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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 749 days ago 1192 views 0 times favorited 52 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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749 days ago

Greetings guys and gals:

As I was looking at my favorites this morning to see what all I had (I forgot, it’s been so long), it got me to thinking about this…..I’m going on nearly 3 years with LJs, and I’ve seen so many projects, blogs, and threads where people say ” I’ve got to build one of those, and it’s going in my favorites”...But how many of us actually build what we favorite? I know I haven’t yet, and I’ve only got 5 that I’ve had for a good while….I think our intentions are good when we see something we really like and want to build, but I think most of the time it don’t happen…..Other projects get in the way, or things come up, and we have to put them off for now… or do we just favorite them with good intentions? And how about giving the OP some credit if /when you build their projects..To me, it’s a compliment to the original builder of the project if you build his project, but just give credit where credit is due…...So….back to the original question: Do you actually build your favorites?

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......


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NiteWalker

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#1 posted 749 days ago

Not yet, but a lot of the favorites I save are for reference.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Rick Dennington

3253 posts in 1692 days


#2 posted 749 days ago

I think that’s why a lot us save them….for reference to do later….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#3 posted 748 days ago

Rick, what a wonderful post.

You expressed so well exactly how I have felt. I have lots of “favorites” that I keep for various reasons. Either I want to build one like it or I want to show it to someone or there is a feature on that one particular project that I want to use later on, or on and on and on.

You really hit the nail on the head with your post. (altho you probably couldn’t hit a damn thing with your .30)

To add to my comment here, something I should have said long ago. This site is a treasure-trove full of inspiration, friendship, great ideas, etc. I don’t buy ANYTHING without checking it out here first, and almost always go with LJ recommendations I don’t build anything without checking what others have done to learn the hows and whys. LJ’s has actually added much positive to my life as I get much more satisfaction from better tools, better projects, learning the right stuff, etc.

So, thanks for posting such a great comment, and thanks to all the LJ’s who inspire and teach me so much (and include yourself in that list).

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 748 days ago

Mostly I keep favorites if it contains a construction along the lines of what I might have in mind for something down the road. Mine is never exactly like it but I gain clues to how I might modify it to get what I want. Occasionally there is a piece that I look at, would like to make someday, probably never will but hold onto it just in case I ever am able to make something like it. For example:

This piece by Pete Holzman. Is this a unique conversation piece or what? Beautiful indeed.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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WinterSun

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#5 posted 748 days ago

At present, I’ve built exactly none of my favorites, although there are a couple that I intend to copy, more or less. Mostly, though, my favorites are there because there’s something about them. A technique, a design feature, something that inspires me and that I want to incorporate into my own work.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 748 days ago

Thanks, Bruce…..I just try to call like I see it…..Yea…there is some great information that you can aquire from LJs…We have some of the best woodworkers and craftsman on this site…..real artisians….I’ve always been curious about this subject, so I thought I’d just throw it out there….This has always been a good reference place to buy tools, power tools, and hand tools….You’‘ll most likely get the straight dope from these folks…..Good, bad, or indifferent, they will lay it out for you…..one way or another…..
I was a machine gunner….never got to fire a .30 caliber….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 748 days ago

Craftsman: That is an unusual piece, but beautiful inspiration…hope you get ‘er done…..

Rory: Like I said, I’ve not built any either, but I have them just in case….mainly design features is what I look at, and if it strikes my fancy, I’ll keep it for future feference…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Mosquito

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#8 posted 748 days ago

I would agree that most of my favorites are either things I enjoy looking at from time to time, or things that inspire me or I want to get design ideas from

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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sarahss

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#9 posted 748 days ago

nope. it’s just my version of eye candy and something to aspire to.

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 748 days ago

Mosquito:

I really think that is one reason we favorite projects…is to look at them for a design feature, or we just like them…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 748 days ago

sarahss: I agree…just like I told Mosquito….they do make pretty good eye candy as you called it….:)

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 748 days ago

I’ve favorited six things and built two of them. I guess .333 is not a bad batting average. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dbhost

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#13 posted 748 days ago

I have favorited a LOT of the drum sander builds, and am using them for inspiration for my own drum sander build. So while not a copy of, I guess you could say I am building from my favorites.

An over window shelf I favorited about 2 years ago has been built and installed in one of our bedrooms, and I am in the process of remodeling the kitchen, and will include 2 of these…

The Harbor Freight dust collector mod is in limbo right now due to budget and schedule, but is on my to do list…

I am unsure about the sheet goods cart I favorited. I have found several other designs that seem to work well too…

So many projects, so little time, and even less money…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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stefang

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#14 posted 748 days ago

I’m like you Rick. I’ve favorited a bunch of stuff, but I haven’t actually built any of them. In fact I haven’t built much of anything for awhile. Every time I think I will get into the shop, something comes up, and now it will be gardening until next October. Thanks for the opportunity to have a whine. Too bad it’s not drinkable.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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John Gray

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#15 posted 748 days ago

Are you actually supposed to build your favorites???? ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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