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11-22-2010 03:25 PM

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What is everyone’s favorite project that they have ever built? I’m always looking for ideas for new projects and I’m sure everyone has a project that carries a special meaning.

I always seem to make gifts for the holidays. My favorite project that I ever completed was an Advent Calendar for my little girl ( see ). I originally found this site when I stumbled across another advent calendar posted on LumberJocks. My little girl absolutely loves her advent calendar and I love seeing the enjoyment that she gets from it. Her excitement of counting down to Christmas with a little gift each day is just amazing. It really gets me in the Christmas mood when my wife and I plan what to put behind each door. Added Bonus: You know exactly how many days you have left to finish all the other woodworking projects you took on for Christmas, but failed to realize how time consuming they would be.

Anyway, post your favorite so we can all get ideas for future projects.

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 03:48 PM

If I had to pick the one “Finished” project I consider my favorite it would have to be my “Special Keepsake Box” I build for my brides Grandfather. That was only the second box I ever built, and the sentimental meaning on that one… Well…. lets just say this has become a family treasure.

Although it is most definitely not my best work I can’t deny it is and most likely will for ever be one of my all time favorites…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 08:12 PM

I don’t know if I would call it my favorite project, but I would say that it was my most special project for me. My youngest grandson had epileptic seizures at 3 months old, so is prone to seizures at anytime. I made this Rocking Horse chair for him to rock in, in case he should have a seizure while rocking. It started out as a prototype project to see if he would like it. I made it out of plywood as a prototype for designing purposes. Needless to say I didn’t have the heart to change it because he loves it so much and still rocks in it yet.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 08:27 PM

In the past, when I worked on a Habitat for Humanity house, I gave the new homeowner a handmade present at their dedication. This one was special. The 8 year old daughter loved butterflies, I gave her and her Mother some Rose of Sharon bushes for their yard, and the Mother found an old rusted horseshoe when she was digging the postholes for her new deck.

So, I scolled a butterfly taking nectar from a Rose of Sharon bush (not an original design—I don’t want to take credit where it isn’t due) into a piece of Ambrosia Maple, and I used rare earth magnets to attach the horseshoe to the maple. I understand the plaque has a place of honor over the doorway into the house.

Jennifer and Taylor's Horsehoe and Butterfly

(Sorry, I’ll have to work on how to post the pics here—this comes out entirely too large from my Photobucket account.)

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 08:30 PM

The cross mantle clock I built for LOML last years anniversary…

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 08:43 PM

Usually it is the last one I have done.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 01:23 AM

This is a tough call because I have made many projects that I like. However, I think this is my favorite so far – -

I deliberately bought some pretty gnarly, uncooperative oak for this. I don’t think a single board was flat. Nonetheless, I overcame the challenge and produced a pretty good cradle. I know the recipients appreciated it greatly. There is absolutely no hardware in this. That makes me feel like the piece is more authentic.

I can envision a father, many years ago, making something like this for the baby he and his wife are expecting.

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

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 01:38 AM

The first boat I built in my own shop:

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 01:47 AM

I expect my favorite project to be my next project… the reason being I saved the crate used to ship my younger brother’s headstone so I can build a memorial piece from it. I’ve got a few design ideas in mind, but haven’t finalized anything yet. I hope be starting this piece just after Thanksgiving.

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 02:34 AM

I made a breadbox about 25 years ago when I was in the 8th grade it was my first project. My mom still has it and uses it. I have replicated it a few times since then. You would think I could make stuff to last that long now, maybe in 25 years we will see.

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 02:45 AM

Mine is this 24” long cedar trunk

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#11 posted 11-23-2010 01:55 PM

These are some fantastic posts. It’s great to hear the back story that goes with each project. Keep em coming. Great inspiration for future projects.

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#12 posted 11-23-2010 02:04 PM

I made an airplane rocker about 5 years ago. I made it for a silent auction and my mother bought it for my son, who at the time was about 2.

I didn’t know how much he had fallen in love with it, but my mother saw it and had to have it for him.

I will have to get some pictures of it and post it here, as it was one of my first ventures into the woodworking side of things.

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#13 posted 11-23-2010 02:15 PM

This bed because it was for my daughter away at grad school who asked for it and much appreciates it.

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#14 posted 11-23-2010 02:54 PM

I built a beautiful pile of sawdust last week. It was layered with contrasting colors of walnut, maple and red oak and formed into the shape of a bag. I think I’ll pour a few gallons of glue into it and after it hardens I’ll varnish it.

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#15 posted 11-23-2010 10:03 PM

For me personally, the two electric guitars were the most challenging and most satisfying to actually work on and complete, but I’d have to say that the family enjoys the gas fireplace installation (and mantel) the more than anything else I’ve done.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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