Short and sweet summer projects

June 23, 2014

As I’m writing this post Summer has officially arrived. For a large number of you this is the time of year your woodworking projects get into full swing because your shops are located in garages or portions of the house that are difficult to keep warm during the cold months.

scrap wood projects

Scrap wood project coming soon…

For me this is the time of year when I want to be outside the most, and then head back into the shop as a way to escape the hottest times of the day.

This year my son is at an age where he’s asking if he can earn money by mowing the grass for me? I’m pretty excited by the idea because it should free up even more time for me to get back in the shop and start working on projects I’d ordinarily put off until the fall.

Of course as usually happens, as one opportunity arises something else gets in the way. Actually, a better description would be to call it an unplanned opportunity.

I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s really just another level of yard work that’s been on the back burner for years. Something with a possible outdoor build too.

So what does this have to do with woodworking? While I was thinking of tackling another big project with some of this new-found free-time, instead I’m going to stick to a summertime favorite of mine…scrap wood projects.

Because I want to enjoy the care-free days of summer I’m on the search for small projects I can knock out in under a day or even over a few hours spread across the weeknights.

The first of these projects is something I’m currently editing video for release later this week. I’ll give you a small hint, it’s something to accompany this project from last summer.

In the meantime, what are small projects you’re working on? Maybe it’s something we can build on the show and share with the rest of the audience?

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  1. jHop says:

    Simple projects are rapidly catching my attention. Partially because of the stage I’ve thrown myself under… and partially because of the shop situation I have. So any project that can be cranked out in two days with minimal “gearing” is always appreciated.

    Borrowed a couple of books from the library (and plan on mentioning select projects this summer from at least one of them) that worked towards this concept.

    But I was curious where you search for inspiration for these small projects. Is it just observation from what you find around you? Is it resources from the library (you know, the pre-web cave of folded paper thingys)? Is it from the web? Or other places?

    Look forward to seeing what you’ve cooked up!

    • Matt says:

      Many of the small projects previously have been as a result of just observation, “Hey that’s cool…but it would be cooler if it had wood attached to it…” CHORTLE

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