Shop Made Layout and Marking Tool Swap - Summer 2016

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06-06-2016 02:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tool swap lj tool swap layout tools marking tools summer tool swap shop made tool swap

After a great response to the survey for the next theme, “Layout and Marking Tools” gained a significant lead over “Knives” yesterday. It only had a 1-vote lead yesterday morning but ended up winning by 5 votes:

So here we go then… The next installment of the LumberJocks tool swaps!


A Note: This is in no way officially sponsored by, run by, or otherwise tied to “LumberJocks” as a company or organization, or to any of the parent or sibling holdings thereof. It is simply run by those of us who participate on LumberJocks.


Basic Details

If you have not participated in one of our LumberJocks Shop Made Swaps before, Welcome! It’s relatively simple; each participant makes their swap item(s) and will get a name and address via e-mail a few weeks before the shipping deadline to where they will be mailing their entry. Postage is to be paid by the sender. The LumberJock who you’re shipping to, as well as the one who is shipping to you, will be completely random. Unless there are special circumstances – like the need for international shipping – I will not influence who anyone is paired with.


Rules for this swap

- Teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in-progress or finished pictures until after the reveal date. Remember we want everyone to be surprised when they receive their package!

- A progress pic (sent to me) will be required NO LATER THAN the due date listed near the end of this post. The progress pic needs to show that you’ve put sufficient time and work into the project to be able to complete it by the ship date. I know things come up so if you don’t have a progress pic by the required date but are confident you’ll still be able to complete your tool(s) by the ship date, just e-mail me BEFORE the progress pic due date and we’ll make arrangements. Anyone who doesn’t e-mail me a progress pic or let me know why they haven’t by 11:59 pm EDT on the due date will be dropped from the list of participants.


What we’re making

LumberJocks are a creative bunch and turn out impressive work! So, I feel no need to give strict guidelines for what you make for this swap. If it’s used in some way to perform some task in some aspect of layout or marking then it’s good! Use your own judgement and creativity! Your contribution should be “done” in your shop, by you. You could build something you designed from scratch, build something from someone else’s plans, modify an existing product, or even overhaul/restore something you purchased. Again, I trust you so use your best judgement. The important thing is that it’s something you put your time, effort and talents into for a fellow LumberJock!

Bonus Items are completely optional and are not in any way required or expected. In past swaps, some folks include an extra “goody” along with their swap items. Bonus items do not have to be related to the swap theme, or even woodworking for that matter. If you like to turn pens and want to throw one in the box, great. Maybe you brew your own beer and want to send your recipient a bottle or twelve, go for it! Nobody’s expecting anything other than swap items though, so don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to add anything extra. It’s just something that I think has kind of evolved in past swaps so I wanted to address it up front.


How to sign up

Post below letting me know that you are in and then send an e-mail (lumberjocks.summer16swap at containing ALL of the following information:
- LumberJocks Username
- Real Name
- Email address
- Shipping Address, including country
- Let me know if you are not willing to ship internationally (so I can make sure I pair any non-US participants accordingly)

I won’t send a confirmation e-mail but will be keeping a list of confirmed participants below that I will update daily. If you don’t see your name on the list within a day or two of e-mailing me, shoot me another e-mail or PM so I don’t miss anybody.

Progress pictures will also be sent to the above e-mail address no later than the due date given below.

Your recipient’s name and address will be sent to you from the same e-mail address so make sure it’s not caught by your spam filter.


Important dates (Dates Edited From Original Post)

In order to participate, you need to adhere to the dates below. Failure to do so will result in you getting dropped from the swap. If you can’t make one of the dates, please make sure to notify me immediately so that I can update my swap spreadsheet.

- Register for swap: July 8, 2016

- Progress picture: August 24, 2016

- Ship date: September 26, 2016

- Reveal date: October 5, 2016. No final pics until this date. Let the recipient post a pic or two before the sender posts their “formal” pics and project entry.

