30 projects in 30 days

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Blog series by scottb updated 11-29-2012 02:35 AM 24 parts 74992 reads 87 comments total

Part 1: intro

10-28-2008 12:10 AM by scottb | 10 comments »

Off and on, over the past few years I had the idea to try to do a series of projects over the course of a week or so…. like 12 Christmas ornaments in 12 days, or a bunch of pens leading up to graduation time…. I’ve been pretty good about getting set up to make a bunch of pens, and then not having enough free time or energy to do anything about it… or conversely, having the idea a wee bit too late, and then totally forgetting about it until it was too late again the nex...

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Part 2: thirteen days in...

11-14-2008 03:51 AM by scottb | 7 comments »

Meant to do a first week in review… but I’ve been a little busy with turning and blogging, not enough time for more blogging! – in fact, I think I’ve spent slightly less time in the shop, than in documenting the process. Week one: A week or two before I began, I took stock of my pen kits, and noted that I had nearly enough to do a months worth, I did order a few bottle stoppers to make sure I had enough kits to have something for everyday, just in case I didnR...

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Part 3: review

12-16-2008 03:42 AM by scottb | 4 comments »

Here’s the “class” photos for weeks 2, 3 and 4. check out my projects for more pix/details 2 bowl “box” and pens from Hawaii pens, closed ended bamboo pen, paper pot making tool, bottle stoppers and a mushroom box Square bowl, pens and an eccentric tree.(missing from the last photo is the bing cherry/pecan pen.) The weeks where I had some pen blanks pre-prepped made for easy days, regardless of when I got home from work, and still had to turn, take ph...

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Part 4: Round II, June 2009

05-28-2009 02:01 AM by scottb | 10 comments »

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 ga...

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Part 5: And it begins (again)

06-02-2009 04:04 AM by scottb | 4 comments »

Starting this second challenge/journey, this time accompanied by two fellow jocks. Darryl and Russel. It sure is going to be fun watching our collective progress, see what great new things come out of our shops, and hear about how this adventure shapes our woodworking journey. Project 1/30: Last time I was attempting to make a sell-able piece every day. This time I’m not going to force myself to have to make something come out that perfect. Sure it gave me great practice with my p...

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Part 6: 3 days, 3 pens...

06-04-2009 03:24 AM by scottb | 3 comments »

Sure, I’d prepped a bunch o pens going into this contest… But now that I’m posting 3 for 3, It just seems kinda weird posting nothing else yet. Today was the 2nd of 2 cigar pens. One gold, one platinum, both Hawaiian woods. Check that, GORGEOUS Hawaiian woods. Well, we won’t be seeing any more cigar pens this month. Hawaiian or otherwise. Not because I think your sick of pens pens pens, or I’m getting bored with them, I just dont have any more. So, now you kno...

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Part 7: week one in review, with supplemental projects!

06-08-2009 03:57 AM by scottb | 3 comments »

One week, three pens, three rings, two stoppers, a bowl, garden waterer/composter, and something I can’t show you. ... And finally, to avoid the need for a spoiler alert, on the chance a fellow geocacher finds me here, I submit no photos for one of the “supplemental” projects I’ve done this week. (If I had pictures, I’d claim it as a real project) This and the garden bin would take me into next week. Lately, I’ve gotten into geocaching, and...

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Part 8: week two, in review

06-14-2009 04:51 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

6 days, 7 more projects: To date:six pens, six rings, three stoppers, a bowl, garden waterer/composter, one secret geocaching project. and… one pen featured online at Grungezombie as a good fathers day gift idea, and one pen sold! not a bad week at all…Looking forward to a busy, but hopefully great week #3!

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Part 9: week three in pre-view

06-15-2009 04:28 AM by scottb | 5 comments »

I didn’t take on this challenge having to make a project every day, just start and finish 30 of them in 30 days. Well, this week is looking to be rather busy… so I took advantage of the rainy day, and get a few things knocked off. Now I won’t have to sweat it at the end of the day… or have to play catch-up come next weekend. I’ve been on too good of a roll to let things slip now. Fortunately, I’d already glued up a bunch of blocks for rings and such, b...

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Part 10: week three in re-view

06-20-2009 03:40 AM by scottb | 4 comments »

new photo… but it otherwise looks about the same as the beginning of the week, eh? If only work was more considerate of my personal time plans. I had to head off to the wilds of Boothbay, Maine this week. The good news is I was gone and back in one trip. The better news, I “had” to stop by Woodcraft on the way there. The bad news, I couldn’t exactly get any projects done in the hotel room, so I just read turning magazines. I say hotel, twasn’t quite that&#...

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Part 11: week three in re-view. redux

06-21-2009 05:10 PM by scottb | 4 comments »

Happy Solstice and Happy Fathers Day! Whether it’s the first day of summer or winter, it’s a great day to fire up the grill. June 21st. Three weeks in. Just about 3/4 of the way through this challenge. The week took me away from the shop, so most of these projects were done on two weekend days. While it would be nice to get busy and coast through the rest of the month, I think I’ll just take it one at a time (especially if it’s going to be as rainy as they say.) ...

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Part 12: Nightmare on Wall Street

06-25-2009 03:46 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

I’ve posted two Wall Street twist models recently, and tonight I tried my hand at a click version of the same pen. Tonight for project #24…. First up was cocobolo, a lovely brownish striped wood, when turned it looks purple and orange, and returns to rich browns when exposed to air and finished with oil… at least it normally does. – this piece is half caramel and cocoa, and half… umm, fruit stripe gum. If it didn’t brown at all, it’d make a ...

