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Forum topic by Bobsboxes posted 02-02-2012 06:12 AM 993 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2012 06:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plans shop time question humor

How often do you start a project and half way through, the light comes on and you redesign and salvage a project that may have ended up in woodstove? Today was one of those days for me, I started a box that a friend wanted for a valintine present and he had a few ideas of how he wanted it, so big, type of wood, drawers, ect. Well I have never been able to stick to a set of plans, but I am also very lucky to be able to see the finished product in my mind. I rarely do anything that I don’t plan while I am working on something else. I got started diging through my wood piles and found some fitting pieces, and had a plan. I drew up a small sketch of the Jewery box and cleaned up some wood and sat down for a break. And as I was getting ready to make the first cuts, the light came on and a final plan came out on my scratch paper. I sometimes wonder if I am the only one that can’t open a book and build something from a set of plans?

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 06:34 AM

I think if you have the know how to design and build something plans are not that relative any more. Many times I see a photo of something I want to make and just build it and design it on the fly.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 11:40 AM

I think if there is a plan offered for a project than lots of people have probably built it, there’s no fun in that.
There is no creativity in following a plan exactly. I enjoy doing things on the fly or following my own design plan. I guess I am also one who “can’t open a book and build something from a set of plans”.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 02:08 PM

Now THAT is why I am so slow in the woodshop! Sometimes I go to the shop, pick up parts/lumber that is going into my project and just stair at them, turning them around and thinking/brainstorming. I am a relative rookie in total numbers of projects and such, so I suspect that I am just trying to NOT make too many mistakes. My stock of scrap shows that I am NOT always successful at avoiding rookie mistakes, but I have fun doing it.

I obviously depend on the written plans at this point in my WW-ing, although I do/am trying to mix/blend features between plans, without going too far out on the limb experience wise. Overall, it is my hope that all this “extra” time is paying off in a better quality project. At least that is the plan.


-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 02:09 PM

Agreed most of my projects are from my mind, sometimes I may even dream in my night time sleep about a project or how to finish one up.

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#5 posted 02-02-2012 04:24 PM

Thanks guys, I really would be bored to build something from plans. Some days, like yesterday I had a hard time deciding how I wanted the box to look, then after picking out soom wood, and mulling over out come of project, it came to me. Thanks again

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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