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Forum topic by jeffswildwood posted 407 days ago 657 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I have been on here I have seen mallet swaps, marker swaps and now plane swaps. All really good ideas and I love the idea but they are out of my experience level so I can’t take part. Well, how about a box swap??? Face it, we all make boxes of one form or the other, fits almost everyone’s skill level and is fun to make and show. Make a size restriction L by w and let the creativity flow. How about it everyone, what do you think?!

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#1 posted 407 days ago


-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 407 days ago

Hey Jeff, I’m in but don’t sell yourself short buddy you have the experience to build mallets, markers, or planes you just go at a slower pace like me :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 407 days ago

I agree with Lee. I had never made a mallet, marking knife, or marking gauge before, but the swap got me to try it, and I’m glad for it :-) Though the plane seems a bit more ambitious lol

A box swap sounds like fun. Maybe a size restriction such as “fits in a medium flat rate box” or something?

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#4 posted 407 days ago

Jeff, I looked at your projects. I agree with the above. A plane is just a box that holds a sharp iron!

But if your doing a box swap, you can count me in.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 407 days ago

Lee, you may be right, confidence?

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#6 posted 407 days ago

Jump in w/two feet. I had never made any of the swap items before. They are good learning experience and fun to participate in. If you do go forward with a box swap, I will join up too.

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#7 posted 407 days ago

I may think about making a plane, But I just meant the box swap as a future idea. Just something I would like to see. I don’t think I am in position to organize something this big. But I appreciate the confidence in my my skills!

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#8 posted 407 days ago

The first thing I ever made out of wood was this plane:

Using very crappy tools and zero woodworking experience. Don’t be intimidated, they really aren’t complicated. Saw the plans in wood mag and went to town. Everyone can make a plane.

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#9 posted 392 days ago

A box swap sounds great! Count me in (as long as it’s after the plane swap)! I am still learning everything about planes. Things I wouldn’t have learned had I not joined the swap!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 392 days ago

I have never got in on any of the “swaps” and feel bad because of it. I had to give up my shop, then I was in school, now Im in the middle of moving(seems like this ordeal will never end), then Ill be starting a new job plus still will be without a shop.
I love watching these swaps though, you guys make some terrific stuff. Maybe sometime, if ya’ll don’t deplete the pool of swap’ables, I will be able to get in on one. Some of the stuff made by people here is just great, the tools especially.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#11 posted 392 days ago

+1 for being in on a box swap after the plane swap… Still need to make a band saw box and really wanted to get a table/fence built first… Never enough shop hours in the day… Making my first wooden plane and certain you could pull it off!

Have had the thought that it might be fun to have a scrap wood swap. Requires absolutely no skill and would enable us to attain small sections of alternate woods to play with… Say those participating could fill one of those “if it fits it ships” mailing boxes and exchange cutoffs, small odd shapes of exotics, etc. etc. for $8 or whatever shipping cost is.

Know I could fill a box with cool woods and would certainly appreciate a box of new woods!! Christmas in July or just keep it running for continual exchanges.

Not sure if others have a section of hardwood scraps set up into a building on shelf somewhere in their shop, wish I wasn’t at work and could post a picture, guess if anyone is willing/able to sponsor such a swap I will post a pic of my scrap selection minus a few actual short boards which I would no doubt pull for someone to swap with :)

-- Dan

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#12 posted 392 days ago

Dan, the scrap wood swap seems like a pretty good idea. I wonder if it would need to be a swap like we’ve been doing, or just a thread were you could post something like…..”I got a bunch of white oak scraps I’d trade for a box of almost anything else?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 391 days ago

Believe a simple post would work… Just figured a swap matchmaker would come in handy similar to the current swaps. Although I’d say your example works just fine, would just message for address info I suppose. Could post pictures of the scraps to get those interested and throw in the odd ball suprise piece… I’m game although I’d prefer a mix of woods as there are a number of which I have not yet had a chance to work with.

-- Dan

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