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ki7hy

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09-27-2016 07:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: winter 2016 tool swap

Lady’s and Gents (used loosely),

It’s time again for another swap. Kenny is finishing up the marking tool swap now and we have all decided to move on to another. Unfortunately you will have to deal with me this time around since Kenny is relieving his post. Don’t worry, I will do a crappy job just so he has to come back!!! <kidding> In regular standing, I have completely ripped off the theme intro, rules, etc. format from the previous swap. I would hate to break tradition here.

The theme for this swap is a surprise! No, the theme isn’t a surprise the theme is a surprise….we could go on all day about that. You can make ANY WOODWORKING TOOL YOU WANT. I was going to limit the size but that’s just going to hinder one’s imagination.

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

I can’t believe some of the amazing work I see come out of these swaps and knew I had to be in the next one. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I volunteered like a dummy to run it but I like mastering things so why not right?

The theme for this swap is a surprise! No, the theme isn’t a surprise the theme is a surprise….we could go on all day about that. You can make ANY WOODWORKING TOOL YOU WANT as long as it fits in Santa’s gift sack which has no limits. I was going to limit the size but that’s just going to hinder one’s imagination, so any tool you desire.

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.winter16swap at gmail.com) 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 (weekdays). 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

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: November 30, 2016 (lots of time to figure out if you can handle the work load)

- Progress picture: December 31, 2016

- Ship date: January 31, 2017

- Reveal date: February 10, 2017. 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: February 14, 2017. 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 “Winter 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 and then HokieKen – much of the verbiage (including this) was plagiarized from their posts on the previous swaps)

Registered Participants:

ki7hy
bobasaurus
Hammerthumb
jeffswildwood
bondogaposis
HokieKen
WoodWorkJosh
Ripthorn
clieb91
Logikal
RichCMD
Mark Kornell
PoleVault
Kelly
JayT
Mosquito
Waho6o9
TerryR
Woodcox
ToddJB
AgentTwitch
Sherm54


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#1 posted 09-27-2016 07:19 PM

Sign me up, sounds fun.

I’m not sure why you’d limit the box size and shipping type… I plan on shipping however is cheapest :) .

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 09-27-2016 07:22 PM

Sorry, I was saying the size but I guess it wouldn’t matter in the long run. I’ll edit the post. That’s a good point.

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#3 posted 09-27-2016 07:23 PM

I think the original idea behind the ‘flat rate box’ was when we were talking about a particular size of flat rate box. If there’s no box size restriction, then there’s no type of shipping restriction, I would expect, except for “as long as it gets there in time”.

I’ll most likely be in for this one as well

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#4 posted 09-27-2016 07:24 PM

Edited

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#5 posted 09-27-2016 07:25 PM



I think the original idea behind the flat rate box was when we were talking about a particular size of flat rate box. If there s no box size restriction, then there s no type of shipping restriction, I would expect, except for “as long as it gets there in time”.

I ll most likely be in for this one as well

- Mosquito

the dates are very generous I believe. I just think we can start the next one a little early if we all wanted, at least the signup and such.

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#6 posted 09-27-2016 07:49 PM

I’ve been out for a few swaps so I guess I can do this one also.

Sending email now.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 09-27-2016 08:25 PM



Sorry, I was saying the size but I guess it wouldn t matter in the long run. I ll edit the post. That s a good point.

- ki7hy

You still have “flat rate box…” in the intro paragraph. Says Santa’s bag at the bottom.

I’m pretty sure I’ll hop in. But, I wanna evaluate my Christmas gift load before committing so I’ll take a bit to ponder it.

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

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ki7hy

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#8 posted 09-27-2016 09:02 PM

Thanks Kenny.

Hammer, you’re in.

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#9 posted 09-27-2016 11:57 PM

ki7hy, I’m going out on a limb and getting in on this. This one sounds fun! Thanks for being the sponsor, I thought about it but I am facing retirement and may be busy setting it up. I have already started Christmas orders by finishing up 22 of my sleds I sell every year. E-mail sent.

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

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#10 posted 09-28-2016 12:07 AM

Good deal Jeff, glad to see you’re in early. I’m expecting like 200-300 people in on this. ;)

C’mon people! It’s a surprise! Who doesn’t like surprises, even if it’s a tool you already have this will be way better!

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#11 posted 09-28-2016 12:15 AM

Let’s throw out a discussion on things that would be fun to make. Since it’s a surprise this one will be a bit harder to talk about like the other swaps.

I can 100% honestly say I don’t have a clue what to build but I hope I end up with someone from across the country because I’m going to use some of the Arizona native woods so they get something a little different.

Let’s get a list of some fun ideas going.

You could make something that uses every bit of your skills, metal, wood, turning, scroll sawing, pyrography, CNC, carving, etc. Awls in the shape of owls, Bench dogs in the shape of…cats.

I know the first rule of Suprise swap club is to not talk about suprise swap club but we should throw out ideas, just try to hide what you are actually doing.

P.S. nobody take the bench dogs shaped like cats. Just sayin. ;)

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#12 posted 09-28-2016 12:42 AM



P.S. nobody take the bench dogs shaped like cats. Just sayin. ;)

- ki7hy

Is this your item or what you are wanting. :) Really the list is endless. Things from the vote and prior swap items. I am going to try to come up with something that has not been swapped before. If I can. Could be hard to ask for advice as in other swaps without revealing what you are making. Could be interesting.

-- 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 09-28-2016 12:43 AM

Why make a tool good at one task when you could cram every tool into one horrible contraption:

http://imgur.com/a/aQ597

That ridiculous thing is hanging on my shop wall.

I’ll probably try to forge something, though I’m still a super novice at it so it will be crude.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#14 posted 09-28-2016 02:16 AM

Here’s some more food for thought…
I’m not sure how you could manage it, given the inevitable few dropouts, but what if we assigned names early on? Like as soon as the registration deadline passed. The reason I was contemplating such a chaotic plan is (a) because I’m not moderating it and (b) because there are some people I’ve learned enough about to be able to tailor what I make to their interests.

Like Allen for instance^. I know he has a forge and a strong interest in blacksmithing. I’m not sure what I would make for a blacksmith but, if I knew I had his name, a couple of days of research would certainly yield an appropriate project. Or Jeff, if I had his name, I’d definitely make a nice little boxed set of retirement prison shanks.

I know it’s probably not managable, it would suck to make Allen a super-cool blacksmithing multi-tool and then him have to drop out after completion. Oh, wait, he already has one of those…

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

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#15 posted 09-28-2016 02:38 AM

Ever since I knew we were doing a surprise I’ve been thinking of ways to do a Christmas list or something but if someone drops I’m/and the recipient/maker for them is screwed. I’m still thinking though.

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