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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 09-20-2012 02:43 PM 1545 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2012 02:43 PM

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So I was thinking this morning about what is on my to-do list as far as woodworking projects. We just had our first child on August 16th, so time in the garage has plummeted. Items are being added to the list faster than they are being knocked off (this was the case before the baby, but not as lopsided).

My List (not necessarily in the order my wife would approve of):
- Doors/Drawers for shop cabinets. Finished the carcass/top the day before our baby was born. Doors I can live without, but cabinets aren’t as useful without drawers.
- Baby gate (actually looking forward to this one, going with walnut/maple).
- Shelves for laundry room.
- Pull-out bottle rack for kitchen cabinet.
- Need to replace failing MDF shelves in garage for paper towel, cleaning supply, etc storage (could turn this out in a couple hours if…well…I had a couple hours).
- Various pieces (clamp rack, table saw blade storage, etc) for my garage wall cleat system.
- Recipe box for the Mrs.
- And then tack on the long list of projects I’d like to try and jigs I’d like to build to do those projects.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 02:56 PM

Holy hell, don’t get me started.

My list:

Get my shop running:
Complete the rebuild on my Belsaw planer.
Adapt the Unifence rail to fit my PM66…adapt my Rockler router table to fit the PM66. Bulild an outfeed table
Complete the stand for my Craftsman disc/belt sander. It has a stand, but I want a wooden base with casters
Repaint my lathe
Finish repainting the Grizzly shaper I just picked up

Once that’s done (maybe another month or so), here’s the actual wood working list:

Start on some small boxes and a mantel clock for the woman that gave me much of my shop equipment
Spend more time on the lath
Build a Pennsylvania Spice Box
Start building a loft bed for the youngest tax deduction
Build more band saw boxes
Spend more time on the lathe
Start building a sewing center for the missus
Next summer…a kitchen rebuild. I’m scared.
Spend more time on the lathe…

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 02:59 PM

Oh yeah I forgot to tack on the new vanity my wife wants for the bathroom so we can have a two-sink setup.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 03:00 PM

Oh, and the missus wants a bunch of simple wall shelves for the house. That’ll probably be near the top of things to do.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 03:03 PM

Brad, it may help to keep a separate list of small projects called the “That’ll shut her up for a while” list.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 03:03 PM


-- Semper fi, Brad

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 03:07 PM

Some briefcases to transport pistols for 1 son.
A long gun cabinet for the other son.
Jig saw puzzles for the grand kids.
A copy Carver for me.
Some jewelry boxes just because.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 03:18 PM

Listen to Ed, Brad… listen to Ed…


-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 03:43 PM

Not in order…..

Add some ducts for DC
New end tables for the living room in the greene and greene style, been reading so much about this style
Coffee table for living room
Kitchen cabinets for sons new home
New entertainment center, but unsure of the TV that we’re going with
A few cutting boards for xmas (first glue-up is done)
Murphy bed (this would be the second one we have, more grandkids on the way and I’m lovin it!)
Scrub plan, have a small pile of some exotics, and fellow LJs have given me some great new ideas
I’ve done 4 acoustic guitars, time for another one.
Outdoor bench for a friend
Garage shelving for a friend
Wishing well planter for mother-in-law

Just a 30 second brain dump

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 03:54 PM

Just recently moved, waiting patiently for my new shed/workshop to be installed. Then moving my tools from Fla to NC and setting up, yet again, another woodworking shop. This time, however, I will not be building for customers. This time I will build things for my family, friends and loved ones. Oh yeah, and ME!!!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 04:00 PM

No particular order

Bedside tables for both my daughters
Bookshelf for my yougest
Out-feed table for TS
wall cleats in shop
shop cabinets
garage shelving
basement shelving

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 09-20-2012 04:38 PM

daughters desk (almost done with)
daughters chaulkboard (almost done with)
kitchen table for our kitchen
chairs for table
outdoor table and chairs
another ladder shelf
floating shelfs
laundry basket holder
miter saw stand
outfeed table for ts
sandpaper holder
saw blade holder
oh my god what has my hobby turned into.more work for myself.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 09-20-2012 05:37 PM

I made a small batch of wooden cutting boards to sell at work, which sold out in 2 days. Since then, my email has been flooding with custom orders.

I’ve got 10 custom orders at the moment, and a few others who said they wanted just some standard boards that I can make production style. And it’s not even close to christmas yet when I expect a bigger rush. So, I’m getting busy.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 09-20-2012 05:45 PM

—Complete the interior of the tool chest refurb
—Complete the wall hung tool cabinet
—Build an entry foyer bench / cabinet / locker setup in the house (BIG project)

Plus, replace leaky windows of the shop with new ones. Yuck.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#14 posted 09-20-2012 05:46 PM

I’ve got two lists: The “things I’d like to do” and “the things I a really doing.”

The first list is way to long to type and makes me dizzy just to think about. My second list is easy:

Cutting the bottom panels for my serving trays.
Making one more tray bottom.
That whole long list of Christmas presents I promised…

-- I'll be in the shop -

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#15 posted 09-20-2012 11:47 PM

ALWAYS move projects projects for your wife to the top of your list and use each of those projects to justify the purchase of a new tool. LOL

-- Art

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