I must admit I am borrowing the idea of Blacky's Boy (Dominic Greco) over at Woodnet for this thread. Dominic use to post here, but has been too busy now that he is a moderator over there.
The idea is to post your woodworking goals for the coming year. It is a two part response:
1. Woodworking skills you want to add or improve on in the coming year.
2. Projects you want to do this next year.
I will start:
1. Improve the use of my chiseling skills. Part of my "train the hand" philosophy that I am adopting. Instead of using aids, train my hand and eye. So for hinges, simple dado, etc, try using the chisel more.
2. Use of a draw-knife. I first need to get one and probably make a horse to hold the work, but there is something about using one I find very soothing. This is a real skill that requires practice, but if you are good you can waste away a lot of material quickly and accurately.
I am not including any "house" projects, just "real" woodworking projects.
1. Finish my toolbox which is actually a prototype of the real one I will build. I only need to put on the handle and build a tray.
2. Build the "real" toolbox now that I have built a prototype. I now know a few things I would do differently. I will now use better wood than the pine I did use.
3. Build two or more benches. Yes that is right. I want to build two benches of different styles and sizes.
4. Build a small table for between two chairs. I have some ideas, but need to flesh them out some more.
5. Build a another small table. This is easy, as I am taking a class with Garrett Hack over at the Port Townsend school next September and that is what we are building.
That is it for me, so what about you?
I forgot another project:
6. Finish a hanging cabinet I started earlier this year
I realize that project no. 3 may not be too clear. I am talking about woodworking benches, you know with vises and such. I will be building them for use of my hand tools. One will be lower for more planing type activities and the other higher for more sawing and chiseling activities. My back just can not stand stooping over for that long anymore.