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Forum topic by markplusone posted 03-04-2012 10:19 PM 1113 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2012 10:19 PM

Hey fellow lumberjocks. Im back again after a rather long absence and I have a question. I have been working in the shop so much for a single contractor making good money but now, I feel like Im losing skill. See the tables I have been making are the rough reclaimed pine tables. Ive made literally over 150 in the last year and I got it down but now that I can do those in my sleep, I feel like Ive lost the edge for desighn and joinery. I need to do something special. Something that showcases the things that I love in woodworking. Depth and natural beauty of the wood, interpreting what I can get, placement and types of joints etc. etc. I have wood that Im thinking of using. Its a 96”x18”x2” and a 96”x8”x2” plank of quilted maple. With these pieces, I want to make something with a large wow factor. My question is to everyone, if put in the same place, what would you build? I dont know what Im going to do with it after its completed. Probably give it away. With so many ideas rolling around Im kinda at a mental standstill so ideas would be most appreciated. Thanks for the help in advance.

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 01:02 AM

Blanket chest? Hope chest?

Hall Butler. (you know, with a mirror, coat hooks, hat shelf, and a bin for boots and shoes.)

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 05:25 AM

Yeah, Im still up at midnight still thinking about this. Thanks Dan for the ideas. I want something that would be a normal use or common room item. I was even thinking a matching set of end tables. I have some walnut and also some aaa birdseye layin around too. Keep em coming guys. Spent a half hour at my drawing table with this stupid look on my face (my wifes says its a cross between ‘the baby has a dirty diaper’ face and ‘Im constipated’ face). That fits cuz Im stuck, and I dont like it! So the internal conflict rages on…. Thanks again guys

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 05:51 PM

I would suggest reading more woodworking stuff. I was working for a company that I did a whole bunch of repititious production stuff constantly and I felt I was stagnating, so I started reading books and magazines and so on, granted about 4out fo 5 articles I knew a better way, or had more experience than the author and knew what he was saying was incorrect, but it made me think through what I already knew, and added on the 5th article that I didn’t already know. Now if they just wrote more about rarer skills….

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 08:24 PM

Jack Nicklaus used to practice the most on the part of his game that was giving him the most trouble at the time.
He used to say, “If I’m putting good, why should I practice putting?”
I would suggest that you take on a project with a skill set that is completely new for you. It might contain tricky joinery, or a challenging wood species, or curves and angles that you are not used to.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 08:41 PM

K9inda like bein’ a production mode? The old addage is to “follow the money”. What pays the most? What can ya turn out the best/fastest? If you can build the best , why try to build the next_ unless the market really wants it. Not tryin’ to sound like I want ya to get caught in a RUUUTTTT. Just don’t expand beyond the needed market items without some very careful study.


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#6 posted 03-10-2012 10:56 PM

Good point. This repitition stuff is allowing me to make money quickly and consistently. I just miss school and before I started where I did stuff that I wanted to the way I wanted to. Reminiscent of my “old days” I guess. I can say that of all the many facets of woodworking, finishing is my achilles heel. So maybe a highly figured wood in something that plays with light. I dont know. Ill listen to some pink floyd tonight just before bed and see what I dream about! LOL

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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