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Project by Paul posted 03-21-2007 12:00 AM 2427 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have three main hobbies: 1. Woodworking 2. Collecting Old Fishing Tackle 3. Collecting Old Woodworking Tools

My wife and I came to an agreement a few years ago that my hobbies needed to be self-sustaining. In other words, no capital influx from the family budget. To that end, I moonlight a bit, peddle and barter. I’ve sold collections that I’ve accumulated and enjoyed in order to attend week-long woodworking classes. I build and refinish things for friends and others in order to buy a tool or two out of whatever I charge beyond the materials cost. I don’t seek anything close to a living wage from what I do. I do it for the experience/skill building and to keep the hobbies supplied and going.

Here’s some things I’ve built to peddle, barter and trade at old tackle shows:

1. Custom Displays – the lidded display boxes and stands are separate, there’s a piece of plate glass mounted inside the boxes with glass door hinges to protect the displayed tackle below, the interior of the lids are marquetry (wood veneers cut and assembled into a picture). Since spouses don’t always appreciate our collections, I designed the display to be an attractive piece of furniture with the lid closed. Heddon and Creek Chub are two of the most popular old tackle companies to collect. So many Ooooos and Ahhhhs, but so few willing to pay!

2. Dip nets

3. Table-top Oak Storage Chests for collectable tackle – believe me there’s a lot of collectors that can fill several of these! They’re based on a machinist chest but the drawers are divided into compartments like a tackle box. Unfortunately most collectors I’ve met would rather spend their money on the next old lure or reel than an attractive organizational chest like this. Ditto on the Ooooos and Ahhhhs

These were all speculation pieces and I didn’t get near the value of my time out of them. So I try to relax and repeat the mantra – “you’re working on experience and skill!” and as long as I have enough that the hobbies “break even,” I’m good. (Added pics December 2013)

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 03-21-2007 12:03 AM

breaking even is good!! I bet your wife is pleased.

The pieces are beautiful and somewhere, someone is wishing they had that storage unit AND is willing to pay for it!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-21-2007 03:23 AM

Nice… do you go to the sporting shows..


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#3 posted 03-21-2007 03:54 AM

Fishing and woodworking…could this be heaven?

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#4 posted 03-21-2007 04:42 AM


I have a better idea so that you can sustain your hobbies. Find your wife a second job. If you can convince her of this, let me know how you did it so I can try to convince my wife of the same thing!

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#5 posted 03-21-2007 05:36 AM

Lol, I second that Paul. I have similar interests. My fishing tackle collection has been pretty static for a while and relegated to boxes in the garage by my wife. I try to keep my love of old tools in check and not collect for collections sake. I’m finding that I’m having limited success in this area. I find that good quality tools beg to be taken home.

I really like the oak storage chest. It really fits the bill.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 03-22-2007 01:48 PM

Nice stuff! Is that a price tag on the chest? Beautiful work.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 06-30-2007 03:44 PM

I saw the Creek Chub box on the home page and it reminded me that when I was at an antique sale earlier in the month I saw a guy with 30-40 creek chub lures in boxes. The condition and art on the boxes was wonderful. Since I was looking for tools I successfully avoided taking any home.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 04-01-2008 04:33 AM

Haven’t been up to much lately. But, I am preparing to attend an antique tackle show at the end of the month (April 08).

I’m building another speculative custom display like in the upper right of the first picture to go around the marquetry in the second picture I already have on hand . I stained the piece this evening.

I had a single net on hand, so some time ago I laminated a frame for it like in the first picture . I finally finished it after letting it hang rough on a nail in my shop for a long time just like it came out of the form.

If I can find the time, I may build another storage case per the third picture and a table top display case also pictured in my projects. Unlike any other, I’ve actually sold things at this show the past two years.

-- Paul, Texas

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#9 posted 04-01-2008 11:08 AM

Well, if you are breaking even you are doing better than most of us (hobbiests) here.

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#10 posted 04-01-2008 04:25 PM

Love that storage chest in the third picture.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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