What type of wood projects do you like to do the most, and why?

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Forum topic by ToddTurner posted 02-26-2010 02:08 AM 1592 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2010 02:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: skill cabinet cabinets table saw wood maple bandsaw planer biscuit joiner router spray gun finishing veneering modern traditional greene and greene kitchen

I see all types of projects here from boxes to workbenches to outdoor projects to all types of cabinets to pretty much anything that can be made from wood. I just wanted to find what type of projects you guys like to do the most and of course, what drives that desire? Even the pros like Norm and the Woodwhisperer (what does the wood whisper in HIS ear??) and all us regular guys have our hearts’ passions for what we like to see made from a stick of wood. That thing that grows naturally and given to us by God for that single purpose-to grace the space of our shops and satisfy a passion!
Ok I will be happy to start (I would love to see my little thread have a few hundred hits!). I personally like cabinet making. I am doing my own house right now and have a ways to go, but its taking shape nicely. I know that because the familiy and friends have complimented me on them already. Why do i like cabinetry? I think because i like to see my stuff being used. And you use your cabinets every day. That, plus cabinets can make or break the house. They add or take away value and sometimes set the tone for the style of house you may have. I like what it takes to make a cabinet-the joinery, the milling, the picking out your stock at the sawmill, and of course, the big wood box you end up with.
Let me know what you guys think!


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#1 posted 02-26-2010 02:19 AM

I dont know about a few hundred on this thread but I’m not exactly sure which I prefer most….I gues you could say building cedar muskoka chairs is one of my top infinities….Theres nothing like workin with cedar and being able to relax on a piece of would you can be proud of. I made a 2 seater muskoka bench before and all I do is take naps on it in the summer. love it.

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 02:23 AM

wood turning, any kind.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 02:39 AM

Cabinets are cool, but I really like making chairs, there is a great deal of room for expression, as well as, budget.
I also enjoy making a table to complement the chair

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 02:49 AM

hi i just love to work with wood it is a living thing it bends and twists all over the place at times it seams to have a mind of it s own you spend hours working on it mailing it re sawing it squaring it planing it sanding it cutting it to the lengths you want stacking it up to get it ready to make your next great master peace but guess what it has warped or cracked so you have to start all over again timber i love it

i love to make anything out of timber something different ever time if possible

i like working on the lath

branch ok

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 03:02 AM

Todd, I generally do not get to pick my projects. It seems that my wife feels that it is her mission in this life to find things for me to do. So I generally just say, “Yes, dear”, and start on the project that she “commissions”. :)

If I had my druthers I would say that I enjoy cabinety the best. This is largely for the reasons that you have described. But the other thing is that the build is relatively straight forward and fairly easy to plan.

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

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 03:22 AM

Chessboards. I don’t know why.

-- "Democracy is by far the worst system of government. Except all the others that have been tried." ~ Winston Churchill

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#7 posted 02-26-2010 03:46 AM

I like to spend most of my time outside when i can so i would say i like doing outdoor projects the most .
I enjoy building everything from fancy garden sheds to rustic arbors , gazebos , benches , planters , trellises , decks and of course my Extreme Birdhouses . I have built over 90 of them so far and it looks like i will be building a whole lot more this year .

Whatever i build i make sure it is big and noticeable :) I also try to use recycled wood as much as i can .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 02-26-2010 03:59 AM

Furniture. I like to find something awesome to build, and then try to make mine awesome!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 02-26-2010 04:10 AM

I just love to work with wood. I really like to turn and I think I am reasonably good at it but turning, by itself, would not satisfy me. I take great pleasure and pride in well done joinery in custom furniture or a small item such as a jewelry box. For me, the beauty is in the wood and I, as a woodworker, want to reveal it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 02-26-2010 04:14 AM

I like boxes because they don’t require a lot of materials or workshop space, and there is an almost endless variety of designs to experiment with. But I’m also getting into turning, and that has the same advantages.

Overall, I’d say variety is the spice of life. :-)

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

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#11 posted 02-26-2010 04:15 AM

This is great! Its interesting to me to see what other jocks likes and why. Rich- i couldnt agree more-the beauty is in the wood.

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#12 posted 02-26-2010 04:32 AM

I just like making things. I don’t really have a particular thing I like to do other then just having the time and money to actually woodwork.

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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#13 posted 02-26-2010 04:49 AM

Most of what I’ve done so far has been shop cabinets and such, but the ones I’m most looking forward to making are shop tools (I have about two dozen plans jus waiting at the gate from mallets to a mini-lathe :D)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#14 posted 02-26-2010 06:49 AM

I generally like to make things I haven’t made before. As long as I have the proper tools for the job. Doesn’t matter really, as long as there is a legitimate purpose for me spending the time on it. I’m always up for the challenge, and learning opportunity.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#15 posted 02-26-2010 06:54 AM

pine cedar and fir
i love danish oil , once rthat stuff goes on the grain just pops out making the building all worthwhile

i got tons of completed projects on my website check it out

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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