The need for more

There should always be a drive to better yourself, in some capacity. I discovered the online Lee Valley catalog this week, and have been staring at page 97 for the better part of two days now. What is it? It’s the size comparison page for the Veritas planes.

I’ve been itching to do a project that’s a bit graduated from my previous stuff for awhile. Less plywood, more real wood. Less Dominos, more dovetails. I’ve been studying Marc Spagnuolo’s chest of drawers project and DVD for a week now, as I think that might be my first big project of the sort – real wood, real joints, real expensive. I need to pick a time to start working on it and go forth.

However, something that I have long thought to be a good tune-up, a tool cabinet, has never gotten off the ground. Part of the reason is that I haven’t settled on a design that would work for me. Some of it is that I have way too many chisels. Some of it is that I want it to store a lot of tools I don’t own yet. Some of it has been that I didn’t have a spot for it yet. Well, with moving the big cabinet the last part of that has been accomplished. It’s time for me to use some planning to take care of the other two to see if I can get it done.

Even with projects using mostly plywood, like the bookcases I need to make, and et cetera, my quality really needs to step up. While I can never be perfect, it should be within a stone’s throw on the final product. There is an absolute wealth of projects that I would like to accomplish soon, and I know it’s going to take quite a while to get them all done. There is just so many. These are the ones I can think of just off the top of my head:

  • Router table base
  • Planer cart
  • Hand tool cabinet
  • Media bookcases
  • Bedroom suite
  • Entertainment center
  • Redo of various early projects including the kitchen table
  • Bathroom vanity

So the next few months for me are going to be a mixture of working on projects and designing other ones. I’ll most likely get real intimate with Sketchup again, and be looking at all sorts of different sources for inspiration. The bookcases are very simple because of the use of adjustable shelves. The router table is already designed. So, now that I have the measurements for the planes, I just have to choose what I think I’ll buy and see what I can come up with.

When the tool cabinet is done, I can then have the confidence to work on bigger and more complicated projects.

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