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PoohBaah

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04-17-2018 04:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: swap summer swap

Alright everyone as we wrap up the Spring Swap and everyone is opening their boxes we look forward to the Summer Swap. I have graciously/crazily taken up the mantel as the leader for this swap. I have started this thread so that we will be able to discuss what we would like to see as the subject. The last few swaps have included boxes, knives, beer totes and shop surprise. All fine topics. Looking back at previous votes and discussion I see that some topics that have had interest include tool restoration, measuring/layout tools, tools that cut (anything from saws to planes to chisels) and Mallets/ Hammers.

I believe that I will let us discuss for a week or so then put up a survey so that the whole group can vote as to the topic and try and be democratic here at the beginning.

Also let me know what kind of timeline you are all thinking. I had in mind a signup date of 6/1. Progress picture 7/2. Ship by 8/3 and reveal on 8/15. Does that sound reasonable? That would give everyone a month or so off between swaps and time to work on other things and then 2 months for the swap.

I also wanted to include that all are welcome regardless of skill level. I know that when I started my first swap I felt like I would not be able to create something that stacks up to some of the more experienced creators here on LJ but I have felt my skills grow and that is what this is really about the friendships and making each other better woodworkers.

~Update 4/23~ Here is the link to vote for the theme. I will keep voting open until 5/1.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon


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#1 posted 04-17-2018 05:12 PM

Timeline looks pretty good to me Pooh!

Personally, I like the idea of a mallet/hammer swap. Measuring/layout tools are always a good option IMHO because they are so useful and it invites a wide array of entries. I think both topics lend themselves well to people of all skill levels and turners, hand-tool workers and electron eaters alike.

There’s my $.02!

Or beer. I definitely wouldn’t skip a beer swap. ;-)

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

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#2 posted 04-17-2018 05:42 PM

I’ll probably end up sitting this one out, but the timeline sounds ok to me.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 04-17-2018 08:13 PM

I like the idea of a Hammer/Mallet (especially since i just destroyed mine…) or a Bowl swap.

Both have many options for construction and level of challenge. Bowls can be made on the band saw, lathe, carving and I have even seen one done on a table saw (although I wouldn’t try it). Same for the mallet/hammer.

just my thoughts.

-- Gary, Texas

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 04-17-2018 09:23 PM

I planned on sitting out the next swap, but your timeline is making it tempting!

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

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KelleyCrafts

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#5 posted 04-17-2018 09:26 PM



I planned on sitting out the next swap, but your timeline is making it tempting!

- jeffswildwood

Retired people don’t have that option Jeff. Just sayin!

I’ll chime in on my suggestions later, I’m still thinking about what I would like to see as the theme. I’m hoping a lot of people chime in on this thread.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#6 posted 04-17-2018 10:00 PM

I would be interested in a lathe swap, though I know that not everyone has a lathe. So perhaps to be a bit more generic something that could be made on a lathe. That might also allow the hand tool aficionados to participate.
That would include hand hewn bowls, hand carved pens, beer mugs. It could also include turned mallets and hammers and even screwdrivers. Perhaps a little too generic but sort of like a themed surprise swap?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 04-17-2018 11:22 PM



I would be interested in a lathe swap, though I know that not everyone has a lathe. So perhaps to be a bit more generic something that could be made on a lathe. That might also allow the hand tool aficionados to participate.
That would include hand hewn bowls, hand carved pens, beer mugs. It could also include turned mallets and hammers and even screwdrivers. Perhaps a little too generic but sort of like a themed surprise swap?

- Lazyman


Sounds like your describing a surprise swap. Make what you want with what you want!

Retired people don t have that option Jeff. Just sayin!
- KelleyCrafts


True Dave, but I also have a craft fair to get ready for. Not to mention all the yards I cut, if it ever quits snowing. :-)

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

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#8 posted 04-18-2018 12:25 AM

I was planning on sitting it out, but Neil’s timeline tempts me. No lathe either, but a bowl (I’d almost certainly make a kuksa) might convince me to make time. I’d have to handle up another carving knife, but I should do that anyhow…

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 04-18-2018 04:31 AM

I like the measuring and marking option.

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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poospleasures

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#10 posted 04-18-2018 12:13 PM

Hi all, just a thought. How about band saw boxes? I have made almost two in my life. One about ten years ago and one about to finish now. The first one looked better than the current one. Most folks have a band saw. As I can attest to you don,t have to be a mental heavy weight to plan one. To me it is a skill builder. The material can be very cheap and the design can be a very big imagination. Try it you might like it.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#11 posted 04-18-2018 12:55 PM

Bandsaw boxes are fun projects Vernon. And I like making them for people. I don’t think I’d be interested in swapping them with woodworkers though… Not really a shop fixture and honestly, while I like making them as gifts, I have no real desire to own one…

Ditto on the bowls. Actually, I don’t really even like making those…

Don’t get me wrong, if that’s what folks want to swap, y’all go for it! Personally, I’d kinda like to see us go back to a TOOL swap on this one. That’s just my opinion… which is the right one ;-P

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

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doubleG469

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#12 posted 04-18-2018 01:00 PM

Dave I know you are just dying to try this!

-- Gary, Texas

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 04-18-2018 01:54 PM

I do plan to build a treadle lathe, Gary. Might be bungee-cords from the garage ceiling instead of a spring-pole, or might be a repurposed sewing machine. But not this year. Gotta get my post drill set up first.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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ElroyD

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#14 posted 04-18-2018 03:34 PM

Mallets and marking/measuring tools are both on my list of things to someday build, so either of those would get me moving on actually doing it. I don’t have a lathe or a bandsaw, so I’ve have to be out on either of those (a treadle lathe is on my to-do list, but I need to finish my bench first).

-- Elroy

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 04-18-2018 08:13 PM

I’ve made mallets as bonus items. Might be fun to make one as the primary swap item! That way instead of KISS (keep it simple) I could go all out!

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

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