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For some inspiration, here are all the projects from the last swap, at least the ones that people tagged properly.

Not much there I wouldn't be happy to have. Hell, I am 99% sure I'll never use a veneer hammer but I'd be tickled have that big sexy hunk of Cocobolo one Hammerthumb made just cause it's awesome.
 

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E-mail sent Josh. Dave and Ken were just too persuasive for me. :) I do have too much fun doing these swaps. This will make number four for me.
 

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And here's where we all wish we knew our swap recipient before we got started so we could customize or get ideas of how that woodworker works. I bet this is brought up every swap.
 

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Or people who join and drop out before the progress pic… Or people who sign up, never make anything and leave a fellow LJ hanging with nothing. It's all happened before, which is why we've sort of settled on this progress pic before matching structure. I think we've had the highest success rate (lowest number of no-shows) since we started doing it that way. That said, it was nice knowing who you're making for in the past as well… it allowed me to make a guitar-shaped marking gauge for Ripthorn, knowing he made guitars
 

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Is there some type of quality control….?
What I mean is I'd be horrified if I made something for JayT and he sent me that plane. I'm not on that level, and I'd feel like I'd ripped the poor guy off!
I'd also like to keep it in Canada if I could?
 

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No there really isn't any quality control. We all understand that when we do these swaps there are many different skill levels and many different budget levels. It's just kind of a roll of the dice. Mostly we do it for the fun, learning experience, chance to pick fellow woodworkers brains and just cause we love it. And in the end everyone ends up with something pretty cool usually. If I missed anything I'm sure some of the vets will chime in
 

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nakmuay, I'm sitting this one out, but wanted to put my 2 cents in. Here is the text of a post I made on the last swap when a swap rookie expressed a similar hesitation.

Speaking for myself, I don't get involved in swaps because I think its an easy way to some fabulous item for my shop. Generally speaking, if it was really needed, I own it already. Swaps serve two purposes for me:

#1 and most important is that they are a way to connect to another woodworker on the site. It makes LJ's more of a community when you have some connections. I've been privileged to meet the senders of a couple of my swap items in person. They are great people and I might not have had any motivation to meet them if it wasn't for the swaps. If I receive something in a swap that is very similar to something I already own, the swap item stays and I sell, trade or give away the purchased one. I'd rather use a tool with a personal connection than one that the only point of connection is a credit card bill.

#2 is that swaps give an excuse to push myself, along with a deadline for doing so. The deadline ensures that the project will be finished and not end up as a partially complete thing cluttering up the shop even more. Some people work just fine without that impetus, but it is a help to me.

Some of the most useful tools in my shop are relatively simple. If your tool was made to the best of your current abilities and works for its intended purpose, then you are successful and I guarantee that tool will become a treasured part of another woodworker's arsenal.
And thank you for the backhanded compliment. That plane was a design that had been bouncing around my head for a while. The crazy part is that the swap was the impetus that got me actually started on construction. Without the swap, that plane might still just be an idea and a Sketchup model.
 

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Mos is exactly right on the names. If someone drops then someone is screwed. I understand why for sure and I don't think we should but I wanted to bring it up anyway because deep down I want to.

Nak, I was worried about the same before. What JayT said is dead on. I think whatever you make everyone would appreciate it as long as you push your skills. I think that's what it's about.
 

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Nakmuay,

Canada Post rates aren't exactly favorable to shipping from Nova Scotia across to the west coast. I've found shipping rates from BC to western US states to be cheaper than shipping to your vicinity. And faster, to boot. It seems to be more about overall distance.

Josh - I'm in. Email to follow.
 
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