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Project by Russel posted 07-01-2009 12:13 AM 1774 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know I said I was bowing out of the 30 Projects in 30 Days challenge. But, without thinking about it, it looks like I actually completed it. Actually, there are a couple other experiments that I am not counting as projects. Those may go in the “Post Your Worst” thread.

After Rustic offered to place some of my boxes in his booth at the craft mall I had a chat with the Mrs. We thought that it would be difficult to take up Rustic on his offer being across the state and all, but the craft mall was an interesting idea. So, she is looking into the local craft malls to see what’s involved.

Working under the assumption that she would find a place she liked, I decided to begin an inventory. The small chair I made for my granddaughter seemed like something that might work in a craft mall, so I made four more.

I make a small, simple bench that actually sold rather well at the one craft show I did. My sister-in-law mentioned she would like one, so I promised her I would make one for her. This one is made out of piece of cherry that was just hanging out in the shop.

Of course, boxes are the things I make when I can’t think of anything else to make. This one is made of tiger maple with spalted maple wrapped in walnut for the top. It was a small piece of spalted maple I had left that just wanted to be a box top. The box is 5×7 x 3 and finished with wipe-on poly.

Finally, Penn State had a special on their “Executive” pen kits. 8 kits with blanks, bushings and drill bit for about $60. So I bought it. I also bought a few of the Sketch Pencil kits and I had a cigar kit I found.

While my daughter was here, I introduced her to pen turning and she really liked it. That used up the couple kits I had and why I bought the other kits. I kinda went pen crazy and before I knew it, there were 10 pen/pencils sitting on the table.

So, all in all, during the 30 days in June I made 34+ things in the shop. Some of which were pretty simple and some a little more involved, but all quite entertaining.

-- Working at Woodworking

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View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 07-01-2009 12:23 AM

Well a big congrats 30 plus well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 12:27 AM

Those chairs are really cute. Are those ebony or walnut plugs covering the screws?

How tall is the bench? From the pic it looks taller than the chairs.

You know what you should do with the boxes? Build each new one a little larger that the previous one. Then you could “store” the previous one in the new one. This can go on and on until you are making boxes out of full sheets of baltic birch ply. :-)

The pen and pencils are nice . . . but not as nice as that ebony set that you sent me. They have taken over as my daily writing instruments at work. I love them and I get a lot of +ve comments. People automatically think that I made them . . . but I confess that I did not . . . and then I tell the story on how I got them. Tks again.

-- BLOG -

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 12:38 AM

Thanks Jim.

Zuki, the chair seats are about 7.5 inches tall and the back is about 18 inches. The plugs are walnut. The bench is 18 inches tall, 22 inches wide and about 11 inches deep. And, no, I am not going to build boxes to hold boxes. That’s just silly. ;-)

As for the pen/pencil set, I’m sure a story about the unexpected package from a crazy foreigner being received by a cautious wife is much more entertaining than, “Hey look what I made.”

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 01:21 AM

ta da!! Well done

great projects. LOVE that table!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 02:50 AM

Well done Russel,

Good luck on the craft mall idea. I have more pics of my booth that I will post soon. I have added a few items.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 07-01-2009 03:17 AM

congratulations russel on exceeding your 30-in-30 challenge!
everything looks great, best of luck in the local craft malls.

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#7 posted 07-01-2009 03:49 AM

You set out on the challenge, thought you got in over your head, yet finished anyway. A true Lumberjock indeed… not only completing, but beating the goal. Congratulations.

I too have a couple of experiments I could have counted, – but still chose to get something else posted anyway…. plus a few things that need a little more work (or some help) and will make fine projects someday (hopefully sooner than later)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

View Russel's profile


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#8 posted 07-01-2009 11:59 AM

Thanks Rustic.

Darryl and Scottb, it’s been an interesting experience and it was kinda fun not doing it alone. I found that I am much more productive when I have an external motivation. I’m a pretty pragmatic guy for the most part and doing things simply because I want to often strikes me as sterile. A little voice in the back of my head keeps saying, “You know you could be doing something useful.”

Still, good things came from the exercise.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 07-02-2009 03:22 AM

Russel Nice job on the seats A beautiful job. Congratulations on finishing your 30 in 30.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-02-2009 12:12 PM

Thanks Karson. While my daughter and granddaughter were here, the little one dragged her chair everywhere she went. I’m guessing she liked it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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