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10-14-2009 05:22 AM

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What is your dream project?

When you get enough money, time, experience or inspiration, what would it be?

Maybe a small boat, period furniture, carving, or segmented bowl?

I’d like to share mine. I’m calling it a “Remembrance Table” The inspiration for this came from – my mother-in-law. She had setup a hall table (or sofa table) against a wall, and on it were pictures of relatives and loved ones that had passed on. In the middle front of all these photos was a single votive candle, which reminded me of the racks of votive candles found in many Catholic churches, something like this:

Only, with one single candle.

Above it, hung a sizable portrait of Jesus.

I found this all very touching.

This is were the Remembrance Table concept comes in. The table she has was rather plain ( and maybe that is good) , and I just think that something more….I dunno….special, would be appropriate.

Just WHAT exactly that is, I don’t know. I’ve been mulling about designs in my mind for some time. It can’t just be a hall table, or sofa table, but something more distinctive. It has to be pretty obvious what this piece is for.

Anyhow, that’s my dream project – once I can figure it out!

How about you?

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 05:37 AM

what a neat idea…sharing dream projects.

My dream project is very time progressive. I grew up with oak cabinetry as my father was a cabinet maker but my choice of wood is pine. My dream is to have all pine furniture at some point in my life – for myself and to be able to pass them on to my children. So far I have a pine table that I use for my computer but could be put to better use; a pine chest with a drawer that opens to both sides and the top lid is split so can be opened at both ends, and a pine night table. Hoping to build a pine linen cabinet for my bathroom this winter and next summer plan is to travel to Michigan where a friend is willing to build a Tv cabinet with me – he also enjoys working with pine from scratch – milling, the whole bit. After that who knows what project I’ll be pining about.

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 05:45 AM

My marriage.

After that—I would, some day, like to build a small little sail boat. I would sail it up and down the napa river…and maybe out into the San Pablo Bay…

Of course I know nothing about sailing—and know not much more about woodworking…so this is a LOOOONG term project…maybe 5 years…

Shorter term dream…well I would like to go from my outdoor projects to some nice furniture…our house is filled up with my wife’s furniture her dad built…and my crap from college that I bought at thrift stores…all these years later—-I still have one of those $10 dressers…

My first project along these lines will be a set of nice Morris Chairs…I am ready to go for those…but thin I am going to wait until after the round of Christmas projects coming up…

Ok…the boat really is the big dream…great question…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 08:21 AM

A segmented turning. Preferably something with several hundred pieces. Lots of style and even more patience.


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

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 08:54 AM

I’d build a clipper ship and set sail. The lil’ woman likes to cruise. She could cruise anywhere she wants to go :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 09:27 AM

A new timberframe shop!! Somewhere in the neighborhood of 30X50 and close to the beach

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

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 10:52 AM

I would build my own house on enough acrage so I wouldn’t have to worry about the neighbors hearing me working all hours of the night. And furniture to furnish it.

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 11:05 AM

my favorite dream is to be able to travel ,
and meet and work in the various shops with my LJ buddys !

and share our knowledge .

when they run out of wood ,
i would move on to the next shop ,

and refrigerator ! (LOL)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 11:38 AM

my project dream is something like this, by Riowood1000:-

I can’t seam to be able to creat a link on selected word. How you all do it?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 10-14-2009 02:54 PM

My dream is to one day have the skill and the time to build something like this for myself:

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

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#10 posted 10-14-2009 03:17 PM

I,ll take one too Charlie !!
My dream is to build the worlds largest log style birdhouse .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#11 posted 10-14-2009 03:36 PM

Jeesh! where to start on this one?

a murphy bed like Chris Davis makes

dyed vessel turnings like Trifern’s

anything the quality of Gary K’s, or Eric Sapperstiein’s work

The list goes on and on

Lumberjocks is my inspiration! Thanks Guys and Gals

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#12 posted 10-14-2009 03:41 PM

a nice maloof rocker in walnut.

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#13 posted 10-14-2009 03:59 PM

I want to travel with patron, and a Maloof rocker.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#14 posted 10-14-2009 05:32 PM

Great idea pashley. Your project made me feel more serene just reading about it.

Napaman beat me to the punch (by the way Matt, I’m a sailing instructor and just a bit south of you on the Bay). I want to build a 20+ foot sailboat, with teak decks. Remember the boat that Harrison Ford took Michelle Pfeiffer sailing in towards the end of the movie “What Lies Beneath”. Something like that, with long Sparkman & Stephens overhangs, with all spruce spars. Possibly a cold-molded hull like John Guzzwell sailed around the world in, but definitely old-school construction with keelson, cast lead keel, tanbark sails, etc.

Sparkman & Stephens

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#15 posted 10-16-2009 01:21 AM

For me it is a woodstrip canoe. Nothing too extravagant but durable enough so I can pass it on when I am finished using it.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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