mid-term expo #1: what i've learned to date

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Blog entry by patron posted 07-16-2009 04:16 PM 2677 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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hello fellow woodworkers ! having looked in many nooks and cranys here in LJ’s for my time here ,
i have been very impressed with the skills and designs of everyones projects ,
from beginers to pros alike .
it is a joy for me ( and i’m sure others here too ) to watch as everyone’s talents grow ,
and their skill levels increase thru their own work , and the comments and help of others .
tots helping dad drive nails , working construction to pay for school , to getting away from
stressfull job’s in the shop !
they feel they could make better or cheaper , and some from watching ” how to ” shows
on t.v. or seeing articles in W.W. mags .
1 – what have you learned ?
2 – how does it apply to your work today ?
3 – where is it going ?

so i am proposing a mid term open exam ( ? )

kind of a science project in school .

1 – make something on your own , your design , your problem solving , your work .

2 – no copys of others work ( i.e . no downloads from net or mags with instructions and cut sheets ) .

3 – use whatever tool , processes , ideas , jigs , dreams that you may have .

4- show us how it’s done , what you encountered , and how you overcame the problems , what tripped you up and what you did to fix or change it .

5 – how does it make you feel now , what did you learn ?

6 – the time you take is up to you , the project should reflect what you know to date , and where you hope to take yourself in woodworking .
. i think many of you have many skills and talents , that have not been expressed here ,
possably in the quest to only post the best for review . i have not seen any critical comment from anyone here about someones work here yet ,
only comments on some detail or tecknique . there are no judges for this , only the usual comments and questions . you will feel the joy of your accomplishments ,
and we can all share in that .
, so please join me in this ,
and work safe !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 07-16-2009 04:23 PM

I like your thinking David… but this is quite a project to take. most LJs here hardly have enough time to dedicate to their ‘need to do’ projects as it is already.

but I think if each can incorporate one of those projects on the list into conforming to your idea – that would be super!

I’m up for it.. and already have one in the design process…

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

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 07-16-2009 04:38 PM

This is an intriguing idea, David. What you are proposing is a construction blog series on a project. These usually generate quite a bit of interest and, at least for me, are enjoyable to follow. I think that more of these would be posted here if the initial “intimidation factor” can be overcome. This does sound like a very worthwhile proposal.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 07-16-2009 04:48 PM

Hey David
OOO It’s Mid term exam time . Scary I guess the hard part for many might be the ”#1 make something on your own , your design , your problem solving , your work . and #2 no copies of others work ( i.e . no downloads from net or mags with instructions and cut sheets ) ” but also the most useful in the long run , These are the things we try to encourage in our students or as mentors and should in myself. You and Larry and Garyk just to name a few among tons of others are great at this.
I think this is a great challenge for all of us.


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#4 posted 07-16-2009 05:39 PM

I’m in! Now to find the time and wood…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 10:56 PM

Now this is what it is all about.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 07-16-2009 11:02 PM

Aargh, as a hobbyist and DIY guy, not a fine ww, that is what I do, get a book or mag and read how to… like frame the storage shed I am currently building!!

But… I have a couple of smaller projects planned after the shed is completed, so I will give it a shot without outside help and think of you David when I mutter under my breath. LOL

Should be interesting and fun challenge for all skill levels here!!

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#7 posted 07-17-2009 02:06 AM

This is a great idea! But it’s just too hot in my sop in summer… I don’t know when I can woodwork again, maybe in a few month… But you say the time I take is up to me!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#8 posted 07-17-2009 02:12 AM

what you make , and how you do it is up to you .
when you start or finish also .
no judges,
just fun for all !

as an added bonus ,
you can read or reaserch any woodworking skills or sites ,
just please no step by step copying .
learn whatever you want ,
expres it anyway you like !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 08-07-2009 02:56 PM

Great Idea!
I’ll try and fit it in.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 08-18-2009 03:48 PM

Sounds like a great idea David. I’m in.

-- 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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#11 posted 08-18-2009 04:19 PM

hello again folks .
i let this one ride ,
to see where it would go on it’s own .
and i too plan on taking the challenge .
and i am looking forward to every ones
response .
enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 08-19-2009 03:06 PM

i am such a copy cat this is harder than i thought at first.
i have made a lot of stufff in the short time i have been woodworking
but not of my own design. this may take awhile

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#13 posted 08-24-2009 09:17 PM

A great idea David. I like that you are trying to encourage folks to free themselves from worrying too much about how others might react to their work and just do something on their own. On the other hand you must realize that the creative process is very difficult for most of us. When I started turning I was mainly worried about learning the technical aspect and I was very naive in believing that the design part would be easy. Well, needless to say, I have been humbled time and time again since then. This has given me a much greater appreciation for the creative talents among us. Having said all this, it is the difficult things in life that helps us to grow the most. For that reason I would like to be with on this if I’m not too late.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 08-24-2009 09:34 PM

An interesting concept….I’ve been busy trying to stretch my skills above the plateau currently reached. In other words I am experimenting with new techniques and new methods to achieve different results…Most of my recent time has been getting my equipment into my new shop and getting what I need with the new extra room. Iimproving my equipment has caused the quality of my work to increase immensely.

Alas, I am in the same boat as any of the LJ’s that still work in the real world…i.e. lack of time to devote…Until I can retire from the real world…I must demote my woodworking to a hobby so it will take more time to get it done…as evidenced by my posting of only one slightly done project….I decided early to pass on posting old projects and devoted myself to only the new ones as I complete…

With that all said…let’s give it a try…I’m in…and I look forward to all the posts from my fellow LJ’s

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 08-24-2009 10:37 PM

Wonderful concept and challenge David….......... Now…..................... what am I going to make????

I am working on a design that may take on “pieces” of things / designs I have seen and learned from on LJ’s, try to assemble my on project and come up with something “unique” that I can call my own. We’ll see where this all heads to and in the end, like you say, I will try to expound upon everything that I learned, should have learned, mistakes and successes.

It may take a month or so but this sounds like fun….............

Do we post it as a “project” with pics? or a blog?.................... and what about a common title so we can all know that it is “attached” to this post / concept????

Or do we just post it as a “response” to this post?????

This is great David, I am looking forward to it…...............

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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