2 Year Project Finally Complete

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 09-28-2009 05:47 AM 1578 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Crossin’ it off the list!

It was just a small project but one that I had neglected since December 2008 and since October 2007 before that. That was the original start date.

Anyway, I finished it up today and Mama’s happy so everybody’s happy. I also reclaimed a little space that it was taking up in the shop. It is amazing how those little projects eat up space on the shelves.

Exercise Discipline

I should make a rule that once a project is started I can’t quit working on it until it is done. I have to allow for overlap of projects because I almost always have 2 or 3 going at once. I juggle well but personal projects always fall to being entirely neglected.

I am disciplined in the areas of organization and keeping the shop tight and in working order. I just need to work on this area for well rounded shop discipline.

More to come

I will get more photos out later. I just got a couple tonight because we had company for dinner and I did not have enough time.


Ahhh – no more shame. Project Complete.

Peace, Love, & Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 05:59 AM

Stunning as always Todd….....nice job

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 06:05 AM

Stellar job, Todd, stellar. I’ve never seen any wood like that. Very unusal.
“Got ‘er done”

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 07:58 AM

Beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful Todd, LOVE the wood combination and the design as well.
Is that spalted curly maple? I posted a box with a top made of the same type of design.

Love the design of this project and am also very happy to see that I am not the only one who lets the
family projects slide….................... “the cobblers kids never have shoes”!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 10:55 AM

Congratulations, Todd, on the great looking piece, but more importantly on finally finishing it!! ;)
You’re posts are always a pleasure to read! Thank you for sharing your journey…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 12:09 PM

Todd, this turned out gorgeous and I am sure Rita understands why it took awhile to finish. Like you said personal projects just do not pay the bills.

The wife of a friend, who is a pro, had to hire another carpenter to put on a bathroom door in their master bedroom. They had been living in the house for 3 years and using a shower curtain as a temporary fix. When I laughingly asked him about this he said that (1) he does this everyday at his job and (2) he loses money if he has to take time off to work on his home.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 09-28-2009 02:41 PM

Genious Todd, you finally figured out the secret, keep the wife happy and life is good.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 09-28-2009 03:09 PM

Absolutely great piece.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 09-28-2009 03:47 PM

Beautiful, your work is always beautiful.

-- Robin, California

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#9 posted 09-28-2009 03:51 PM

Todd: another amazing piece of work. A great job. And a happy customer.

Life is good.

-- 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 09-28-2009 04:02 PM

you have a great eye for design and your execution is top notch as always. I’ve learned a lot from you over the past couple years. Thanks.

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#11 posted 09-28-2009 04:43 PM

wonderful as always

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 09-28-2009 05:08 PM

Very nice, as usual.

Advantage—small shop. Like, in my shop(?) you can ONLY have one project going at a time. No room to spare. So, you get one done before starting something else. That helps when it comes time to “exercise discipline” as you suggest. Okay, not as much fun… but…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#13 posted 09-28-2009 05:31 PM

Well worth the wait! Looks amazing. Well done.

-- PAI

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#14 posted 09-28-2009 05:43 PM

okay…of all the people who don’t need to kick themselves it would be you…and on the other side of that coin (or the same really) a busy woodworker is not a bad problem…

great project…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 09-28-2009 06:36 PM

drool, drool drool, those draw fronts are just gorgeous!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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