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Forum topic by last12know posted 02-27-2010 11:35 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2010 11:35 PM

was wondering.. when you do a project.. do you plan the project and get the wood as designated by the project or do you start with a pile of wood and let it dictate the project?

afraid i’m not much of a planner and going by the seat of my pants seems to work for me… was thinking of just looking for an add/craigs list for lumber available and see what i end up with…

-- last

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 11:38 PM

I never do a project just because there is wood there unless I’m using scrap to make toys, ect.

-- 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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#2 posted 02-27-2010 11:43 PM

I agree with Topamax. I draw up a plan first and then decide which wood I will use on the project. Or rather I usually ask my wife what she would like since she has the final authority over the project. :)

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

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 11:57 PM

planning seems the responsible thing….

but seeing what’s available and going from there could be fun…

-- last

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 03:47 AM

It depends on the job. I know what wood I have in stock, but if I get a job to build, I plan it out first and make a material list, shop for it in my stock first and then buy what I don’t have. Sometimes I change the plan slightly if I have a piece that is the right stock but maybe just a bit thin or shorter than called for in order to use it up. It depends on how specific the final product size has to be.

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

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 04:24 AM

Of Course It’s “The Chicken Before The Egg!” Ever see an EGG lay a CHICKEN?

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 04:29 AM

A little bit of both. Planning is the responsible thing and also the efficient thing. I love sketchup because it simply allows me to build the project in virtual world and can see most of the situations I might encounter.

Now if I got a great deal on a pile of cedar, I would probably build cedar blanket chests from them. The amount of material would dictate the size. However, it would all start from a plan to get the best use of my material.

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 04:44 AM

I like to sketch things out a little and geta general idea of what I am doing…..from there it is pretty much “seat-o-the-pants”. I kinda like it that way, and it seems to work well for me.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 07:06 AM

Plan your work, and work your plan.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 07:11 AM

I tend to fly by the seat…. make it up as I go.

Unless I’ve got a pattern.


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#10 posted 03-06-2010 07:30 PM

”do you plan the project and get the wood as designated by the project or do you start with a pile of wood and let it dictate the project?”



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