Woodworking as Therapy #17: Ruminating ideas for projects

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-04-2012 03:58 AM 2880 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’m quickly coming to the close of my Adirondack chair blog class (just the final assembly to go), my sun room addition is now complete (just got the French doors put in today) and I’ve managed to put up some shelves Sis wanted in the laundry room (nothing major – haven’t decided if I’m going to put doors on them but they are framed so I can add doors if I want to), so now my mind is turning towards some new smaller projects that I can do.

I’ve purchased chairs for the sun room and am considering ideas on small tables to build. The room is not large – 15×10 – almost all glass except an 18” Austin stone knee wall. I know I want a small table between the two recliners and one on either side of the couch and arm chair.

The problem I’m trying to figure out is the proportions and styles. It took a long time to get the right furniture that won’t overtake the room (I’m not a shopper and it took me three weeks of going to different stores to get what I wanted – it was exhausting, I just don’t know why people think shopping is fun), so I don’t want the tables to be too big or too small.

Then I’m trying to decide do I want just a table, or a table with a drawer and shelf, arts and crafts style, mission style—Betsy’ style. The only thing I’m certain of is that I’ll be using oak as I have a ton of it in the shop that is perfect for tables. Then I think again that it would be nice to have a table with drop leaves that can be put up to allow a card game.

So now that I’m thinking about tables, I start to think, perhaps I can make a new vanity for my bathroom. That’s a larger project, but still I’m thinking if I break it down into really small portions I can probably handle it physically.

Then I go into my bathroom area and I decide that the vanity there just is outdated. The vanity that is there now is one that is made for someone to sit at to put on makeup, etc. I have a lot of friends and they all have vanities like this in their homes (yep all cookie cutter homes) but I don’t know a single one that sits there. My particular area simply doesn’t have enough room to have a chair and still get past it on the way into the little bathroom area (which also could use a new cabinet for the sink). If I had a chair there and didn’t move it every night before bedtime, I’d trip on it during the night – so that vanity area is a lot of wasted storage space. I’m thinking I could add a drawer stack and maybe another cabinet. That would take a lot of stuff that has really no place to be. I’m thinking this area could simply be essentially three cabinets and I could probably handle that if I break it down into small parts and have my Sis help me with the assembly. So then I think to myself, as you all know, one home remodeling project leads to more. So do I really want to try to do this? I know if I update my bathroom area my Sis will want her bathroom area updated and if I update hers, then the hallway cabinets will need to be updated to match since her bathroom is essentially the guest bathroom and is off the main hallway.

To do all of that I’d really have to be organized because it would probably take a very long time for me to do it since my physical abilities come and go. I’m thinking just my bath, Sis’s bath, the hallway cabinets has 8 cabinet doors and six drawers, it is better if you can do all the set up at one time and not doing one door now and another door two weeks later.

Long and short my mind is whirling around what I can/should do for my next projects. I’m tired of doing boxes and cutting boards but I don’t want to get myself in the middle of a project and can’t finish it.

I can buy new bath cabinets but what fun is that?

So here I’m sitting, mind whirling and not sure what way to go. Reading, thinking, looking at plans, making drawings, and wondering what if…....

Not sure if all this thinking is good therapy or bad therapy, the what if’s can nail you sometimes.

Well – I feel better that I’ve got that off my chest – do you all ever find yourselves in this spot?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 04:33 AM

every single day

we get a choice

to live the dream

or regret on

I wish I would have

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 03:46 PM

Only about 10 times a day, Betsy!

Looks like you and your sister’s projects have a lot of similarities. Maybe an assembly line type approach might kill two birds with one stone- make the face frames, make the drawers, etc. For me, setups take the longest time. Making a bunch of similar things saves time.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 04:16 AM

Ye I think set up time is the biggest factor in getting cabinet projects done. I would have to do a little now and a little later to make it work, but since no one uses my equipment but me, there is no danger of someone messing up an adjustment.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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