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09-11-2012 02:11 AM

Woodworking is very fun, I enjoy it so much. But out of all the projects you’ve ever built, what was the most challenging project?


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#1 posted 09-11-2012 02:29 AM

Well, I don’t think of any project as difficult. I like figuring out the best way to do things. That is what I like to do. The actual build is just cutting and fitting. I have built a 10 drawer Acorn chest. It is 52 inches tall, 44 inches wide and 22 inches deep. It is like a big chest of drawers with 2 sets of side by side drawers. I used red oak. I dovetailed the drawers and used glue and joints to hold everything together. The only fasteners I used were to hold the plywood back in place. It was complicated but I started by drawing a set of plans so there wouldn’t be any slip ups.

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 02:50 AM

Well, I guess the most time consuming project was my miter sled for the table saw. It wasn’t hard but it was the most time consuming because of the accuracy I demanded. I have used it numerous times and it is still right on the money.

Thanks for asking AJ, what was yours?

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 02:57 AM

My kitchen cabinets. Been working on them for 2 years now.

-- jay,

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 03:16 AM

My 3 axis horizontal router table. On my 3rd iteration. The first two were acceptable, I’am looking for perfection with this thing.


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#5 posted 09-11-2012 03:37 AM

I guess that depends on when in my woodworking history the project was made. Early on in the piece, I made a Shaker Chest of Drawers with 6 drawers. It was the first time i had to generate a cut list and work out ratios for the drawer sizes. That took some time. But I guess the most challenging of all was the making of 8 Red Gum dining chairs. I’d never made chairs before and it was my first attempt at full on mortise and tenon joints that weren’t going to fail. Its amazing how much confidence achieving something like this can give you.


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#6 posted 09-11-2012 03:37 AM

So far it’s turning out to be my wall mounted hand tool cabinet. Each tool requires a custom mount, and I keep coming up with “upgrades” that further complicate the project. It’s coming along, just slower than I originally anticipated.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 09-11-2012 03:44 AM

The most hardest and diligent things I have made are the Boxes I make and give away for couples that have lost a child. I want them to have the Very Very best

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 09-11-2012 04:03 AM

Raising three daughters. ... oh, you mean woodworking? Building the house.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#9 posted 09-11-2012 04:08 AM

Overcoming essential tremors that are getting progressively worse. I’m losing that battle and will pressure my doctor a little tomorrow at my annual check-up.

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#10 posted 09-11-2012 04:09 AM

My next project is always the hardest! I haven’t decided what that will be and that is the hardest!

I have a new RA drug that has helped with the joint pain but it has sure decreased my energy level which, according to the doctor, will improve after about 6 months. It, like most drugs, has some really bad side effects but not joint pain is worth it …. so far!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 09-11-2012 04:47 AM

I agree with oldnovice.

Every project offers new challanges.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 09-11-2012 06:14 AM

My first guitar build was a bit over my head and took me a while to figure out…I don’t play, which didn’t help. It was the most challenging, but also the most rewarding.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 09-11-2012 10:04 AM

7,000 sf log home no wait the 5,400 sf log home. No no no it was the house that after the crane left we noticed one of the center trusses was in backwards. Every project has it’s own challenge. Finding the way to solve it and seeing the finished job will bring you pleasure.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#14 posted 09-11-2012 10:49 AM

Same as Muleskinner, except it was five daughters and a landscape timber house, and I had done neither before. In fact, the house was the first thing I had ever built out of wood.
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#15 posted 09-11-2012 03:14 PM

I think my hardest project was the bathroom repair.


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