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Thread: What were your woodworking highlights in 2006

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    What were your woodworking highlights in 2006

    There are many possible different types of highlights and I suggest letting others know about (at least):
    -a project

    -a skill you learned or improved

    -a new or restored tool or jig
    For me, there were many highlights, so I will divide “top” into five categories:

    Top Indoor Project: Early in the year, my friend Terry West and I completed this cabinet for his home in Ottawa:

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    It is definitely the best furniture that I have ever made.

    Top Outdoor Project: The design and construction of a flexible dock.
    Because of the ice in the winter, floating docks work best at Pellow’s Island north of Hearst Ontario. Because, I most often have to get the dock into position by myself, a very important objective was that the dock should be built in interlocking parts and that I should be able to lift/drag any single part. Another objective was that it should be possible to anchor the docks over the winter so that the ice does not push them away up onto the land. Two sections are to be used at one place on the island as a swimming dock and four are to be used at another place for boats. All parts are interchangeable. Here are two photos:

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    The first shows that a single segment is very tippy, the second shows that two segments side by side are quite stable.

    Top new Tool or Jig:

    A JessEm Mite R Excel miter gauge. Here mine is in use:

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    Top New/Improved Skill: I am happy with the progress I made this year in improving my skill with a scroll saw. But, it turns out that I don’t have a photo of any of my work.

    New Friends: I have met many this year both on the internet and in person that are enhancing this hobby for me. There are too many people to mention by name, so I will just say thanks to all.

    I thank ‘Gord in Newmarket’ for the idea for this thread. He recently launched a similar thread on the Canadian Woodworking forum (see:
    Cheers, Frank

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    Without question it was the building of my daughters cradle. I worked for the railroad for the last 10 years and wanted to build a cradle that was shaped like a locomotive. I had the design in my head for years so it was an amazing accomplishment to actually build. It was also the first real project where I used hand-cut dovetails and hand-cut mortise and tennons. To say I am proud of it is a true understatement.

    Here is the link to the story and pictures of this unique cradle.

    Train Cradle

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Your train cradle is certainly something that you deserve to be proud of Travis.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Thanks Frank. It is one thing to be complimented by others, but to be complimented by fellow woodworkers is another altogether. The truth of it is however, the project came out great because my heart was into it. That's a good thing because someone stole my heart after she was born!!

    Merry Christmas Frank and everyone else.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Living in the northeast and having an unheated shop, my shop year is on the short side to begin with, and it was hampered further by a shoulder injury and surgery and recovery time. Nonetheless, I'd have to say I had a memorable year. I didn't crank out alot of projects but one was easily the highlight of my "career" so far, and the others were fun and challenging for the most there were just a whole lotta things going on around wwing!

    - guitar
    - tube amp
    - nightstands
    - updated my router table and slid the TS fence to the right for nuther 10"

    New tools:
    - FT1700 router
    - MW5625 router
    - new JDS cannister
    - got a Grr-Ripper for BD
    - new Craftsman 12" BS

    - won 100 BF of wine vat white oak out of the old Widmer winery in a contest sponsored by Pioneer Millworks
    - won an 80T Leitz saw blade from Mike Jackson in a drawing
    - gotta shop tip published in Wood
    - got to a show in Buffalo with my good friend Tom Pritchard
    - got to try a ship load of new saw blades
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Without a doubt it was my Maloof Pedestal Table.

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    Tool my DW 735
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I'll have to add pics later when I get to my home computer, but here's my list...


    Quilt-patterned cutting boards
    Pool cue case (I need to check the date...I'm pretty sure it happened this year)
    Wedding arbor (secondary in gloatworthiness to the other wedding participant)
    Viking Bed


    Grizzly 6" jointer
    Shop Fox mortiser
    Wilton mini-lathe
    Craftsman 15" lathe (and all the tools a lathe causes you to acquire)


    Mortise and tenon construction
    Learning turning
    Applying a CA finish
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Building my sons kitchen cabinets for the home we built for him would be a definate great feeling.

    Being asked to do a demonstration on a lathe at the local wood expo was also cool.

    Outdoor woodworking activity is always building someones dream house.

    But the best highlight for me was going to Wisconsin to meet fellow woodworkers John Miliunas, Karl Laustrup and Frank Chaffee while travelling with my friend Larry Merlau and our wives.

    Having a hand in a pony express delivery was cool, along with meeting a bunch of people at our local woodworking clubs in Lansing and Ann Arbor.
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Placitas, NM in the foothills of the Sandia Mt
    Interesting question, had to think about it for a while. Here's my two cents:

    I took intro to fine woodworking at the local community college. Cleaned up a lot of bad habits I had acquired as a self-taught woodworker - finally learned how to do mortise and tenon right. Got lots of inspiration. Next semester I'm taking hand tools.

    I discovered Festool. Plunge saw and sanders. Never gonna lug a sheet of plywood to the table saw again Never gonna sand in a cloud of dust again

    Lots of odds and ends for the new house this year. I guess I'm happiest with the pieces that have nice curves: the tv stand and the night stand
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Northwest Indiana
    Projects. Finished the rest of the kicthen cabinets.
    Completed the Dining room table. Not too much "shop time" this year Very busy year work wise.

    Tools: Upgrades Yorkcraft planer, Grizzly Jointer, And a Clearvue Cyclone.
    And assorted handtools Chisels. Planes Mostly Stanley.

    Skills: Handtools, And there use.And getting better at spraying finishes.
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    There is unrest in the forest,There is trouble with the trees
    For the maples want more sunlight,And the oaks ignore their plea's. N.Peart

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