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dakremer

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925 days ago

Hey guys – I think this is what we are going to do for this community box project

I am going to go to my local woodworking store and get some nice wood. I will cut it to the approx size of the box we want. I will also add a piece of wood I want the next person to incorporate into the box. I’ll take pictures of what I’m going to send to the next person and start a blog and ask who wants to take the box next based on what they see. They can PM me (so no one knows who’ll be getting it next) and let me know. When that person is done they can send me pics (and a write up) and I’ll post it as the next blog entry. Every person has to send a piece of wood (scrap or whatever) to the next person to incorporate into the box. Every blog entry will be about where the box is, who worked on it, what was done to it (a write up by that person) and hopefully tons of pics. Every person must send a piece of wood along for the next person though – even if its just a tiny piece.
I dont care if we end up with a frankenstein box, or whatever. The purpose isnt to have an amazing looking box at the end. I think the real purpose is to see where the box will end up and what story comes with it and to bring the community together in a fun project! Let me know if this all sounds good, or if we should change something. Otherwise I’ll get the wood this week and get it sent off. When I add the first blog entry I’ll need someone to PM me saying that they want the box next….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!


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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 925 days ago

This is a doable project. When I was doing photography I participated in a forum where we put together a portfolio and shipped it all over the world for participants to see what others were doing. Believe or not the portfolio went as far as Norway and South America from the US, where most of the participants were. For some of us it was a bit more expensive to ship since we were outside the US, but it was worth the “price of admission” as it were.

I would love to participate, but I have two big commissions now and I have absolutely no time for the fun side of WW. In any case, for those of you who do have time, it is a worth while thing to do. You learn a lot by just seeing what other do.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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superstretch

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#2 posted 925 days ago

The first thing that popped into my head was something my mom and the rest of the ladies do at church.. They call it “secret sister”. Everyone draws someone else’s name and for 6 or so months, they pray for, give cards to, and give small gifts to the person they drew.

Its a pretty cool idea and is meant to encourage each other throughout the year.. I don’t know how applicable most of that is to LJ, but the spirit of it could be similar

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Russ

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#3 posted 925 days ago

I think it’s an interesting idea and should be cool to see the results. Coordination might be tough but it would be neat.

-- Russ

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KnickKnack

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#4 posted 925 days ago

An interesting idea.
A variant you might like to consider, which would be weirder, but possibly amazing, is a variant on the Surrealists “game” “Exquisite corpse”.
In this variant you collaborate, but do not cooperate – I, for example, make you the handle, someone else a single side (4 people), someone else the top. No-one else knows how anyone else is making “their piece”. Then you assemble an almost certainly wacky box. Obviously one would need to define sizes so it would actually fit together.
Just what popped into my head when I read your idea.

Exquisite corpse comes, of course, from the first result – “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau” – “The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.” – which I still think, 40 years after first discovering it, is very beautiful.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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superstretch

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#5 posted 925 days ago

Haha KnickKnack, that’s a really cool idea.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 924 days ago

I think the idea of one person working on a project, then sending it to another person to continue and so on is impractical for one reason- It only takes one weak link to break a chain. It only takes one person to get the project in the mail, then get too busy to do his part of it, or fail to package it properly when he ships it, or have it get lost in the mail, and everyone’s project is ruined. Unless it is a small effort, involving three or four trustworthy people, there is bound to be trouble.

My idea is this: Everyone makes a project and gives it to a fellow LJ, who also signs up to make a project, as a gift. We all put our names in a hat, and the sponsor randomly assigns someone from the pool to make a project for someone else in the pool. Everyone makes a project for someone, and everyone gets a project from someone.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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DS

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#7 posted 924 days ago

Here’s another idea which we did a while back in our community.

We were approached by a children’s shelter to make toys for abused children. The center coordinated with several different groups. We got materials donated from our vendors and we made toy doll cradles and rocking chairs. A local boy scout troup painted them. A local church womens organization quilted doll blankets and clothes and another organization collected and rehab’ed used dolls.

At the end of the project the shelter was furnished with dolls and toys to help children in crisis.

I think I would much rather contribute to benefit a worthy common cause than receive someone elses work for myself.

If we, as a group, distributed plans for a common project and each LJ sends as many of the completed units as they feel comfortable with, we could benefit a lot of people. Such a project should be coordinated with the charity who would receive them so the projects would be within thier needs and necessary guidelines.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 924 days ago

DS’s idea could work, but a couple issues would have to be resolved.

First, the charity would have to be both religiously or politically neutral or it will discourage many from participating.

Second, there are laws now (since a few years back) that strictly regulate toys. They were enacted after the lead scare in Chinese toys. The law requires any toy made for commercial purposes to be professionally tested at an approved lab for lead content. Even if you don’t make the toy, if you sell or distribute it, you are bound by the same law. (People have actually been fined for selling old toys at yard sales) Now, giving them away to a public or private institution or charity may still be considered, by the government, to bound by the same laws. That will have to be checked into, unfortunately.

You can’t just make toys for a children’s hospital anymore, the government wants to protect kids from danger and I would hate for a good cause to be destroyed by legal trouble.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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DS

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#9 posted 924 days ago

It doesn’t have to be toys. It could be anything thing they need.

The AWFS show each year has standardized plans that demonstrators use when showing off thier machinery. The result is usually furniture that can be used by needy folks after the show. Nightstands, dressers, the like.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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chrisstef

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#10 posted 924 days ago

Im in …. love the idea doug.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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dakremer

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#11 posted 924 days ago

While I’m all about getting together and doing something like what DS251 suggested, I was more thinking of something like my original plan or knickknack’s idea. Just something fun to do within our little community of woodworkers. If someone wants to get together some plan to build a bunch of stuff for a charity though, I’m in

Chrisstef – so far it’s me and you. You want to do my original plan or knickknack’s? I kind of like my idea better because then we could see it progress as it gets from one person to the other and see where it’ll end up. Who knows what itll look like in the end, but the cool part is that itll be a surprise every time. The box doesn’t have to be showroom quality, or perfect, that way any skill level could help out or particpate, and we can make it smaller so it’s cheaper to ship. I would gladly start it out and ship something to chrisstef to let him work his magic, but we need some more people to do it after him.

Actually I just had a thought. I think it’d be really interesting if I started a simple basic box, and then sent along a piece of wood or whatever that the next person has to add somehow to the box. Then when they send it to the next person they have to add a piece of wood for the next personal add to the box, and so on…..that way you never know what ur gonna be able to do with the box when you get it…..

We really only need a handful of people to be involved to make it work, but of course the more the merrier. I think LJs would get a kick of watching it evolve and finding out where the box ends up….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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chrisstef

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#12 posted 924 days ago

Ill try anything really either your idea or Knicks … small sounds like a good plan to make shipping easier. This thing will be a total frankenstein. Ive got some interesting cut off and small pieces that ive been dying to use on a project .. maybe this will be the one.

Now ive just got to complete the other 6 projects i have and ill be ready to go!

It definately needs a shipwright hinge on it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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dakremer

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#13 posted 924 days ago

Well hopefully we can get shipwright to join in :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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DS

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#14 posted 924 days ago

It would seem we may have two diverging ideas about this “Community Project.”
They can both still happen nicely, I think.

Perhaps we should start a new topic regarding a project for charity.
There would obviously be a bit of legwork involved to organize it and jump any regulatory hurdles.

Any volunteers to head up that thread?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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DS

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#15 posted 924 days ago

I am curious about the basic box idea being notioned about—Who ends up with the final item?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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