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Forum topic by Belg1960 posted 06-18-2013 10:38 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2013 10:38 PM

My wife and son have both had whatever they asked for build. I have build so many birdhouses there floating in my dreams. I need a project thats not a JIG OR WORKSHOP RELATED THAT WILL BRING A SMALL CHALLENGE. I hope its something I can use as I don’t have a way to sell, thats worth my time. Any thoughts?????

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 10:43 PM

My next “for me” projects that aren’t shop or house related are a shaving equipment holder (gotta get that badger hair brush bristles down) and a dresser-top valet for me to toss coins, my wallet and my ring into.

Both of those can take as much craftsmanship as I’m willing to put into them, including inlay and what-have-you…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 01:21 AM

How about step stool or foot stool? There’s one of each under my profile.
A nice challenge yet functional for the house not the shop.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 01:44 AM

I think you need to make one of these, or something similar. It would be the hit of the party. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 06-19-2013 01:49 AM

How about a tote for carrying growlers? (Provided you drink beer and know what a growler is of course)
One was recently posted in projects.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 06-19-2013 01:51 AM

here ya go:

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 06-19-2013 02:11 AM

What about organizational things like dowel racks, chisel rack, sand paper cabinet or battery storage cabinet…....
What ever you think you need for your shop!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-19-2013 04:31 AM

Looking at your past posts it looks like you make models. How about a wooden boat model

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#8 posted 06-19-2013 04:42 AM

The elk in your favorite item would sell.

The coffee filter holder, also in your favorite , would sell.
Maybe business card holder, cutting boards and boxes.

Now I never sold anything woodworking…so I am not basing my self on experience.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 06-19-2013 04:50 AM

Well, It will never happen on this homefront so how about a hard wood mosiac floor made from 3/4 inch cubes? That gives me a nutso idea. I hate it when that happens!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 06-19-2013 09:27 PM

I told you I had a crazy idea.

It takes 256 3/4 inch cubes to make a square foot. I have a small bathroom Vanity. I have off cuts I don’t want to throw away. Hmmm. Time to start collecting.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 06-21-2013 10:35 AM

Guys, thanks so much for the great suggestions. It looks like the Mrs. likes the box idea…... just a little larger for a bread box. I have an idea of what I want to build and because I don’t know how to use any of the cad drawing programs I’ll build by the seat of my pants again. I wanted a little challenge so I’ll try to incorporate some Greene and Greene techniques into the project. I found the following video and think I’ll try it.
Also the son has also come up with another project a desk/computer/tv stand in one. Haven’t found the inspiration for it yet. If anyone has any thoughts I would love to hear/see them.
One last thought, I usually don’t build my projects to sell. If I had to charge by the time it takes me noone would buy anything anyway.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#12 posted 06-21-2013 11:23 AM

Bentwood rings, or bangle bracelets!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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