Looking at my own stats. So far I have posted 24 projects...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-26-2011 09:21 PM 2809 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And it got me to thinking, what is it about a project that makes me want to post it. In the time I have been a member here, I have done FAR more than just 24, not all involving wood, but many of them… Without reaching too deep into the memory banks, I can list 10 projects off hand, and I KNOW I have done a LOT more than just these…

#1. 12×12x24 cedar planter. I made this for LOML last srping, we are growing bluebonnets in it now.

#2. Fence and gate. Okay the gate didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, and I need to do some fennagling to get it square again, no sag hardware was an outright lie…

#3. 6’ kitty condo with pillow top. Simply put I can’t ever get a good picture of it. Kitty likes dragging junk up to the tiers of the condo… Maybe if I lock her in a different room, clean it up, take the pic, and let everything get to normal. My hands still hurt from wrapping all that sisal rope on the uprights for her to claw…

#4. Custom window sill replacement and kitchen cabinet trim. A friend had termites in the outside wall of his cabinet, I helped him rebuild the wall after the exterminators got rid of the termites, and he got rid of the Koi pond that attracted them in the first place. We custom milled in my shop the replacement window sill, and trim, as well as the replacement cabinet trim that got damaged in the tear down… He lost that house in the divorce from his ex wife back in January… She was nuts enough, probably not a bad deal, pay her the house to get out of his hair…

#5. Center Console for 1978 International Harvester Scout II. A friend is restoring his old Scout. He couldn’t find a factory console in good shape, so we built one out of BORG ply and another friend upholstered it. It houses the CB Radio, and a lunch box sized cooler for the tall boy Arizona iced tea. No wood visible on that, so why post it right?

#6. Friction fit caster leg inserts for my New Braunfels Bandera smoker. The OE plastic inserts busted out, so I made my own out of oak. Been working great for a year and a half now…

#7. Pressure Treated rear door stoop. My house is slab on grade construction like almost everything else here, there is some pier & beam, but not much… Anyway, They did not pour a concrete stoop, and the original wooden one rotted away. But how can you brag on face jointed / planed 4×4s glued up, then ripped to size, and then attached to the slab with Liquid Nails?

#8. Canoe rack. Okay repurposed saw horses, and an eye bolt set in a concrete footer. The eye bolt that is, not the saw horses…

#9. China Hutch trim and re finishing. A good friend of LOML had dog chewed trim on a very nice cherry china hutch. I milled and installed the replacement trim. And with her husband, refinished the piece.

#10. Custom milled and installed obsolete door jamb trim in my main bathroom.

I think at least a couple of these, like the China Hutch repair, the Kitty Condo, the Center Console, and the planter deserved to be posted as projects… I now wonder why I didn’t snap photos and post them up…

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Jim Bertelson

4179 posts in 3188 days

#1 posted 05-26-2011 10:50 PM

Well, I have posted no projects, but I have decided to reclassify things. I have blogged on a bunch of stuff that should really be projects so that people could find them easier. I also have at least one older project to post, and a couple of new ones. If I wait for that fine piece of woodwork that my wife would be pleased with, it might be another 5 years at my pace. Oh well.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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392 posts in 3609 days

#2 posted 05-27-2011 01:32 PM

Sometimes it’s time, and sometimes it’s desire.

I feel no need to share the cross cut sleds, the router fence, or miter sled that I’ve built. Just me. There’s postings of those who have built said same and put them in the projects list, and they’re fine work. Just not my cup of coffee.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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2246 posts in 2716 days

#3 posted 05-28-2011 08:30 PM

I try to post the kind of things that I think other LJs are most likely to build. I don’t have much of a demand for the nicer more expensive woodworking these days. Most of the things that I make are for commercial ventures and ether prohibitively expensive or not very interesting to fellow LJs.

Example; Who would want to see a set of stairs made of dimensional lumber for the 1000+ time, or a domed ceiling in a rectangular room, just the framing, or a 3 story timber framed bridge connecting apartment buildings with a stair tower in the middle.

I think most LJs like too see ether the kind of project they themselves can build in their on shop or something they want to build someday.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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