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    I Need Small Project Ideas

    The board has been a little slow lately, so everyone put on their thinking caps. You're not going to believe this, but I got a freelance writing assignment for a woodworking magazine. I need some ideas for small projects.

    1. They have to be DEAD EASY (that means *I* have to be able to crank it out then write about it.)
    2. Offbeat--not the usual and tired, planter, step stool, box etc.
    3. You have to be able to make them with a minimum of tools since not everyone has everything and I know I don't.
    4. It's got to be a small project that you can do in 2 days--let's say 2 full days.

    Ideas?
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    These are very quick and easy.

    Tic-Tac-Toe games using internal storage for marbles.

    Coasters with cork inserts. Maybe add a storage caddy.

    Oven hooks--to move hot racks in your oven.

    Something tells me there may be too simple for what you want.
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    A master bedroom set with king sized bed and armoire and 6 drawer chest, with 2 nightstands

    Oh wait, you said a full 2 days work, ok, master bedroom set and dining room table.



    how bout a charging station for phones, ipods, etc. Simple, useful, good gift idea.
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    a squirrel catapult? Fun for the whole family!

    Maybe a simple bbq table station if they are going to be printing this while still in season.

    Or what about a kitchen workstation on wheels. Glue up a cutting board for the top. frame, legs, bottom shelf and maybe some hooks to hang a few utensils?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    A master bedroom set with king sized bed and armoire and 6 drawer chest, with 2 nightstands

    Oh wait, you said a full 2 days work, ok, master bedroom set and dining room table.



    how bout a charging station for phones, ipods, etc. Simple, useful, good gift idea.
    all that bedroom stuff can be done if you write the article. What does a charging station look like?


    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Soby View Post
    a squirrel catapult? Fun for the whole family!

    Maybe a simple bbq table station if they are going to be printing this while still in season.

    Or what about a kitchen workstation on wheels. Glue up a cutting board for the top. frame, legs, bottom shelf and maybe some hooks to hang a few utensils?
    don't know about the squirrel catapult, but the bbq or kitchen workstation is a good idea.....
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    How about some simple Intarsia?
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    A cutting board.
    Napkin holder.
    Trivet.
    Bookends.
    Window flower box.
    Hooey Stick. [Really fun, and easy to make]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPcOXeBsSiQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom DiCara View Post
    How about some simple Intarsia?
    Intarsia is a good idea. I have no clue how to do it......

    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    A cutting board.
    Napkin holder.
    Trivet.
    Bookends.
    Window flower box.
    Hooey Stick. [Really fun, and easy to make]
    I love trivets, but don't wood trivets get burned? Hooey stick? I'll have to look that one up.....
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    I know you said no boxes, but I made my wife a salt and pepper box and she loves it

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    I ended up cutting out about a dozen because she wanted to make them for all her friends, and let her glue/sand/oil them and send them out for gifts last year.

    Cutting boards, knife blocks, tivets, or a set of all of them in matching wood.

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    Wood trivets work fine if you use them on the table, under a casserole or hot dish. Not for a pot coming right off the stove. The link I posted shows the hooey stick in action.

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