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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 12-30-2013 11:09 AM 1232 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2013 11:09 AM

The new year is upon us.
I am not talking about new year resolutions.

What would like to achieve in your shop in your business or in your house in 2014?
What new tool would you like to acquire?
Which new skill would like to acquire?
Which skill would like to improve upon?

Personally I am planning on retiring in two year (2016) and I getting ready for that.
I know that no one ever have all the tools that he desires but I certainly have most of them.
My shop has been finished for quite a while and my house remolding is also about finished.
My plan is to use my time, talents and my shop, after retirement, to help those around me in my neighborhood and in my church.
If my daughter get married and she does not move out of Utah and she buys a house, I am sure that she will have plenty of projects to keep me busy too, but she has no such plan for now.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 12:39 PM

Well that’s got me thinking.

In business? I need to finish writing that book (very boring programming manual).
In house? Shaker sideboard and corner cupboard.
In shop? I MUST organize fasteners and generally clean up.
New tool? Maybe a jointer or bandsaw (but probably neither).
New skill? Hand dovetails, quick and good enough.
Improved skill? Sharpening (razors aren’t sharp enough: must be surgical).

There; that oughta keep me busy.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 01:06 PM

Happy new year.

-- buy sildenafil citrate,

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 01:32 PM

This may sound counter-productive, but I am getting tired of making guitars and would like to move on to some other wood endeavor. I have had pretty good success putting things in my local gallery, don’t actually need any money that I might make out of the shop, so I want to build what I want to build. Big decision, since I have at least two people who want to give me deposits in the next couple months for guitars. But I’m thinking about it…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 01:51 PM

Thank you for your replies

-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 02:55 PM


That’s an awfully useful skill you’ve built, so you might want to expand your repertoire. Acoustics, mandolins, fiddles, etc. The world can always use more music.

You can always start in on furniture, just to keep things interesting. With all those wonderful curves you do, you might want to consider taking on an early American reproduction; maybe something Townsend or Goddard. I’ll never be able to do something that wonderfully significant, but I bet you could.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 03:08 PM

If the world cooperates, I have a business plan to steadily increase my business to the point of me retiring from my regular job and doing woodwork full time in 5 years. So 2014 I want it to double from 2013, I 2016 I want double from 2014. by 2019 I want it to be my only job. Ambitious, yes. But I actually believe it’s achievable.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 04:03 PM

I want see 2015.

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#8 posted 12-30-2013 04:06 PM

Buce, I hope that you will see 2015 and 2016

-- Bert

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#9 posted 12-30-2013 04:14 PM

Looking at my shop, pickup in the middle, I want to build a larger garage, with wood workshop behind it so
I will have room to park vehicles and have all my tools set up and easy to use. When I started this, I was
not planning on having so many tools, or having so much fun with them. Dad told me the time to plan to
drain the swamp was not when you are up to your waist in alligators, but he did not tell me that wood
working tools tended to multiply so fast and easy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 12-30-2013 04:29 PM

Reorganize the shop…again.
Sharpen everything…again.
Finish this run of chests and swear to never make multiples…again.
Make a couple A&C floor lamps and if I’m ambitious enough, one of those A&C table lamps.
Make some collapsible 6 packs for my BIL that brews his own.
Make a router lathe for more canes.
Finally, make a router duplicator for which I’ve had the plans for a couple years.
That ought to keep me busy till October, then it’s gifts for Christmas.

-- 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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#11 posted 12-30-2013 09:47 PM

Thank you all lor your replies

-- Bert

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#12 posted 12-30-2013 10:07 PM

Howdy Bert!

No Fair getting me to think before the new year.
1) Finish the Garage.
2) Finish Living room tables (1 left)
3) Reupholster 2 Chairs
4, 5 and 6) Remodel 2 bathrooms and the remainder of the kitchen (build cabinets myself).
7) Remodel Office.
8) Landscape.
9) Build new Fence.
10) Build Shed.
11) Redo Hall Way cabinet.

If….I get that done.

12 – 16) BR furniture for Daughter.
17 – 22) Office furniture
23) Instrument rack.

Sounds Like a lot. Lord Give me strength!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 12-30-2013 10:31 PM

Mark, yes indeed, it sounds like a lot.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 12-30-2013 10:48 PM

I am retired and have the main list of tools to build most of the things I like, so…
this coming year I plan to redo our kitchen. No significant change in layout, just build new cabinets to replace the old ones.

I would like to help our kids, and their kids celebrate their birthdays this coming year. Me and the missus also.
I too would like to see 2015.

So, with all that said, I will start next week building a couple of cabinet bases for my dear old mom for her birthday. She could use some more counter space.

Happy New Year to all.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 12-31-2013 12:40 AM

Thank you Mike

-- Bert

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