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Forum topic by AAL posted 02-11-2018 06:53 PM 1267 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AAL

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02-11-2018 06:53 PM

I’m basically a hobbyist woodworker that has a reasonable shop with a decent amount of equipment and enough experience to use them. In the past I’ve focused on, and have made a good number of items as gifts: jewelry boxes, cutting boards, trivets, Christmas ornaments, toys, etc, all on the small side, i.e. usually less than 2’ in any direction.

I prefer to work with poplar, hard maple, black walnut, mahogany, white/red oak, and ash. I’m not interested in making product for income – this is strictly a retirement pastime thing. I’ve also made a bunch of jigs that are used primarily on the table saw, router, bandsaw, and drill press. They just sit there ready to be used.

As crazy as this sounds, my dilemma is that I’ve run out of ideas and am looking for a source of new ideas & projects, something that is challenging in terms of design, joinery and craftsmanship. My daughter is about to give birth to a son, and I ran up a list of things to make: crib, toy chest, rocking horse, etc, but it came back that hard edges & corners of wood aren’t as forgiving as the well round corners and softer surfaces of plastic children furniture & toys.

I’ve read many woodworking magazines, but have come up with only a few projects this way. I realize I’m making this sound like an impossible request, and am embarrassed to ask, but any suggestions for online woodworking sources that focus on this type of woodworking? I’m going crazy not spending time in the shop and I’m not ready to sell off my equipment yet & give up woodworking.

-- "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 07:00 PM

Pinterest

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 07:06 PM

Good one! Thank you.

I hadn’t seen that one. I’ll check it out.

-- "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 07:21 PM

Here are a couple of things I have made. Plans for the adjustable chair are posted in my projects. I have made about 20 of these for grandkids and friends. Some of the kids used the chair daily up to their teens. I can send you drawings of the rocking chair parts (puzzle) if you like. As you can see I took the idea from the person listed in the picture and he did not have any plans so I made my own.
The rocking dog is just right for a toddler to use and of course other animal heads could be substituted…just no sharp points.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 07:25 PM

LesB, that rocking chair grabbed me right away. It’s beautiful and I want to make one.

If you could send me info on the rocking chair I’d appreciate it.

Thank you,

-- "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 08:01 PM

After furnishing my house via my unplugged wood shop, I too found myself wondering what to build next. Believe it or not, not everyone is into colonial era furniture … go figure! Nor does anyone want to pay for the time spent building furniture in an unplugged wood shop. I needed to find something to build that would not only be historical, but rewarding and showcase my acquired skills. I ended up building Prie Dieux. I just recently finished the fourth is a series of four Prie Dieux for the clergy at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Tucker, GA. Although I’m using existing design elements, my Prie Dieux are my own designs based on the personality of the recipient.

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#6 posted 02-11-2018 08:19 PM



Couple of things I made for the little kids next door

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#7 posted 02-11-2018 08:27 PM

Nice Lew, very nice indeed!

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#8 posted 02-12-2018 07:44 PM

Another possibility

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 02-12-2018 08:35 PM

Holy Moly! Looks like I’l have my future grandson spoiled!

-- "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

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#10 posted 02-12-2018 08:45 PM

Sorry, AAL … I misinterpreted the OP. When you said you ran crib, toy chest, rocking horse, etc. past your daughter and she came back with ”... hard edges & corners of wood aren’t as forgiving as the well rounded corners and softer surfaces of plastic children furniture & toys…”; I thought perhaps you were looking for other woodworking projects to pursue. My bad!

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#11 posted 02-12-2018 09:26 PM

No problems Ron. It’s a nice piece of work and I think later when the grandson is older on this could be a great project.

-- "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

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