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Underdog

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12-17-2015 03:10 PM

Ever have that scenario where you want to do a project, but then it leads to several others?

Like this… I decided I’d make a cutting board, and so I ripped some maple and walnut, then realized I needed some clamps to clamp it all together. That’s when I also realized I needed a clamp rack, clamping cauls, and a glue-up jig for said clamps. And maybe a glue spreader (which I made).
Then I also realized that once it was all glued up, I needed to plane it down, but planing maple is always a hit/miss situation since there’s always tearout. So I also needed a wide belt drum sander. And of course that got me to looking at DIY solutions for drum sanders, which led me to Pinterest, which led me to look at Bench Plans too…

First thing you know, the original project is all but forgotten… and lots of other projects are percolating.

I could go on and on…

This ever happen to you?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"


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#1 posted 12-17-2015 03:22 PM

It’s how I can spend all day in the shop and have nothing to show for my time.

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 03:38 PM

Yup, done that more than once or twice.

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 03:46 PM

Definitely. When I started woodworking I was all gung-ho to make a nice workbench. I figured if I was going to learn while doing a project, I might as well make my mistakes on something that is going to stay in the shop. I even got the lumber and plans for the bench I was going to make.

That lumber is still chilling in a corner, two years later. In those two years I have made a lot of projects. I’ve also spent a lot of time building my shop into something usable, which included finding and fixing up a lot of machinery, which required learning to repair and maintain cast iron, gearing, etc. Almost every project requires me to make a new sled or clamping jig or something. My hope is that eventually I’ll have everything I need to make whatever I want.

Still haven’t gotten to that workbench though…

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#4 posted 12-17-2015 04:00 PM


Ever have that scenario where you want to do a project, but then it leads to several others?

Like this… I decided I d make a cutting board, and so I ripped some maple and walnut, then realized I needed some clamps to clamp it all together. That s when I also realized I needed a clamp rack, clamping cauls, and a glue-up jig for said clamps. And maybe a glue spreader (which I made).
Then I also realized that once it was all glued up, I needed to plane it down, but planing maple is always a hit/miss situation since there s always tearout. So I also needed a wide belt drum sander. And of course that got me to looking at DIY solutions for drum sanders, which led me to Pinterest, which led me to look at Bench Plans too…

First thing you know, the original project is all but forgotten… and lots of other projects are percolating.

I could go on and on…

This ever happen to you?

- Underdog

Every
Single
Project
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Greatjon’s journey could be written by me..

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#5 posted 12-17-2015 04:07 PM

Happens to me all the time.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 12-17-2015 04:34 PM

And its even worse on projects around the house.

Got a new furnace and they eliminated a switch which was mounted in a wall in the family room. Left a hole. Patched it – and a few dings, so long as I was there. Of course, the touch-up can of paint was dry as dust, so got a new one. Formula changed. Ever so slightly lighter. That’s okay, that wall section is pretty much stand-alone, so I’ll just do the whole thing. A few other complications and, well, you know where this is going. Boss says the great room (40×18) has to be re-painted.

Which got her thinking about a new cabinet enclosure around the refrigerator, maybe painted, with spice rack and oils & vinegars and kitchen wraps storage and – Hey! – couldn’t you make it so we could store the baking sheets in there? And that kitchen table really need to be refinished – but maybe a round table would fit that little bump-out better . . .

I ain’t NEVER gonna be bored (damn it)!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 04:37 PM

Not me, I am TOTALLY focused in the shop. When I begin a project I see it throu…....SQUIRREL! .......

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 12-17-2015 04:51 PM

Since when does maple always tear out? You may want to replace/sharpen your knives. I don’t ever have a problem with tearout on maple. Unless it’s highly figured, but even then, rarely. No need for a drum sander.

But yes, I’ve got a very long list of projects. Some which have to go in a certain order so I can do others.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Underdog

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#9 posted 12-17-2015 05:22 PM

Yeah… I was wanting to make a replacement gun stock for my Daisy Powerline 880 the other day. (Long story involving a squirrel and some tripping over bushes.) So I figured I could scan the old stock in, and carve it on my CarveWright, yes? So I made a scanning sled to hold the halves of the stock, (first project), and scanned both halves in. This involved setting my never-before-used scanning probe up and actually using it (second project), which involved cutting the old stock in half (which I suppose is the first step of the second project).
And then it turns out I can’t carve 1-1/4” deep for the cheek rest half of the stock until I get the $300 upgrade in software. And then I can’t use that upgrade to do this project until I get the two $80 longer carving bits. And then I saw a universal sled project for $25 (is that the third or fourth project?) that I could use to carve out any number of projects.
So I got the software upgrade and the two bits, all the hardware and MDF to make the sled, and started putting it together. I got as far as needing a 5/16” Forstner bit and all work stopped. Who makes a 5/16” Forstner bit anyway? Geez. I finally settled on a $15 set of brad point bits from Home Depot.
And the project stalled out right there since the brad point bits and the clamps (for the cutting board) are wrapped up under the Christmas tree…..

I don’t think this will ever end.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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oldnovice

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#10 posted 12-17-2015 05:57 PM

More times than I can recall!
Unless I have a specific task/project in mind, going to the shop is like untangling a fishing line, where one knot leads to another.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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TheFridge

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#11 posted 12-17-2015 06:14 PM

All the time. I one of enjoy it as the projects are rarely time sensitive.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Underdog

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#12 posted 12-17-2015 07:26 PM



Since when does maple always tear out? You may want to replace/sharpen your knives. I don t ever have a problem with tearout on maple.
- jmartel

Oh come on! You’re just makin’ me feel bad now… You mean I gotta yank those things out and sharpen them every time they get a little nick?
Now I gotta build a sharpening station….

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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JoeinGa

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#13 posted 12-17-2015 08:28 PM

As I read your scenario my first thought was “You mean TODAY??”

But yeah, it DOES happen all the time !

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JayT

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#14 posted 12-17-2015 08:47 PM

Never happens to me ;-)

Reminds me of this short story by Patrick McManus

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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Dave Rutan

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#15 posted 12-17-2015 08:57 PM

Not too long ago I just took a week off from projects and did most of the little things that needed doing in the shop. I hope that after a while ‘ll be able to just do projects, but I know something will always lead to a few other ‘needs’.

Note to self:

Organize that corner
New Miter sled for TS
Tune up BS
Need more clamps…

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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