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#1 posted 07-10-2013 12:59 PM

Charlie, I’m glad you thought to ask, because I didn’t think to mention it. First I have been planning a workbench based on a folding design for myself. Many of the other projects my wife has asked me to do are simple designs. A couple plans from Anna White – a country diner table with bench and an outdoor patio set. Nothing too fancy, but I want to add a little style using dowels and wedges. That way I get some practice and it won’t look cheap.

After those, there are three other projects in the back of my mind that I think will eventually build off of those.

The first would be a coffee table/storage chest we both liked. It was a simple design with a split top that opened on drawer slides. The furniture store wanted $600. No way I’m paying for it when I can build it.

The last two I believe may require a lot more experience. Since I have been quarantined to two little drawers and one medium at the very bottom of the one dresser we share, I want a campaign chest/dresser drawer to match our current bedroom furniture with a couple features added in so that she knows it’s mine.

The third is a one-day-maybe project. I want to convert my mountain-bike into a trike for physical reasons, and if it’s possible, why not build the frame out of wood. I have a wood magazine somewhere that showed how to make an amazing rocker with, not simple, but basic joinery. I believe – one day – I might be able to use the same process to construct a light but solid frame.

It’s a goal to strive for anyway.

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