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What's your woodworking dream?

by RussellAP
posted 04-19-2012 06:37 PM


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Bertha

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 07:01 PM

^can I borrow yours? :) That table is magnificent. I have it bad…admitted…but I immediately thought of what a nice workbench that slab would make. It’s gorgeous.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 07:03 PM

My dream / goal in woodworking since i started a few years ago is to build a Maloof Rocker. I think its the true test of a woodworker. So many intricate joints and details, id love to build and own one someday. Interesting Post RP.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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dbray45

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 07:08 PM

I just like makin stuff. Complicated or simple, challenging or easy, painted or varnished – its all good.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 07:09 PM

I’ve always greatly admired the Newport, RI styles by the likes of Townsend and Goddard ….

I’d love to make a block front chest…

or a low boy…

not that I have the talent or time…

but you did say “dream”

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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dbhost

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 07:21 PM

All of these I would want to do in a mix of Walnut and Maple, I know not exactly the style of mission, but it intrigues me. The last one, the blanket chest would be a series of them. 2 narrower and taller to act as sofa end tables, one made substantially wider to act as a game cabinet / coffee table, and then 1 made in oiled and waxed pine to match the master bedroom furnishings.

And lastly, something every living room needs…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 07:23 PM

Either one of these:

or one of these:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dallas

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 07:36 PM

My goal is to build a box or a drawer that is really square and true.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Bertha

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 07:38 PM

Me and Charlie are dead ringers for style taste. I’d make that tambour secretary out of a different wood but PA highboys and secretaries are my stuff of dreams.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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TDog

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#9 posted 04-19-2012 07:41 PM

The project I am hanging on the edge of my seat and wallet to make right now is

Dr. White’s Chest

from the book titled

How To Build Shaker Furniture written by Thomas Moser

It’s an enormous case piece that can hold most of the necessities of clothes etc.
It’s just huge and balanced. You can check it out online at his business site or in the book hardcover or kindle version.

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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TDog

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#10 posted 04-19-2012 07:42 PM

http://www.thosmoser.com/inc/scripts/image.php?file_id=2133&w=365&h=275&f=gt&mask=&file_cache_name=dr_PRD__whites_chest_3

Here a link to check out the large piece.

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 04-19-2012 07:44 PM

Beautiful big solid coffee table. Also the other things are allso lovely too great post.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Mosquito

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#12 posted 04-19-2012 07:49 PM

I’m with dbray45… I just like creating. My ‘dream’ is that it continues to be my outlet. Takes me to a less stressful “happier” place… My escape, if you will.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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crank49

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#13 posted 04-19-2012 07:50 PM

My dream would be to finish my shop exactly like I have designed it, finish the remodel of the kitchen/dining/gathering room and build the original design dining room table I have planed to go in there. Only thing holding me back is no time and no money; otherwise, I’m ready to go.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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489tad

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 07:56 PM

My dream would be build a kayak, my goal is just to get a really nice finish on anything I make.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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DKV

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#15 posted 04-19-2012 08:43 PM

I’m a contemporary kind of guy and I think this use of plywood to sculpt a beautiful table is fantastic.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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NiteWalker

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#16 posted 04-19-2012 10:13 PM

My woodworking dream is a nice cozy 1 car garage insulated and heated shop.
I’m working towards it.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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ShaneA

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#17 posted 04-19-2012 10:17 PM

I would like to build something, anything…that I can look back on in a few yrs and think I did a good job. Now, and probably in the future too, when I look at a project, I see the “flaws” first. Guess that is not the best way to see things, but it is my reality. Good topic Russell.

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Bill White

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#18 posted 04-19-2012 10:28 PM

Spend a week with Roy Underhill and a bottle of single malt.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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NBeener

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#19 posted 04-19-2012 11:24 PM

Oh, TDog:

For me, the Thos Moser catalog is WW porn.

I’d like to build one of ANYTHING from their line…..

