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Tooch

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09-20-2015 01:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unfinished projects

When I found this site several years ago, I was eager to get on and start posting projects. The very first project I ever posted was the shed that I designed and built in my backyard (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/82426 ).

for about 4+ years now [I built it 2 years before I created an account] I have been looking at an unfinished project because I didn’t have a ladder tall enough to put the trim on the front.

Well I am happy to report that as of yesterday, I can say that my first [posted] project is finally finished:

So I was wondering if anyone else has had a project go a long time being about 95-98% complete, and what was holding you back from finishing it. In my case, it was a ladder (or lack thereof), but maybe yours issue a tool, clamp, or just finding time/motivation to finish it.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails


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joey502

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#1 posted 09-20-2015 01:41 PM

Have there been projects that linger on, yes. Many of them. The motivation to finish is not the problem for me, I lose interest and start on something else. I then lose interest in that and start on another project.

Woodworking is a hobby for me. I work on whatever make the time enjoyable.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 09-20-2015 01:48 PM

Nice shed Tooch! Glad you got it finished. Maybe you should have made your own ladder! :)
Your link wasn’t working so I posted this one. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/82426

I too have a project unfinished for a few years now. I had forgotten all about until you reminded me! LOL!!
I was making two of these, The one I finished I gave to our son a while ago. This one is still collecting dust! Thanks for helping me with my memory! :)

These are made using cherry wood. With a finish on them they really look nice!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Tooch

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#3 posted 09-20-2015 01:59 PM

Joey I totally agree with you, woodworking is supposed to be enjoyable so it only makes sense to do whatever project you are currently finding enjoyment in.

Tony thanks for hooking up the link again… not sure why it wasn’t working? Is that a mantel piece or just a floating shelf? either way it looks like you found something to do today!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 09-20-2015 03:15 PM

Very nice!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#5 posted 09-20-2015 03:21 PM

Tooch, It’s just a floating shelf. I used a french cleat in the back to hold it to the wall.
This is what I was doing yesterday. My first ever attempt at making letters, Hoping to get better at it. This was done free hand.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 09-20-2015 11:43 PM

Tooch, That’s a delightful looking shed. Very much like one I built years ago. As for unfinished projects, I’m pretty sure they will be with us always. I have 2 awaiting my attention. My Dad’s flag case and my father in laws flag case. My Dad past in ‘97, it’s still pretty tough to deal with that. He was the cornerstone of our family. I’ve got to suck it up and get it done.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 09-21-2015 12:15 AM

Tooch, Shed looks great but now you reminded me that I need a taller ladder to repaint the trim on my barn and the cross piece on my entryway.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Tooch

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#8 posted 09-21-2015 09:25 AM

Tony the lettering looks great! I also like the blade on top and the perspective of the barn on the bottom

My Dad past in 97, it s still pretty tough to deal with that. He was the cornerstone of our family. I ve got to suck it up and get it done.
- BurlyBob

BurlyBob people frequently talk about how woodworking can be “therapeutic.” There’s no need to suck it up, just remember that it is a labor of love and that what you’re doing is honoring your dad and father-in-law. Sure, you may get emotional will working, but I’m sure you will be reminded of all the good times you had together, which isn’t bad either.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Tooch

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#9 posted 09-21-2015 09:27 AM



Tooch, Shed looks great but now you reminded me that I need a taller ladder to repaint the trim on my barn and the cross piece on my entryway.

- gfadvm

Andy you can borrow mine if you want to come over and pick it up. Pittsburgh is probably only 1,000 miles or so away :-P

Coincidentally, I keep the new ladder on the outside of the shed, so it doesn’t matter if I’m home or not

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 09-22-2015 12:33 AM

Great job on the shed buddy. I have several unfinished projects including a barn I started in 1998. On the bright side the barn I started I 2 years ago is almost done

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Tooch

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#11 posted 09-23-2015 09:51 AM

Hoss by the time you finish the one from 1998 it’ll be time to start ripping off panels to use for other “recycled barnwood” projects!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#12 posted 09-23-2015 09:53 AM

just realized that even now, I am currently in the middle of 3 different projects, each at a different stage. A dining room table is still in the design stage, a new router table is in the build/problem solving stage, and a gumball dispenser is being stained/finished.

I swear sometimes I have woodworking A.D.D.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#13 posted 09-23-2015 11:33 AM

I have about 10 projects going, some that will take a couple of years.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Roger

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#14 posted 09-24-2015 03:08 AM

Really embarrassing, but, I am one that is very slow at getting some things done, being projects. Don’t know why. I really enjoy building and creating something. I hope to change that in the nearing future.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Tooch

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#15 posted 09-24-2015 01:48 PM

Roger, no reason to be embarrassed. Sometimes I’ll go months without touching a saw. Over the summer, for example, I barely did any work in the shop. Most of the stuff I do is outside, which requires little-to-no shop time.

Once winter hits though, I try to get in as much time as possible. keeps the brain even-keeled!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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