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Part 13: round II, in review

07-02-2009 04:05 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

So I had a little company this go round, (Thanks Darryl and Russel!) I hope a few more join the next attempt in November (It’s a great way to stock up on some Christmas presents! Had a good time, made some new things I’d never tried before (which, essentially is the entire point of this creative challenge), and with the past 40 or so days of rain we had, I certainly wasn’t missing out on any time in the garden or at the beach. To that end, I have to say this time was ...

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Part 14: round III... TBD

10-05-2009 02:56 PM by scottb | 5 comments »

So, of late I’ve been wondering if I should start gearing up for another 30 days challenge in November. Prep some stock, glue ups and make lists of ideas (which makes the most sense). or rather be lazy and enjoy the nice fall weather, and just wing it come November. Well the fates have answered in the form of getting an offer on our house! Closing date mid month. Yay, we get to move! Crap we have to move. Needless to say I have a whole new set of challenges and logistics, not only...

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Part 15: round III... around the corner

02-27-2010 05:24 PM by scottb | 4 comments »

Ok, the snow is still falling, but the temps are rising – so to speak. We are coming out of winter, and I’m thinking of putting the new – still not as of yet set up – shop though its paces. Its looking like a 30 projects in 30 days challenge this April or June. I’m shooting for April, hoping that allows me enough time to get the barest essentials unpacked and set up. I just dug out some chisels for work yesterday! The sharpening station on the other hand…...

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Part 16: obligation blogging

06-06-2010 10:54 PM by scottb | 4 comments »

is not much fun. Nor, is obligation anything – even woodworking. OK, so I was ITCHING to get this next challenge going when time was free, though temperatures and overall shop readiness just did not permit… So I gave myself the option of April, or June as a fall back. April saw the shop almost ready, but time was fleeting. Last June we had at least 40 days of rain, so shoptime was easily found. This June is looking nicer, and time might be OK. BUT… One lesson I&#...

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Part 17: Make art everyday

07-06-2010 01:52 AM by scottb | 4 comments »

or at least try to. In the past I’ve taken a couple of stabs at turning out 30 projects in 30 days. My first attempt was the most ambitious, trying to churn out, not only a project a day for 30 days, but to make them also be a sellable one every day. In the end I created more than 30, and spent about as much time on the photographing and blogging as I did the actual work. Quite the busy month – perfect cover for my wife to catch me off guard with a surprise birthday party ̵...

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Part 18: Off Center

07-09-2010 01:23 AM by scottb | 1 comment »

I like asymmetry, and am particularly drawn to projects that do not appear to have been created on the lathe, and beg the question, “How did you turn that?” These forms, are the result of experimenting with Therming. Turning one face of a piece at a time, around an axis that doesn’t pass within the form. Thus creating a multi-sided, yet still turned piece. Bedposts are a classic example, with rounded sides, but a clear vertical edge line where the faces meet. T...

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Part 19: Unofficial? three-peat.

01-04-2012 05:12 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

So here I am on Day 8 of what may, or may not be a run of thirty projects in 30 days. 30 new projects from scratch all started, and completed within the span of a month. This time, not limiting myself to a standard “30 day month” (April, June, November…) but just starting when I happened to begin, and will ride it out for as long as I can. More to the point, I’m getting a new batch of salable projects ready for the gallery, plus a little backlog for the following sh...

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Part 20: egads!

10-28-2012 11:09 PM by scottb | 0 comments »

Oh foul temptress, how you always sneak up on me ill prepared, but (partially) willing to do it anyway. (again). yes, I have stuff to make for Christmas. yes I have stuff to get off to a couple of shops for all the pre-Christmas selling. and, alas, I have a shop still quite in disrepair. wait, but that counts too!... well, it would be one way to invoke Murphy’s Law and make the day job go well into overtime for the foreseeable future.

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Part 21: 11/12 days 1-3

11-05-2012 05:03 AM by scottb | 0 comments »

So, I’m a sucker for challenges. A few years back, the ‘Couch to 5k’ program got me running again after many years on the D.L. Last year I took on a “consecutive days of Geocaching adventure.” (think high-tech scavenger hunt if you’ve never heard of it) I started out attempting 30, then 100 days in a row, which fulfilled a couple of challenges I was going for. Then it was onward to 189 so I would surpass my record of days without geocaching. Yes, when I...

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Part 22: days 4-7

11-11-2012 03:37 PM by scottb | 0 comments »

Part of the problem, or challenge, of getting a project done every day (or doing anything in the shop ever) is the dance. The hop, skip and jump of winding your way around all the offcuts, jigs, scrap that too nice to trash, and trash that just doesn’t get out the door. So, in my quest to move forward to having actual floor space, and plenty of covered storage for tools and materials, I’ve stepped away from the lathe, took some plywood and got started on some BIG storage boxes....

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Part 23: days 8-10

11-11-2012 03:40 PM by scottb | 0 comments »

Between all the requisite taxi service during this, the last week of play rehearsals. The little one is an orphan in Oliver! I’ve had a little time to sneak out into the garage and make quite a lot of sawdust in a short period of time firing up the router and lathe. I’ve added the upper shelves, with removable hardboard dividers to one of the big storage cabinets. I’ve also turned a couple more tool handles. Oak, and Mesquite. to join the Osage Orange set IR...

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Part 24: a look back at the first 27 days

11-29-2012 02:35 AM by scottb | 7 comments »

Okay, so I’ve been good about the projects challenge, just bad about the posting.  27 days in, 1 project left to do… maybe I’ll wait until Friday night for some last minute, down to the wire drama! Here’s a quick look at much of what has been going on in, and outside of the shop. Quite the mix of big and small. I wish I was able to do more “want to” than “have to” but I’m also VERY happy to have cleared a lot of those projects off the p...

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