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Forum topic by blackcherry posted 08-10-2010 07:03 PM 1625 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2010 07:03 PM

I was just thinking, and I know that can be dangerous at times. I would like to start a forum about what type project LJ’s like to view. So let me start off with mine, by far it “Work Benches”. I real appreciate the value of a good work surface. The ability to hold fast / clamping a project to work on. The different design all our jocks have posted over the years has made it my favorite to open up and view. So let hear about your LJ’s Favorites…as always thanks for reading…Blkcherry

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 07:22 PM

That is a tough call, there are so many fantastic projects on this site. I guess for me, the top contenders in no particular order are.

#1. Outdoor / lawn and garden type projects. Benches, potting benches, sheds and such. Things that bring curb appeal to the home.

#2. gifty stuff. Small boxes, jewelry boxes, etc… Anything I can get ideas for handmade gifts from… Between my in laws, and my side of the family, gift giving occasions will drive me to welfare if I had to buy everything… I have a special soft spot for wooden toys. I tended to get a LOT of hand made toys as gifts when I was a boy, and they bring back my most cherished memories…

#3. Turnings. Pretty much anything that was made with a lathe… I am an avid, but lousy wood turner. I have yet to have a successful face plate turning. Every time I try, it blows up on me… I tend to make a LOT of candle holders…

#4. Blanket chests and toy boxes. Again, looking for ideas. I need end and coffee tables, and want to build sized appropriately chests for this task. Likewise, I want to reproduce my late, great uncle’s Volkswagen Microbus toy chest he had for all the visiting kids when I was growing up… (Red with white upper, V nose splitty…)

Now further down the list but still way up there are things like shop projects, storage, kitchen ideas etc… I could just go on and on…

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 07:40 PM

I like to see unique, creative and original ideas. Sometimes I say there is no point making something that I can buy at a store. For me, making something that you cannot buy at a store is what woodworking is all about.

This may be a good place to say that I really appreciate it when we are given a nice narrative that tells us what wood, what finish and some key construction details. I also like to see pictures that reveal how something was made. For example, in addition to a pictures of the top or side of a table, I would like a picture looking up from the bottom so I can see how the top was attached or how some joinery was done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 07:52 PM

I like the small boxes too, as well as original or inventive takes on a style or project that has been around awhile.

I also like the joinery and details, and I suppose it doesn’t matter whether it is a box or a rocking chair, I appreciate them all. And it is interesting to see at what stage someone is in their abilities.

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 08:19 PM

Anything with a nice finish. I’m ok at skill but finishing is the hard one for me. I take my hat off to people that can get a furniture store finish from their garage.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 08:30 PM

I like anything clever. Tips, approaches or tricks that are clever or creative, either in their simplicity, or their power always win me over.
On the furniture or craftsman side of things I tend to prefer simple furniture, either rustic or with simple lines.

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 08:30 PM

Well, I guess I am just stuck in a Box !
I like boxes, boxes and more boxes….............

In addition – I love the unique and creative ideas that LJ’s come up with on ANY project. I guess after boxes would be some of the absolutely fantastic cutting boards with the geometric designs, then it would be the wonderful carving / sculpting that has been done and in addition some of the beautiful Maloof style chairs that have been created.
I also really like to look at the various unique jigs that are created that help us all work a little more accurate and safely.

Geez…... I guess I like ‘em all !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 08:35 PM

I’m primarily a furniture guy because I’m interested in learning to build furniture…particularly craftsman and mission styles of furniture. I really enjoy when a LJ posts his project and supplies lots of detailed commentary and photos topped off with the beautiful finished piece…sort of a “how-to” in pictures. I suppose I’m one of the reasons this site has a blog category…so craftsmen can blog about their projects as opposed to just posting them int he projects area. I know it’s a lot of work so I hope to someday return the favor.

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 08:35 PM

I’m enjoying reading these responses, each one has extreme value points of interest which hit home at the heart of woodworking. Thanks for taking the time and enjoy your time in the shop LJ’s…BC

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 08:36 PM

The Large Adirondack chair by Rainman that was probably the coolest thing I saw on LJ’s

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 09:06 PM

I like homemade tools and jigs, because they show – in small way – the progress of humanity (hope not to make somebody laugh). I mean, everyone here has felt the pleasure of building a tool and of improving it, maybe building the new tool by means of the old one. Really a great satisfaction.
Another idea of mine – general speaking – is: I believe in the cleverness of my hands – I know it may seem an absurdity. Hence my woodworking is the way my hands live (well, to much “poeticality”, someone will say).
Another ideological reason is: I hate the excesses of our Western Consumerism; a way to contend with it, is: repairing instead of wasting, building instead of buying, buying-used instead of buying-new, and so on

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 09:55 PM

I would have to say wooden toys would be my top favorite

-- Ray

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 10:28 PM

i always check out the things people build for their workshop for inspiration, as i have got alot of things to do for my shop.
and then i check out the projects that have something to do with something i have to make.

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 10:46 PM

furniture – smaller standalone cabinetry, tables, chairs, stands, desks, etc. My preference is for a clean contemporary style based on traditional forms.

oh, and tips/tricks/jigs :-)

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#14 posted 08-10-2010 10:54 PM

If a lumberjock made it and wants to share it, I like to look at it!
(but I am a little partiial to boxes)

-- Steve ... determined to die working and believing that God is good!

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#15 posted 08-10-2010 10:54 PM

I’m with Rich. I like when there is a narrative of how the project was made. I.E….Details about joinery, finishing, planning, and what not. I also really enjoy when the pictures show a kind of step by step of the entire project. I also REALLY like seeing the old machines that have been restored. I know I can find alot of the old machine restoration on OWWM, but it seems like the ones on there are restored more for show than actually putting to use. Who am I kidding? I like ALL the projects on LJ’s. IMO, the best site on the internet.

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