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05-02-2014 01:05 AM

Just wondering how many projects people are making a year.. This is more for the hobbyist . I am a hobbyist and make about 10 small projects a year and most of them are made in the fall as christmas presents . Usually make about 5 projects between sept to december and I am getting done days before christmas .We all would like more shop time but that thing called life gets in the way.

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 01:33 AM

Hmmm, for me it’s more like years per project. I’ll have a big one (or 2 – or 3) that take 2-4 years to wrap up. Along the way, I’ll probably get 3-6 other smaller ones done.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 04:22 AM

It varies greatly!
Sometimes I do a couple simple ones in a month and sometimes it takes me a couple of years to finish one big one.
I always have something in the works and very rarely is my project list empty.

I think it’s probably along the same lines as Steve in #1 post.

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

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 09:12 AM

2 to 3 in a good season. The civilized weather season is pretty short around here, so I get maybe 4 months a year that are comfortable to work in.

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

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 12:24 PM

as many as possible.

I usually get 4 or 5 big projects done a year, plus lots of odds and ends shop stuff/small things like Deer Euro Mounts.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 12:49 PM

I posted 19 projects in this last year, many were small gift projects, some were large like my Roubo workbench. I know I made several projects that I didn’t get around to photographing and posting. I’m continually making stuff for the shop that I rarely post. I strive to get in a couple hours shop time every day. It adds up when you keep at it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 05-02-2014 12:51 PM

I do them in my “free time” between going to work and taking care of my 10 month old. Since my wife got pregnant around October of 2012, I have “completed” 5 projects. I use this term loosely as we tend to start using a project before it’s completely finished. Examples are the magnetic catches on the changing table and crib doors not being installed, the baby gate not having the final caulking or final paint on it, or using the crib for a few months with the drawers and shelves sitting on the workbench waiting for stain and final coat.

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#7 posted 05-02-2014 01:25 PM

I somethimes have a 1000 projects a year or more, other times i have Projects that goes ower 1-2 years, or one Project i spent 7 years on for one coustumer. It varies a lott, and the big Projects usualy are in the 2 mill+ category. Or the 7 year one in maybe 30-40 mill category. At other times i make Things Worth only a few tousands for more normal People, It all depend on the general economics, if its bad People dont invest in ornaments and art. If the economy is good they do. So as a craftsman you will have to adapt to the market all the time. If the woodcarving is slow i usualy build a loggcabin or 2 as a alternative Income. Or hold classes or seminars. But i do this full time, and have done so most of my life.

-- Bard son of iver

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#8 posted 05-02-2014 01:28 PM

I usually get in 5-10 projects per year. If I’m lucky, one is of my choosing. The rest are for the house or family.

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

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#9 posted 05-02-2014 02:18 PM

Prior to finding shop I could consistently use, I was averaging 3-4 small projects a year. Now I’m on pace to get a good 10-15 hours of shop time a month, and am churning out 1 small project a month. Hoping to ramp up a bit more.

-- paxorion

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#10 posted 05-02-2014 02:20 PM

I concur that it all depends on what you are making. I have been working on a cedar lined chest since November and hope ti finish it by end of this month. A cutting board takes a couple of days; rolling pin, couple hours. Normally, I work on 5 or 6 project at the same time and may put out between 6-15 projects a year.


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#11 posted 05-02-2014 02:42 PM

Hard to say. An entertainment center takes significantly longer than foot stools. A dozen foot stools took me 2 weeks at about 20 hours, and the entertainment center took a month. A safe estimate would be on big project per month, and a smattering of smaller projects, 20 or so, to eat up smaller scraps.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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#12 posted 05-02-2014 02:43 PM

Also kind of depends if your doing it as a Hobby or for Work. For a Hobby I get 2 or 3 things done and have 5 or 6 that I am thinking about doing. I am just now at the point of getting ready to do some that I might post on LJ , the other things I have done have really been more for use in the Apartment or fixing things or making some things to make it easier to be able to use the tools since they will have to be moved to and from the work area to be able to use them.

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#13 posted 05-02-2014 04:02 PM

I probably average about 4-5 big projects per year and a couple of small ones. Winter is more productive for me than summer, in the summer I have too many things going on to devote much time to being cooped up in my shop.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#14 posted 05-02-2014 04:12 PM

2-3 is a good year, but I’ve got limited shop time at the moment due to Life Events. It should pick up substantially in years to come.

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#15 posted 05-02-2014 08:05 PM

Glad I ran across this thread, it’s making me not feel so bad about myself :) I’d love to average one decent-sized project a month, but in reality it’s more like 1 project of any type a month, including the small knick-knacks I make for Christmas. As others have pointer out, life…

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