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Forum topic by bigike posted 03-07-2010 08:23 PM 1142 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2010 08:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ideas woodworking block

I was just wondering if anyone else had this from time to time? You want to get in the shop so bad have everything you need to do a medium sized project but really don’t know what to build. Days go by, weeks still nothing. Even a plan can’t help cuz you don’t want to coppy anyone’s stuff even if you put your own spin on it

By the way this would be similar to writers block! for those of us who might be confused. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 08:36 PM

yep I’ve done it. When this happens to me it seems if I will still go to the shop and work on sometihing, shop storage, turning, cleaning, that I will usually get out of the funk I’m in. Then I can also look on here and get all kinds of ideas. But yes I’ve been their and done that.

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 08:47 PM

Not yet! I have the opposite problem of sometimes being overwhelmed by by the endless number of possibilities. It can bring me to a standstill just deciding if I want to work on the lathe, build a box, start on a piece of furniture, spice rack, cutting board, or work on my bathroom cabinets. The list goes on and on. Can you tell I am still a newbie?

Good luck getting through your block. Do you have anyone in your life with a ‘honey-do’ list of things? It’s a place to start… sometimes a place that makes you think of all the things you really wanted to do instead. ;)

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 10:51 PM

I build things in my sleep … that is possibly why I wake up tired..
I truly have so many ideas that I will never finish all of them….
but when I am not in the mood to work…I don’t…
I find that if I sit in the inspirational chair for a few minutes something pops into my head and I have to see how it could be done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 11:06 PM

larry..your a lean mean wood working machine…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 11:11 PM

Nope, never, my list of things, I want to build, make, turn and finish is endless. I have a huge pile of wood for turning, so much I have some of it outside. My problem is time, I don’t have enough time. I am currently finishing 3 fruniture projects at the same time. I have been waiting for the garage to warm up enough that I could apply the poly. I have acquired pretty much all the tools I need, there are of course a few I wish I had, but I have all I need. I have a pile of mohagany for a dresser I am going to build my son ( needs completion by late august). I also have a huge pile of white cedar for some outdoor furniture needs at least 2 need to be done by july. Life is pretty good, by wednesday I should be back to turning a few things. Then I will start work on the outdoor projects.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 03-08-2010 12:21 AM

i am sorry but i don’t have that problem, i have a huge pile of turning wood and if i cannot figure out what i want to make that day i just rough out a bunch of stuff until i get back in my groove.i like the idea of an inspirational chair i might have to make one of those.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 03-08-2010 12:36 AM

I pick up some scraps and build a small box or chest and try to do it different than the last time. This usually leads to other projects. Kind of like priming the pump…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 06:16 PM

Yeah, I get that every now and then. I hate it! I’ll just be standing there in the shop, staring at the table saw, itching to start something…. Anything! But either nothing comes to mind or I don’t have the materials needed to do what I’d like. It’s a very helpless feeling.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#9 posted 03-09-2010 06:30 PM

Good ideas come while i’m busy at something. Sitting and contemplating not so much so.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 03-09-2010 06:39 PM

I’m with the guys that have too many projects to complete.I do sometimes have trouble trying to decide which to build next

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 06:46 PM

In fact the list just got longer, again. Just finished a bench for a freind, and now he wantsanother just like it.
Nope no problems with stuff to do, just with the time to do it.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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