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majuvla

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03-11-2016 10:15 PM

Hi folks,

By my own experience, projects which gets far more views are home made maschines,powertools or tools. Like it is more interesting than just some things or objects made of wood. I find it very interesting.
I would like to hear some other experiances regarding this topic. Am I right?
Cheers
Ivan

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 03-11-2016 10:19 PM

I agree and also am interested in new and different techniques that I may want to try.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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bobasaurus

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 10:25 PM

I’m always fascinated by people who make their own tools. I hope to make more tools in the future, I’m looking into starting some blacksmithing soon for this reason.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 10:34 PM

A nicely made home made power tool certainly gets my attention but well crafted piece of art tends to make me take a peek as well. I have tried my hands at both types of project but the shop furniture and machines have been my favorite projects because of the design work that I put in before I start to build.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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majuvla

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 10:40 PM

Lazyman,that’s interesting part you mentioned -design work before you start. I’m kind of into woodworking only and not making videos and so on, hardly make a photos for LJ and not using any computer sketch up for designing my projects. I usualy take paper and pencil and draw some rough draft and make all on the way having all in my head. Start with aproximate measurement than adjust them on the way. I find it quite challenging too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 03-11-2016 10:57 PM


Lazyman,that s interesting part you mentioned -design work before you start. I m kind of into woodworking only and not making videos and so on, hardly make a photos for LJ and not using any computer sketch up for designing my projects. I usualy take paper and pencil and draw some rough draft and make all on the way having all in my head. Start with aproximate measurement than adjust them on the way. I find it quite challenging too.

- majuvla

Part of it is that I’m a retired I/T guy so having a complete design idea before I start helps me think through potential problems and I’ve always struggled to make usable drawings until I discovered Sketchup. My more “artistic” pieces don’t usually involve any drawings but for things that have to fit well together to make the whole thing work out, I have to work out the dimensions beforehand and Sketchup makes that very easy and efficient. I can make sure that all of the parts work and fit before I start butchering wood. Even if I discover something part way through that isn’t quite right, I will often go back to the drawing board and fix it in Sketchup before I continue. That usually allows me to verify that the fix won’t make something else not work properly. I enjoy the wood working but the engineering type stuff makes it even more fun for me.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Roger

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#6 posted 03-11-2016 11:02 PM

I personally like all the avenues of this fun hobby we share. That’s probably why I don’t get anything made….........I spend too much time on here…. LOL

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

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MadMark

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#7 posted 03-12-2016 07:28 PM

I make tons of jigs & holders … from my fence, 90° blocks, bits of wood & clamps. I build ‘em, use ‘em, & tear ‘em down into the loose stack of bits & bobs I started with.

The only permanent jigs I have are an edge for the drill press and some spacers for the router.

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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stefang

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#8 posted 03-31-2016 02:42 PM

Yes Ivan, there is always a lot of interest in shop made jigs and tools since they are so useful. I usually prefer to read blogs as I am maybe more interested in how things are made than just seeing the finished products. I have been disappointed in many of the blogs lately though since it seems that so many of them lack photos, pretty boring with just words.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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hotbyte

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#9 posted 03-31-2016 03:11 PM

One thought is we all, or at least most, need to make tools/jigs so we look at all of those projects for ideas. But, not everyone here makes boxes, beds, tables, etc. so those are not viewed by as many LJ’ers.

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 03-31-2016 04:28 PM

Ivan, I know you are big on making jigs and tools and they get a lot of (deserved) attention.
I think it may be that people are looking for ‘unique’ things, regardless if they are a wood project or a jig/tool.

Jigs/tools are almost always unique so they get lots of looks. Wood projects, much less so.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 04-01-2016 03:22 AM



Lazyman,that s interesting part you mentioned -design work before you start. I m kind of into woodworking only and not making videos and so on, hardly make a photos for LJ and not using any computer sketch up for designing my projects. I usualy take paper and pencil and draw some rough draft and make all on the way having all in my head. Start with aproximate measurement than adjust them on the way. I find it quite challenging too.

- majuvla

I use same method. Works well for me.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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madburg

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#12 posted 04-01-2016 08:12 AM

Each to their own interest. Its quality items of fine woodwork that interests me – the outcomes of all those tools and jigs. I’m not really interested in making tools or jigs and rarely do. I find I can do things without jigs and the investment in time in making one I feel is wasted for one-off jobs. The exception being the Chevalet I’m on with at the moment. But I have done without one so far, with some fair results.

It seems some LJ’s delight in making tools, and fine quality tools at that, but then they don’t make much in the way of fine woodwork with them. But that’s their passion – so be it! Though it wouldn’t do for me. Then there are others who collect tools, and enjoy making cabinets to house them in. But that’s their passion – so be it, though it wouldn’t do for me.

LJ’s caters for all our wood related interests. Tools, jigs turning, fine boxes, clocks its all there. We take out of it what we want.

Ivan its seems that if your observation is true – we just have more LJ’s with a passion for home made machines, power-tools and tools than we do for making fine woodworking artefacts. Perhaps in the hope that these will give them the short cuts to becoming fine woodworkers!

-- Madburg WA

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majuvla

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#13 posted 04-01-2016 11:44 AM

Madburg, I agree with you , although I respect all LJs, those who like home made tools and maschines as well as all other who make incredible woodworking stuff. I can position myself somewhere between since I already made all jigs and maschines and tools I needed so now I can make other real woodworking stuff (not that I didn’t make them already a lot).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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