Friday, January 5, 2007

Project Lists: The Drawing Board

Over at Blanchard Creative Woodworks I saw an idea I liked: The Drawing Board, where current and prospective projects are listed and updated as they are finished. Scott seems to have tired of (or forgotten) the update of this feature, but I thought it was neat.

So I'm going to give it a try, using this single blog entry, originally entered on January 5, 2007. I'll add a permanent link in the template, and use the lists below to track project ideas and completions during the year. I'm using four lists, that track things using David Allen's method from the book Getting Things Done. (A really great book for organizational thinking in day-to-day life). Don't blame David if this doesn't help me be productive: it's incumbent on me to actually use these lists ;)

  • Project Plan for Basement Remediation (outstanding repairs/upgrades)
  • Kitchen bookshelf for Anne
  • Garden cold frames
  • Rabbit house for Mr. Bun (a friend's rabbit)
  • Rout slots in sides of Cold Frame Lights
  • Make rails to prevent snipe on bookshelf sides
  • Cut plywood to size for sides and top of Mr. Bun's house
  • Inspiration ;)
  • Glass for the Cold Frame Lights
  • Knock-down Camp Benches
  • 17 Board Foot Furniture Build-off
  • Cross-star boxes for Grandma and Aunt Bonnie
  • Viking-style Double Bed
  • Bed Leveling for Pennsic
  • Woodcuts II
  • Inkle Loom Prototype for Production
  • More Dovetailed Candle Boxes
  • Medieval-style Cross Bow Prototype
  • Hazardous Materials Cabinet
  • Fibonacci Gauge
  • Traditional Workbench
  • Level/Repair Basement Floor
  • De-Stink Toolbox (replace felt?)
  • Piano Bench
  • Built in Desk for Living Room
  • Mailbox for Front Porch
  • Double Bed
  • Single Bed for GIT #1
  • Single Bed for GIT #2
  • Mastermyr Chest Recreation
  • Router Table
  • Tool Chest
  • Kitchen Pantry Shelves (built in)
  • Screen/Storm doors (side and back)
  • Shooting Board
  • Pallets for Starting Seedlings
  • Frame to Prevent Animals in Garden
  • New Roof Ring for Ger
  • Frame and Panel Ger Door
  • Knock-down camp table
  • Knock-down 6-board chest
  • Frame and hang new award scrolls
  • Upgraded drill press table
  • Miniature furniture for the girls
  • Tool Totes for me and as gifts
  • Radial Arm Saw table built, installed, and levelled
  • Repaired wooden bansai jigsaw puzzle
  • Repaired wooden stick horse
  • Woodcut block print I
  • New Doorsill and Header for Ger Door
  • Large Dovetailed Box
  • 3 Small Dovetailed Boxes
  • 17th Century American Box
  • Turned Mallet
  • Turned Awl
  • Inkle Loom
  • Combination Beater/Shuttles
  • Bed Fix
  • Sand Table
  • Wooden army markers for Pennsic strategy sessions

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Blogger mattsanf said...

Wow! Quite a list. I have a similar list in my head but am afraid to write it down as it may intimidate me.

January 10, 2007 1:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger rookster said...

The good news (I guess) is that none of the items in "Someday Maybe" weighs on me particularly: these are wishes that may or may not eventually become projects. I think my current projects are all doable in the near future (2-4 month timeline).

January 10, 2007 3:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous scott said...

Hey, thanks for the mention...

You could say I'd forgotten about updating the list, which is partially true, but mostly the problem is everything that's been keeping me out of the shop. Biggest problem for me is getting caught up in the next thing, rather than what I"m doing.

just this morning I started making good on my (I hesitate to say resolution) to finish everything that I've left hanging this year. (or sooner if humanly possible).

Intrigued by a few of your "someday projects"

January 11, 2007 10:57:00 PM EST  
Anonymous scott said...

My list is in no particular order, so I'm presuming the same here? - My projects (if not other peoples needs) tend pick their order.

Anyhow, the crossbow, and the built-ins strike my fancy. I'm finding myself drawn towards making things for the kitchen - anyway to combine multiple interests is a plus for me!

The knock down chest... I can't exactly picture that, but can see the practicality if it's something that will be moved seasonally.

Did some wood block prints in college, really enjoyed those.

How large is the loom your building? (my wife's aunt weaves rugs, so I've seen some of hers, I still think their mechanics are pretty impressive.
Oh, and Thanks for sharing the link/info on the fibbonaci gauge!

Photos of the competed projects coming?

January 14, 2007 3:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger rookster said...

Hi Scott,

The loom is a small one that does none of the work for you: it is used for weaving trim sized work up to about 12' in length and there are very few working parts. Here are some pictures of the loom just after construction and in use.

January 15, 2007 12:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Glenn said...

Consult Glenn about building Bandsaw guides

Likely to wait on my getting the phase converter for the milling machine wired up. (Though for some reason these things seem to go faster with an audience).

Are you looking for roller guides or guides for "cool blocks"?

Big thing will be seeing what's there for mounts and adapting to that...

Workshop Reorg

I'm great at setting up storage for stuff, but lousy at using it consistently. "A place for everything, and nothing in its place." :/ I think one of my next projects will be a clean-up, but I have to finish the mill to get the tractor done and out of the garage^H^H^H^H^H^H shop, first.

June 10, 2007 10:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger rookster said...

Hi Glenn,

Indeed, making the guides for the bandsaw is likely to wait until you complete the phase converter. I would prefer the rollers, but cool blocks work too. I'm picturing the thrust
block to be a head-on bearing (so it spins when the blade contacts

The workshop reorg is moving steadily along, but since it includes clearing and cleaning the entire basement it will be many weeks before completion. I'm trying to throw out at least one bag of trash from there per week, and so far that has been easy. The first big goal is to clear a path so the kerosene tank can be removed; that will open a lot of space for shop use.

June 11, 2007 2:46:00 PM EDT  

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