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Forum topic by papadan posted 09-23-2009 12:13 AM 2298 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2009 12:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: goofy comical whimsical funny humor

OK everyone, I want to see your off the wall projects. You know the ones I am talking about. Things that have no real use or function, just fun to make. I will start with my “Cuckoo Clock” Frame is Canary wood, Cuckoo is Birdseye maple, clock is Purpleheart. I used a watch insert for the clock and a pendulam movement to rock the clock and cuckoo bird. Just messing around the shop one day and started using some project left overs I had laying around. Made this in 2006, still hanging in my kitchen.

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 01:03 AM

Here’s two.Utter Whimsy
I scrolled out the small rocking horse as a sort of “favor” that I attached to a Christmas gift for Mom one year. A while later, I was visiting my Parents and noticed they were using an old cardboard box on the back of their sofa in the den as a catch-all for the remote, and Mom’s glasses, etc. I figured I’d make her a quick tray for that stuff. When I gave it to her though, she combined the two, making this little shadowbox type of thing…
They still need a tray for the back of the couch… :)

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

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 03:28 AM

That would be this:

Still not sure what it is but it was my first parquetry piece and I really like it. (and one of these days, I’ll take a decent picture of it…)

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 08:37 AM

Here is a little something I came up with after seeing a piece of wood eaten by worms.

Wood Worm

Here is the project:

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 11:12 AM

Dan, this is a great idea. I wish I had something for you, but I guess my frivolous stuff is just junk and not amusing like the entries above. I loved your idea with the clock in the pendulum. I hope we will be seeing a lot more fun projects in this post. The other entries were great too. I think you actually have to be a little clever to do this kind of stuff.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-23-2009 12:22 PM

Mike, I really hope everyone posts thier items too. You have a scrap pile, see whats hiding in it! LOL

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#6 posted 09-23-2009 01:49 PM

Well, I had a bunch of pressure treated lumber, 2400 2 liter soda bottles and some electric motors so I looked at it all and made a boat. My wife saw a pipe organ but I said, “Naw, definitely a boat”. The only thing I hadn’t planned on was carving the rotating dragon head and my sister supplied the tiki torches. The rest was pretty much scrap stuff laying around.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 09-23-2009 05:41 PM

Wow! I couldn’t even make a boat like that with purchased kit. What an amazing bunch of fellow woodworkers!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 05:59 PM

I would show you mine but, it was so useless it got burned

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 09-23-2009 10:43 PM

I wouldn’t mind finding a boat in my scrap pile! Hey Gary, no excuses. LOL

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#10 posted 09-24-2009 03:51 AM

You need imagination to come up with these neat frivolous projects, something that I have always lacked. Most kids have all kinds of things they want to be when they grow up – I never did and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#11 posted 09-24-2009 06:01 PM

A great looking boat and a great resource recovery program.

-- 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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#12 posted 09-24-2009 06:53 PM

Nice boat I bet and hope you have lot’s of fun with it as you deserve it.I love clinker built boats they look very beautiful when you see them being constructed by hand.Kepp em coming.Alistair

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

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