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What is your dream build?

Let's have some weekend fun, what is the one thing you have always wanted to build but something is holding you back?

I recently concurred my goal in building a rocker... so I guess the next goal is a similar bassinet.
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When I started woodworking, my goal was to build a guitar and a cedar strip canoe. I'm not quite to the guitar stage (because I'm a harsh critic of my own work, I don't think I could do it justice), and the canoe will have to wait until I get a bigger shop.
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Both would be very large accomplishments
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I've been planning a jewelry box for close to a year now. Similar to the one I made about a month ago using Gary rogowski's plans, done in solid walnut with a Celtic knot inlay done in copper down the sides, with a mirror-polished shellac finish. I'm going to finally start working on it hopefully this week.

After that I'll probably try to get around to making a work bench

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Not really a dream build, but rather a dream to find enough players to play.
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Currently, a true wood shop.

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For me its a chair. Just a dining room chair. One that looks good and has proper proportions.
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Just a chair. Or three or four.
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A new kitchen, as in New cabinets and table.
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A cello.
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A cello, that would be amazing!

So what is holding us back, yes I am here for motivation! There is absolutely no reason we can not do these things. Even for Quo Fan and wanting a "true shop," the shop doesn't make the woodworker, the woodworker makes the shop. I know that may be corny but it's true. I just built my first rocking chair and by no means thought I was ready and may have made a few mistakes along the way, but that's another story, a large portion of my assembly and shaping was done outside on my deck. I will admit some of that was due to the mess involved, but also space.

Where there is a will, there is a way... and a fun adventure in the process!
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Build a guitar!

In 1973 I had the good fortune to visit JW Gallagher & Sons Guitars in Wartrace, TN for the purpose of having a guitar built. I ordered the guitar, still have it and love it. but was bitten by the bug to one day build a guitar (or two or 50). Then in 1974 I visited CF Martin in Nazareth, PA to have some work done on my Martin, did the shop/factory tour and that locked it in for me - I have to build a guitar. Over the ensuing years I have visited a dozen Luthier shops in many different states and each time I visit one I wonder why I haven't started (besides the fact that I didn't have a shop for many of those years).

Well, fast forward to late 2014 and Sandy and I decided now is the time. I began ordering what I needed tool and wood wise and in February 2015 I started Build #1!! It is not yet complete because I am building fixtures and jigs and templates as I go so that I can build with a good degree of repeatability. I have started Build #2 and have wood for at least another 50 guitars. When I finish the first one I'll do a build thread here but because I knew it was going to take a while didn't want to do it real time (y'all would get bored!).

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My dream build would be one that only needed 10 mins of sanding start to finish.
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I've been planning a jewelry box for close to a year now. Similar to the one I made about a month ago using Gary rogowski's plans, done in solid walnut with a Celtic knot inlay done in copper down the sides, with a mirror-polished shellac finish. I'm going to finally start working on it hopefully this week. After that I'll probably try to get around to making a work bench
Do you have a picture of the jewelry box and a link to the plans? Thanks

Thanks, Eric A.KA. Anguspapa
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Chairs can have a very high difficulty level.
The Chippendale chairs I've always wanted to copy have a horseshoe shaped seat with clawed ball feet and a contoured back splat. These chairs are beautiful but actually over the top for someone like me. Too nice to go with the rest of our furnishings. But, I marvel at some of the early chair masters.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Oh don't say that tool man, if it is one thing I have learned with my last project is anyone can do anything if they direct it and take it in steps... oh and watch a lot of YouTube!
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Oh don't say that tool man, if it is one thing I have learned with my last project is anyone can do anything if they direct it and take it in steps... oh and watch a lot of YouTube!
I suffer from the same idea as tool man does. I hope to take your advice too.

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Do you have a picture of the jewelry box and a link to the plans? Thanks

Thanks, Eric A.KA. Anguspapa
I actually did a thread on the prototype i built a while back:
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/jewelry-box-123625/

I say prototype because that one was just to get a feel for the general joinery and dimensions, and as such lacks the fine touches. The box proper im planning will be walnut instead of cherry, with a celtic knot inlay done in hammered copper down the sides and a similar design inlaid into the top, finished with either shellac rubbed out to a high gloss or a lighter oil finish. I havent decided on that just yet. Either way its donna be awesome, and thanks to @Burb, now i have all the walnut i could every need to make it!

http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/vide...gary-rogowski/
Link to the plans. The plans were originally drawn up by Gary Rogowski in an issue of Popular Woodworking, but i came across the design when Wood Whisperer did a build so to him goes the credit. Besides, he links to the original article in his write-up.

Video showing the wire inlay process, and actually gave me the idea for this

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Cedar strip solo canoe and a cedar strip kayak. Will get there soon.
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Oh don't say that tool man, if it is one thing I have learned with my last project is anyone can do anything if they direct it and take it in steps... oh and watch a lot of YouTube!
There is a lot of really fine museum quality furniture from the old masters. A lot of it is no longer sensible for today's lifestyles, but dining chairs are still very desirable for most of us. A set of 6 like I described in n a post above would cost a lot even making them yourself, but reproductions are extremely expensive. Like $3500 per chair. That's $21,000 for the chairs. Now would you like a matching table for the chairs?
This is a little over the top for middle class people.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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