I need help in deciding what to build next.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 02-19-2011 01:35 AM 2619 reads 0 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am hoping that some of you can make some suggestions on what I should make next. Whatever I make I will do a blog on how I made it. If it’s really involved, maybe a multi part blog.

Well, the house is already full of furniture so I can’t make anything big unless I get rid of something. (Very hard to do since I built most of it.)

Here’s what I’m looking for:

1. Something I have never made before.
2. Hopefully something unique.
3. Something that will expand my abilities.
4. Something medium to small size.

Basically I’m looking for ideas. I may not necessarily build exactly what was suggested, but hopefully something will spark an idea.

I would really appreciate your help. Thanks

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 01:46 AM

something that balances.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 01:54 AM

Gary I would look forward to anything you would make.
But I have a few ideas. It seemed you said at on point you wanted to make a Wooten desk, I know this is not small and it’s furniture perhaps you could sell it. You could also make some kind of unique clock or wall hanging or perhaps another instrument since you are great at those too.

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 02:03 AM

Make a “large” segmented item that is turned on the lathe.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 02:07 AM

what about finish the wooton and I gess you have other project that ain´t finished yet
as every body have ….LOL
but that is realy a master piece I wuold like to see you finish and share with us :-)

take care

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 02:20 AM

with a 4 y/o running around you might consider making a fully functional kitchen (for girl) or a go-kart (for a boy)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 02:24 AM

The problem with finishing that Wooten desk is I have no place to put it, and that’s something that I will have to wait to get back into the mood to finish.

I probably should have mentioned that I don’t care for doing lathe work unless it’s a small part of a larger project.

Some good ideas so far though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 02:25 AM

I’ve seen the stuff you have already built.

I feel inadequate to suggest something new under those guidelines. Please make it simpler!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 02:28 AM

How about a birdhouse :-)

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 02:35 AM

What about a small scale piece of furniture like a salesman’s sample, that would be a real challenge.

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#10 posted 02-19-2011 02:47 AM

I think you should make a cradle and then send it up to me in Canada for my grandchild which is due in 11 weeks and I haven’t even started the project yet :)
Doesn’t matter what you decide on it will be excellent.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#11 posted 02-19-2011 03:03 AM

Didn’t I read a comment recently that you just love boats. OK I’m biased but how about a boat. It is a whole different challenge. .................. and you don’t have to keep it in the house.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 02-19-2011 03:08 AM

OK I found one that would be fairly challenging for anyone. This was one of the free plans from woodworkers journal. This weather station

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#13 posted 02-19-2011 03:10 AM

A lingerie Chest. Must have 7 drawers (1 for each day of the week) or 8 Drawers where m-lady comes home from Church and then changes into some informal Sunday wear. You could make it A-La James Krenov style.

The maid always filled the drawers for each day of the week.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 02-19-2011 03:17 AM

Wow Gary, I don’t know what’s got you going lately, but I like it. Here’s an idea, but may be a little too far fetched. About 20 years ago, I photographed a guy that built Noah’s Arc (to scale). It was the most beautiful wooden piece I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how long it took him, but the detail was amazing. I’ll keep thinking, and maybe come up with something else. I would be happy with a sliver of your talent.
- JJ

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#15 posted 02-19-2011 03:25 AM

String inlay cabinet with hand carved rails and stiles.
Walnut is good, butternut is better.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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