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02-13-2014 12:32 AM

Do you have a project that you dream of doing someday? Tell us about it!

What has kept you from doing it yet?

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 12:39 AM

Hi Cricket Walker,
I want to make a dinning room from a sassafras three I found that is nearly 26” wide. The problem, it is just one year old and have to wait about two more years for the slabs to season as they are 3” thick. I plan to join two of them in a bookmark fashion and fill the holes with gems. We already have solid walnut 7’ long dining table in the kitchen. I’ll be glad to provide some pictures.


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#2 posted 02-13-2014 12:39 AM

Pie crust table, authentic to early American period furniture in as many details as I can do. The family has kept me from doing this, with all their requests for furniture, to which I admit I cannot say no. In the middle of a wall size entertainment center for my youngest child, the last of the askers, so hopefully the pie crust will be next.

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 12:41 AM

To make the best Sour dough bread in the world. I am about 1% there.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 12:43 AM

madts, I learned to make sourdough from a German homesteader in Alaska. He came to the USA in the 60’s and while in Alaska, he decided to homestead there. I’ll tell you the story if interested.


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#5 posted 02-13-2014 12:55 AM

007 I would love to hear the story.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 12:57 AM

I guess my dream project would be to build the guitar I’ve been sort of designing in my head for a couple years. I’m a little long on dreams and short on skill right now but I’m working on it.

-- Billy

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 01:02 AM

A pair of Morris Chairs out of either walnut or cherry with ottomans and a single end table to place between them. This would be for my wife and I. What’s keeping me from building is 1) Cost of materials 2) The desire to increase some of my very meager skills before attempting it 3) A whole mess of other projects to work on and finish first. Maybe in a couple years! (A number of months ago my father-in-law was talking about cutting down a cherry tree from the family’s old farm and having it milled for me by his father’s neighbor who owns a mill!)

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 01:15 AM

Great question.

For me it’s a Maloof rocking chair. Way out of my league at present, but I’ll get there. I’ve only built 7-8 pieces of furniture at this point, and my comfort zone is definitely the rectilinear shaker and craftsman standards. I just look at the free flowing curves of Maloof and I sigh. I get a little better every project…

I’ll update with pics in 5-10 years :)

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 01:16 AM

Nakashima style dining table. I have never had just the right wood for it.

However, I hope to start it this spring.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 02-13-2014 01:34 AM

Here it goes,
I have been working with the developmentally (formerly known as mentally retarded and currently labeled as intellectually disabled) disabled for more than 30 years. Initially I began working with criminally insane and severely disturbed adolescents in the state of Massachusetts. This experience served as a curse and a blessing throughout my years. The blessing was that I was able to travel anywhere and land a job doing what I was good at and the curse was the job was working with some of the toughest folks they could throw at me. Anyways, in my travels to see the country, I ended up in Alaska and worked with the Eskimo population with developmentally disablies. As I was entertaining homesteading there, ran across a man named “Seb”. I am sure it is an abbreviation of a name. He had a thick German accent even though he had been there for over 20 years. We got to know each other a bit as he would leave his homestead in one of the most rugged areas of NW Alaska, now a Federal land and come to Anchorage to work to pay the bush pilot for the supplies he needed to survive for the rest of the year. He always walked bare foot when I would pick him up from destination to destination hitchhiking. He told me that in the first few years homesteading, there was a bad winter and he ran out of food; so he went out to kill a moose or anything to survive and in the process got lost and ended up with a frost bite on one of his toes which he had to cut being 47 miles to the nearest road. Another story he shared with me was when he developed a toothache in one of his wisdom tooth and every time he tried to pull it with a pair of pliers, he would pass out from the pain. (By this time, I couldn’t wait to homestead my self.. lol). Anyways, he ended up packing his dogsled and travelling to the nearest road which was the Anchorage/Fairbanks HWY. Once he got there, 6 or 8 hours before a vehicle came by, he got a ride to Fairbanks and had his tooth pulled and returned home a few days later. So, here is his sourdough recipient:

He told me to make a sourdough you need to have your flour, whether it is made from crushed nuts or flour to sit outside and catch the wild yeast travelling through the air. A cheesecloth is a good idea if you are not in where he lives. Eventually, the dough via the wild yeast begins to ferment and create sourdough. Off course as in the old days, a portion of this dough was kept to propagate additional mixes and so on. The hard part was the initial making the dough. The second hard part was keeping those pesky wild yeast alive for the next batch. My daughter who is a culinary chef also makes her own wild yeast bread. Be glad to share that as well.


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#11 posted 02-13-2014 01:39 AM

I forgot to say, When he decided to stay in Alaska, he went to a bar and asked a girl to marry him so he could stay there. She readily said yes and they never saw each other after the marriage. Mind you there are 3-4 men to every women in Alaska.


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#12 posted 02-13-2014 01:41 AM

Good story 007.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 02-13-2014 01:56 AM

My dream project/s is to recreate antiques that I find interesting. It would be an after I retire dream.
(Still have to make a living for the present.)
But some day I want to be just like some of the guys here, with a big shop in the back, doing what I want when I want with no deadlines. Putzing around working on a project, reading the Lj board, getting into a drama thread here and there.

Awe, the good life…LOL

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#14 posted 02-13-2014 02:21 AM

Make a box with all four corners dovetailed. No gaps and perfectly square first try. I have an obsession with conquering dd’s (damn dovetails).

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#15 posted 02-13-2014 02:22 AM

KevinJeffery, it will come, live your life to its fullest extend before you get there. My wise and old neighbor used to tell me, “being old is not for cowards”.


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