Okay group, let's make this a sort of mini poll.
I'm going to toss out a few ideas and you guys let us know which ones interest you, which ones don't, and which ones stink.
First, the road trips. Instead of cutting into valuable project time, how about two or three of them in a show once a month, that show being exclusively road trips?
Techniques: how about a "technique corner" at the end of each show covering one techique of basic wood working? Dovetails, box joints, even something as simple as the proper (and safe
) way to crosscut or rip a board on the table saw. This might alternate with shop safety tips. I know Tommy does these as he goes along, but it's easy to forget that some viewers have just started watching and are green as grass in wood working. A minute or two telling why
hearing protection is so important, even for that quick cross cut. Maybe a guest M.D. who specialises in treating industrial injuries of the sort we are prone to in home shops to lend weight to the points.
I'd love to see demonstrations of some of the more esoteric parts of our beloved craft. We hit marquetry, how about intarsia? I have never even heard it mentioned in a wood show, let along seen a demo. It's closely related to marquetry, being a sort of 3-D version.
For future consideration, it might be nice to do a "set" of projects. Perhaps a bedroom set, starting with a bedside table in week one, a lowboy in weeks two and three, with referrence to the next show, the highboy using the same techniques for many of the steps. After all, matching drawer construction and such makes it easier to make such a set Add a couple of weeks to build a wardrobe and then finish off with the bed, and a really nice one to go wiith the style of the rest of the pieces. Maybe show a few options, like a sleigh bed, a captain's bed and a set of bunk beds with explanations of how many features of all are the same and showing the different techniques involved in each design.
Okay, there's a few to get the ball rolling. Feedback? Alternate suggestions? Let's hit them keyboards!
the little insomniac