-Closing date: October 9, 2016. Please post “reveal” photos by this date. Everyone’s anxious to post their projects and for the other participants to see what they made. If your recipient hasn’t posted reveal pics by this date, then it’s open season! Feel free to post your own pics in this thread and go ahead and post your project. (Unless there is a shipping SNAFU – then please wait for your recipient to get it and post a few pics)


Other Stuff:

When you post your projects, use the tag “Summer 2016 Tool Swap” so we can all easily find the projects in one spot.

This is a collaborative learning experience for all of us so make use of this forum thread to share knowledge and ideas as well asking questions and getting advice. These swaps are about the journey more so than the destination!

(Thanks to Ripthorn and then Mark Kronell and then Mosquito – much of the verbiage (including this) was plagiarized from their posts on the previous swaps)


Registered Participants:

HokieKen X
Ripthorn X
terryR X
Lazyman X
ErikF X
clieb91 X
Rick M.X
ShaneA X

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#1 posted 06-06-2016 07:06 PM

Ew lala. Let me chew on this. I LOVE these swaps, but dead lines stress me out. Ha.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 06-06-2016 07:09 PM

At least I was alone in my vote for prison shank :-)

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#3 posted 06-06-2016 07:14 PM

Message sent! Thanks Kenny for hosting the swap!

-- Regards, Norm

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#4 posted 06-06-2016 07:16 PM

Ew lala. Let me chew on this. I LOVE these swaps, but dead lines stress me out. Ha.

- ToddJB

I’m flexible on dates for sure. If people feel like dates are too soon, I’m glad to push them out – no effect on me either way. Just based it on the length the screwdriver swap ran. Figured it’s probably along the same lines of time/work required.

Chime in if you feel like dates are too soon!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 06-06-2016 07:22 PM

It’s not you, it’s me ;)

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 06-06-2016 07:27 PM

That’s what all my swap partners say…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 06-06-2016 07:28 PM


-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 06-06-2016 07:30 PM

Sounds like Todd is breaking up with you, Kenny.

I’m kind of in the same boat. My list of projects for this summer is long (already have a list of Christmas presents that need made for family) and I don’t want to commit and not be able to finish. We’ll see what the next couple weeks bring. I have some vacation days that have to be used up before the middle of July, so am going to have a lot of three day weekends for a while. If I can get a few projects knocked out during that time, I’ll get in on the swap.

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

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#9 posted 06-06-2016 07:39 PM

I’ll have to think about this one too. Summer is always busy, unfortunately.

Do want to, though. Maybe I’ll start prototyping and/or making something before the signup deadline, and go from there

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#10 posted 06-06-2016 07:45 PM

I ll have to think about this one too. Summer is always busy, unfortunately.

Do want to, though. Maybe I ll start prototyping and/or making something before the signup deadline, and go from there

- Mosquito

That’s what I am considering. I actually have an idea, it’s a matter of time, time I am not boiling. Summer in my shop is 95-105F outside, I should get a thermometer for the shop itself I suppose.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#11 posted 06-06-2016 07:53 PM

Okay, I’ve already looked up patent images from 1878 on what I’d like to make! Ha. And stated prototyping in my head!

But. I. Must. Resist. Commitment.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#12 posted 06-07-2016 12:19 AM

I voted for small parts storage, (had a really good idea of what to make), now I’m thinking and thinking! I do love these swaps, and only been in two!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 06-07-2016 12:30 AM

Lets try this again :)

I was going to vote for the prison shank but wanted my vote for marking and layout tools to count.

Prison shanks can be bonus items :)

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

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#14 posted 06-07-2016 12:57 AM

I’m not necessarily committed to this swap. Might be a tight time frame since I’m planning on selling my house this summer. I’d like to, though.

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

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#15 posted 06-07-2016 01:30 AM

No time to actually do this right now but it sounds like fun…
Peter F.

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