-- -- Neil

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DS

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#20 posted 04-19-2012 11:28 PM

For me, the dream is to be able to afford the things that I build for other people’s homes in my own home.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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RussellAP

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#21 posted 04-19-2012 11:29 PM

NBeener, he does have some great stuff.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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AKSteve

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#22 posted 04-19-2012 11:33 PM

DKV that is an awesome piece! where did you find that?? I like more artsy fartsy kind of stuff, but with old style techniques, mostly by hand, I like alot of Asian influence.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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onninn2

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#23 posted 04-20-2012 12:47 AM

My dream would be a 1000sq ft shop with a guest house above. Since I live in Las Vegas I am always having company

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DIYaholic

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#24 posted 04-20-2012 01:16 AM

My dream is to finish my shop setup, then complete my first project from my shop. A flag case for my father’s burial flag. It will be a gift to my mother.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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NBeener

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#25 posted 04-20-2012 01:22 AM

Randy: a beautiful and admirable goal. The best kind of WW project, IMHO.

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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Martyroc

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#26 posted 04-20-2012 01:33 AM

There are so many things I would love to create it’s hard to pick. If I had the time and money I would probably continue to try and build something that is not normally made of wood. As always the challenge is when someone tells me “you can’t make that!” I will spend whatever time it takes to construct that item. If I had to choose I would love to build a grandfather clock, complete with ornate carvings, I am not a carver but a sculpted box or even one of Lydias figures would be nice.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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EPJartisan

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#27 posted 04-20-2012 01:36 AM

My only woodworking dream at this moment, is to actually be able pay both my assistant AND myself at the same time.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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EPJartisan

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#28 posted 04-20-2012 01:41 AM

WAIT.. what i really want to do for woodworking is write a book of each tree species.. complete with it’s biology and ecology, woodworking workability, identification, scientific research, photos, historical uses, and mythical properties from legends and literature.. but that is “retirement talk” for me more than “dreams”. BUT hey what a resource that could be.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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derosa

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#29 posted 04-20-2012 02:55 AM

I’ll join with the people that say a proper workshop. A lot of those pieces look to be in the realm of a good many here. just seems that many of us lack the time and/or money. I need the space because if I could get the time to practice and the money to buy the tools it wouldn’t matter, most wouldn’t fit through the door of my shop.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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RussellAP

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#30 posted 04-20-2012 03:11 PM

Jonathan, did you stain the sapwood on that walnut?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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ChrisK

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#31 posted 04-20-2012 03:21 PM

I want to build a cold mold boat. I want a shop capable of from scratch build a 30 to 40 foot inboard mahogany monster.

I would settle for building a 18 foot plywood runabout.

-- Chris K

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Tennessee

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#32 posted 04-20-2012 06:24 PM

My dream, (and I’m running out of time!), is to have a nice shop where I can be building a guitar on one end, move over to my lathe and learn how to make one of those wooden cowboy hats on another end, and go to another point in the shop where I would be making a chest, or maybe a double-drop leaf table. Too much?
Oh, and level floors and 240 single phase in more than one spot in the shop!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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dbray45

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#33 posted 04-20-2012 06:44 PM

You are pushing it when you wanted more power LOL :-)

-- David in Damascus, MD

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bench_dogg

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#34 posted 04-21-2012 03:40 AM

I hope to someday build a timber frame hut deep in the woods.

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a1Jim

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#35 posted 04-21-2012 04:48 AM

I hope to build a bombe chest on chest before I die . like this one

https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSxBnT60diFVRLzsueOTUExncETGf--5QYBV5H6VW-SMNc5hugZ

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#36 posted 04-21-2012 04:59 AM

The first thind I’d like to make, is time. Once I have that figured out I’d like to make a real workbench so I can make other stuff.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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derosa

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#37 posted 04-21-2012 05:05 AM

I’d don’t blame you for wanting to build something like that Jim, that would be an significant achievement.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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DS

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#38 posted 04-23-2012 04:42 PM

I want to build a 4-axis CNC machine in my garage which would allow me to make 3D carvings and other woodworking accoutrements to keep me busy in my “retirement”. That is still a few years down the road yet.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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jusfine

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#39 posted 04-23-2012 06:22 PM

I need to get the small things out of my shop (finish them), and work on some things I have been planning and drooling over for a few years now.

Would like to build more Greene and Greene style furniture, I love the details.

When I think of how they crafted their furniture over 100 years ago (and then there were buffalo running around where I live now), it amazes me…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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BTimmons

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#40 posted 04-23-2012 07:34 PM

My woodworking dream?

Simple. To turn a profit making something I like.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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YorkshireStewart

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#41 posted 04-23-2012 07:47 PM

I really must make a start on my acoustic guitar. I’ve had the wood set aside for a few years and, most days I bump my head on the jigs I already made! So the dream is to play that first chord!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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