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Forum topic by DKV posted 04-21-2015 06:40 PM 1445 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2015 06:40 PM

Over the last year I have built a: box, box, box, chess set, baby cradles, box, box. I would like a small project that challenges my skill set and forces me to learn more. Something small like the above listed projects. I’m burned out on boxes and I have built one for everyone I know. I’m a hobbiest and love being in the shop. I thought about taking up leather working and then trying to integrate that skill into woodworking. I’ve also had a hankering for metal work and taking up arc welding and then integrating metal work into woodwork. I’ve done some string inlay with brass and like the look of that. I have a simple piece of art on the wall using metal inlay, maple and walnut. Any ideas are welcome. What do you hobbiests do when you get tired of the same old thing?

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#1 posted 04-21-2015 07:15 PM

Clocks? That would build on your box skills and give you a place to practice small-scale inlay. The other thing that comes to mind when I hear metal + wood is furniture. Could be something small, like a jewelry armoire or something.

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

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 07:21 PM

Bing, perfect. I ordered a clock set (motor and hands) and never used it years ago. I’ll do that. Thanks,

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#3 posted 04-21-2015 08:04 PM

I think that you should build a a rating system…....

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 08:34 PM

Since you are interested in building a clock,why not try a wooden clock, it will test you patience and your skills.
I bought a simple “beginner” ’s plan from Rick's, lost interest half way through but you might be more patient than I am, there ’s a lot of gears, spigots, to be cut from plywood but once it is all done you might just enjoy putting that wooden clock together and see it actually work.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 04-21-2015 09:55 PM

Red, tried that. People hated it. Gave it up.

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 10:22 PM

Make a Cutting Board. They can be challenging!

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#7 posted 04-21-2015 11:25 PM

I, too, have an unusual interest in combining wood and leather. My goal would be to create something that doesn’t look “western,” if that makes any sense. So far I haven’t come up with the right project.

I also find myself thinking about combining wood and stone. Saw this a few years ago and can’t get it out of my head:

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#8 posted 04-22-2015 01:23 AM

Mark, a whip with a wooden handle??

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#9 posted 04-22-2015 03:22 AM

Laptops run hot, this is a fact. They are smaller which is why so many like to have a laptop slaved to a monitor as a home computer rather than a desktop. Many companies make coolers for them, and they die, often… The problem in making one is to channel heat away from the laptop keeping it cooler. Electric motors create heat that must be dealt with so using them adds to the issue. Most run off a USB port drawing power from the laptop itself. So the challenge here is to merge a cooling system that avoids to power consumption issue with a unique looking, made from wood, holder for the entire thing. Just a suggestion…...

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 04-22-2015 03:40 AM

I can relate to that Mark, a customer gave me a nice looking

slab and I wanted to make something for years and after learning

about Suiseki I came up with this:

Keep thinking, something will come about.

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#11 posted 04-22-2015 04:31 AM

Take a look at Shipwright’s work. That will give you a challenge! It is beyond my capability at this time.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 04-22-2015 07:43 AM

A clock well then why not try knocking over a Roentgen secretary Cabinet that should keep you quite for a while!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 04-22-2015 03:27 PM

robbie, robbie, robbie. You want me to be quiet? Why is that? Will you be quiet also?

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#14 posted 04-22-2015 04:02 PM

Steampunk a laptop or a tower and monitor. Include wood, glass, brass and extra cooling fans to pull out heat.

Find an old table top radio, get rid of the plastic box and replace it with wood.

Build a guitar or guitar kit, add your own veneering to it.

Build a wooden enclosure for a flat screen TV.

Replace all the plastic dash board parts in your vehicles with wood…... (I did that with a VW Cabriolet we had, sold a $600 for $2500).

So many things to do, large and small, it’s hard to decide.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 04-24-2015 01:16 AM

Still need to clean up some pencil marks and add poly but here’s my first clock. Thanks for the idea.

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