Toybox with attached bookcase
  • Executive Style Desk
  • Daybed with Trundle Bed

Additionally, I want to build the following items:

  • Wall-to-Wall Bookcases for the office
  • Improve the kitchen cabinets with crown molding and interior drawers for cabinets
  • Wainscoting for the office
  • Workbench for the Garage (I use 1 car stall currently)

Since I’m a beginning woodworker and I have only built a few things since high school. My following blogs will show how I’m progressing on my projects. I look forward to any suggestions, comments, or advice anyone could provide me with. I also plan to posts my drawings of plans for each of the projects so that I can get some feedback before I build these items.

I look forward to hearing from all of you and sharing ideas with all you great lumberjocks!

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 02:07 AM

Welcome to LJs! That’s quite a honey-do list you’ve got there. Wow—- you’ve got your work cut out for you. You’ve come to the right place for advise and encouragement. The community here is made up of all levels of skill and everyone is wiling to share tips, advise and encouragement.

I look forward to your blogs and maybe somewhere along the way, I might be able to help you as well.

Happy holidays to you and yours in your new home!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 02:21 AM

Merry Christmas, And it sounds to me like an open list to Santa. If you need (any) new tools, well here’s your chance.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 02:52 AM

Merry Christmas, and yeah…what Gene says….Honey do?? Honey I need tools to do :>) Your going to be busy for quite a while.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 04:36 AM

Wow – are you ever in a great position to justify the purchase of new tools!

I just went over to view your workshop and see what you had to work with. You have a good start on the basics for tools. While the wish list is never ending for all of us, here are a couple of reasonable tool suggestions.

You should look into a biscuit joiner and a Kreg Jig for pocket screws. I did a blog on joinery for beginners a few weeks ago and talked about using these modern methods of joinery. While I love and appreciate the traditional methods they still are time consuming for me and for the beginner they can be daunting. The time consuming joinery can be frustrating, although practice does produce efficiency.

You should also have a planer. You don’t need a big 15” model but a 12” or 13” lunch box planer works really well.

I also have to recommend a jointer. I could not live without the jointer. Don’t wast your money on the benchtop models. Most guys get a 6”, but get one with the longest bed you can find.

I just checked again and I did not see a router listed. Buy a router kit that has a fixed base and a plunge base. That would get you started.

These are very reasonable items especially if you are really planning on building your own furniture. As I stated before, the wish list is never ending, but these are not unreasonable items. Based on the posted project I would say you have the potential to build some nice pieces.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 05:20 AM

Wow! I am in a similar situation as you. I just bought a home a few months back, but lucky me it came with a 24X40 shop. I converted it to a woodshop (sometimes I feel like I am still trying to convert it). My wife is always asking me to make this and that for her, especially since we have this new home, which is much bigger than our last. Once I finish the tablesaw that I have been working on, I’ll be able to get back to some woodworking and start posting some projects. She now wants me to make a toy chest with a seat on top for my daughter Rayne.

Good luck, and if you need any help with anything at all, I live right across the river from West Virginia (unfortunately the other side though)..

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#6 posted 12-24-2007 05:28 AM

My suggestions are Kitchen molding. 1st. It will help the better half in her most used room.
2 Toy Box. You will learn some new skills there.
3 wainscoting for your office. Some style and rain construction that will be needed for the entertainment center job later.
4 daybed and Trundle, Maybe this one should be 3 since it’s on her list and move yours down.
5 Workbench. Maybe up higher if you don’t have anything to work on.
6 Entertainment center
7 bookcase for office
8 Desk for the office. maybe reverse with bookcase.

Some of the easier jobs will give you some skills and practice pieces for the harder stuff.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 12-25-2007 04:17 AM

Very wise Karson. I like your perspective on his blog.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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