30 projects in 30 days #4: Round II, June 2009

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Blog entry by scottb posted 05-28-2009 02:01 AM 2256 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a great time with this challenge last Nov, learned a lot, and made a lot of sawdust. Took a long time to finally get the shop remotely clean after that. I tried to parlay that challenge into doing a project a week for this year. I was off to a good start before work had me on the road way too much. I started a toybox, a bowl, some shop storage, a wineglass, jigs… I forget what else.

Now, I’m looking at a few foul weather days and my intention of working in the yard and garden, playing in the woods (I’ve recently got into, addicted really, to geocaching) is a bust. Now that the lathe has had a nice long (well deserved) rest, I’m ready to make up for lost time. (I haven’t been blogging enough, and somewhat MIA from LJ besides.)

and what luck, June is just around the corner, and 30 days long to boot.

I just announced on Facebook that I was gearing up for round two. I’ve already got 12 pen blanks prepped and ready to go, and some other ideas I’m eager to give a shot.

I’m going to preview the finished works on my FB page, a preview to any friends and family who are looking for a nice grad or dad gift. Early Christmas present perhaps? Buy handmade!!!
However, I’m not going to pressure myself this time to come up with 30 sale-able projects, just 30 in total. If any (IMHO) are good enough, then I’ll post them on my Etsy site the day after I preview them on FB (and LJ of course!)

What is this whole 30 projects in 30 days challenge? Want to do one of your own? Read back through this series, check out the links… and let us know what you comes out of your shop.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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View RobS's profile


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#1 posted 05-28-2009 04:05 AM

A noble effort. Best of luck and perhaps I’ll be a customer before long. Nice to read from you again.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 05-28-2009 04:24 AM

sounds like the kind of pressure I’ve had for years being in business for myself. I hope you meet your challenge.I ‘ll just Wait for the results. It’s good to challenge yourself to see what you can do.


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#3 posted 05-28-2009 05:00 PM

I look forward to watching your progress. As for me.. I’ll challenge myself to watch your 30 projects :)

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

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#4 posted 05-28-2009 05:17 PM

30 projects in 30 days Yikes I would need a serious vacation after that, I too will take up the challenge of following your progress.

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 01:22 AM

nice to see you are coming back with a BANG!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 05-29-2009 01:33 PM

I’ve missed you also Scott,

I think it may a lot to do with this busy site nowadays.

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

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#7 posted 05-31-2009 06:40 PM

ok Scott, I’m not going to just watch this time, I’m going to join you on this little quest.
let’s make some sawdust!

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#8 posted 05-31-2009 06:58 PM

cant wait…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 05-31-2009 07:26 PM

I enjoyed your last challenge and seriously considered possibly joining you, but I must say I’m a bit hesitant. 30 in 30 is a a significant challenge for the hobbyist. I haven’t planned it out, and I know I won’t finish one a day, but I think I might get 30 over the next 30 days. Count me in Scott. I think you’ve got a good thing going.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 05-31-2009 09:39 PM

yay! I’ve two jocks to join me on this little quest. – nothing like deciding to tie up your days at the last minute.

I too have already prepped a bunch of pen blanks to get started, but I certainly don’t have enough to turn nothing but pens. I’m still looking and playing around with ideas for things I’m interested in making – mostly things I thought I’d have time for last Christmas.

Russel, last time I did do a project a day (if not two because one didn’t quite work out so well.) This time I’m posting one a day, but not neccessarily making one start-finish in the span of one day. Though I will get at least 30 things completed in this time.

I still have to set up my photo area, and hopefully I won’t be spending as much time with pix and blogging as woodworking. I really wore myself out more with the documentation, and all the cross posting. Lumberjocks, Facebook, the 30 projects website (now seemingly defunct), and my own personal blog. Yikes.

I also said I’m not trying to make 30 pieces that are good enough to sell, this way I’ll really challenge myself to try something new, without worrying about making a “plan b” project, if things go south at 9pm!

Gentlemen, the sawdust flies in 5.5 hours!!!!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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