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Thread: I'm retired and bored . . .

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    SW Michigan
    I don't know your situation or health, but I know volunteer work always gives me a feeling of connection and usefulness. It has the added advantage of making my shop time more enjoyable. Perhaps you could donate some shop made items to a local charity or fund raiser.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Okotoks AB
    The Wood Whisperer has a very popular Maloof style rocker project package that includes very detailed plans and videos. It's through his Guild store & is not free.

  3. #18
    If you're interest in making a Windsor Chair this series is A M A Z I N G!

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Northern Illinois
    I agree with adding a lathe. I enjoy building things the most. However, sometimes I'm stuck for a new project or an't figure out something about a design I'm working on. About 2 years ago, I bought a small lathe. Now, in between other work, I turn; mostly bowls and lately a few pens. With bowls, there are limitless shapes and each bowl turns out a little bit different than the last because of the wood and sometimes slightly different shapes. It's also very relaxing. When I get tired of turning, I go back to my other wood working. You don't have to buy an expensive lathe to start. Just be careful so the tools don't start becoming a bottomless pit.

  5. #20
    There is a Welsh stick chair in the latest Woodsmith magazine. #246. Dec/Jan 2020. Spindles aren’t turned, no lathe needed. Uses octagon shaped legs and segmented back rail, no steam bending or lathe needed. Also U might want to make some end grain cutting boards.

    small jewelry boxes of all sorts, can be fancy and take lots of time, fun projects.

  6. #21
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Orwell, NY
    I agree that getting a lathe is a good idea, my first one was traded to me for about $100 worth of twig chairs, and was a nice old machine, not very big or powerful but it was enough to turn small bowls, chessmen, etc.

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Western PA
    Not necessary, but for Maloof's rocker you use a lathe on the front legs. I dont care for turning, but it is a handy tool to have.

    Im still in the process of buffing a sculpted rocker, but it was a challenging and interesting build. It dragged on a bit longer than i would have liked, but very gratifying piece to complete and touch/look/feel/sit in afterwards. Could springboard you into more sculpted/carved pieces.

  8. #23
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Titanic deck chair replica if you like a challenge. Looks great, but really tests your skills.
    I dream of a better tomorrow - where chickens can cross roads and not have their motives questioned

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  9. #24
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by lowell holmes View Post
    and I have built both these chairs.

    I have made three craftsman rockers and five Brazos rockers.

    I need a new design to build.

    Any suggestions?
    Pick one of these:

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