My Super Sled is the demo item for this discussion:
This continues to be a technically interesting thing to build. Of course, I started out with a simple design more like Neil’s, but everyone has urged me to add all the gizmos…........and every gizmo prolongs the build. So LJ’s has slowed me down, but I will end up with a more versatile device.
I don’t know if LJ’s is gonna be a help or a hindrance in whatever the final product is like…......but I am sure LJ’s are gonna have an opinion about everything about it…...(-:
Seriously, this would not have worked out well without LJ’s.
Of course, John W. Nixon of Eagle Lake Woodworking is the inspiration for the super sled concept. And many of the features come from him.
But LJ’s, all along the way, have not only given advice on what I should consider to put on the sled, but also advice about the do’s and don’ts of construction. Multiple suggestions on materials, finish, size, weight, guards, etc. Not to mention the fact that I am copying things outright from Scott Bryan, MickeyD, and ohmygosh, even Neil….....(-:
I would say this is the first project I have done where I have presented the design (in Sketchup in this case) and then modified it according to suggestions from LJ’s at every step, as I actually started to construct it.
It makes the project longer, but since this is really a tool, not a piece of furniture, it makes sense to get a lot of help and opinions. Especially since I am a beginning woodworking hobbyist, but for those who don’t know me, a fairly experienced DIYer.
The first sled I ever saw for real, is the sled I am making.
So I thought there ought to be a name or description for this kind of approach, as distinguished from a number of projects where I just describe what I am doing as I progress to completion. This is different. I presented the concept before I started the sled. I even had a Skype – GoToMeeting session with DaveR about the Sketchup stuff, WOW…...what a learning process revolving around the people at LJ’s.
So I thought about this awhile. It is really a mentored project. It is mentored by LJ’s. So I am going to call it an LJ Mentored Project
So when I do this again, and it is inevitable, attributes of such a project will include:
LJ MENTORED PROJECT
(the following would be in various blog items)
1) Present plan before construction, whatever the plan format is.
2) Discuss purpose, materials, scope, etc.
3) Present the project at intervals during construction for comment and review.
4) Discuss results with special attention to problems, successes, innovation, and utility of the product.
5) State what I would do different if I were to do it again.
OK, for those of you rolling your eyeballs, this is a project where you ask advice before you start, during the construction, and then review the results for other people who might want to do the same thing…......pretty simple. The more description the better…....the more pictures the better…...everybody likes pictures….LJ’s would rather read comic books, and being an LJ, so would I…....get the drift?....(-:
So thanks to you that keep watching this never ending project, and special thanks to those who have mentored me…...this is sure a lot of fun…..........
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska