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Forum topic by jacob34 posted 05-16-2012 03:38 PM 1011 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2012 03:38 PM

I noticed last night as I lay in bed thinking about both projects I have started, old fashioned toys requested by my dad, a old woman’s tooth which I feel will make a project I am getting ready to start easier and projects in the bin waiting to be started, bookshelf for one of my sons and a liquor cabinet for my wife (probably needed because of my tools and woodworking).

As I was thinking about this I remembered all the projects I dreamed of when first deciding to start woodworking. I came to a realization that with the exception of my sons bookshelf, and even that has changed in design, none of the projects are what I planned. This started me wondering how many out of ten projects are purely dreamed up and built with not being a necessary for our family or a gift someone either asked for or we knew they would love. I am talking about projects such as building a box for the sake of a box or a project that serves no purpose except to feed our habit and get us in the shop.

I personally only get maybe 2 out of 10 at this point that are not motivated or directed by someone or a situation. I will admit I have a family of seven and that influences my projects.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 05:41 PM

My desire is driven by need, requests are seldom done. Even my dream project is driven by need as opposed to desire. Maybe some day I’ll do a cube in a cube project just because there’s no need for it except for whimsy.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 05:43 PM

I think this is why we build jigs and shop projects like cabinets and other storage pieces. Its not for anyone else. It gets us working and when we’re done, there’s a certain utility to the project. and if we screw it up in both design and manufacture, no one sees it any way and we just pull it apart and start over again when we have the time or inclination. I’ve turned I dont know how many tablelegs just for the sake of turning table legs and the designs/patterns I really like, I commit to a template for later use….....I use just glued up poplar blanks that my local wood supplier makes for cheap so I dont spend a lot of money on the “project”. No education is a waste even if you “self impose” that learning so you can create better stuff when it counts. Just a thought.

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 06:37 PM

I started my trek into woodworking as a hobby about 2 years ago. I grew up in the wood working and building trade, my father was a floorman for over 50 years. But I only dabbled in woodworking as the need arose; book shelf here, tool box there, a doghouse, that kind of thing. Then I decided to rebuild and renovate our kitchen. Of course, I needed bigger tools and a shop to do work on that scale.

So now, two years later, I have 4 sets of plans for kitchen renovations, have built a truss in the attic so I could remove a load bearing wall, and have actually started to build the shop of my dreams. Had a significant roadblock thrown up by becoming unemployed for a few months, thanks BHO. And now I work for half what I was making before, but at least i’m working.

Don’t know if I’ll live long enough to complete all the projects I have on paper, but I’ll die trying.

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