Project by Mail

I’ve been thinking, lately, about how little time most of us have to complete our own projects. What if all we had to do was get out to our shops and spend 1 hour on a project, and our job was finished? A 1 hour project?! That would be awesome!

Well, it would theoretically take 1 hour.

Q: What am I talking about?
A: I want to get involved in a project by mail. I want to have the plans for a project sent to all participants, have them pick an aspect of the project that would require the use of no more than 2 tools (hand tools or machine. Clamps, brushes, glue don’t count). Then, when all of the steps in the project have been taken, we send the rough lumber to the first person on the list. No time limits, but getting the project shipped out to the next person on the list should be a priority. Obviously, I think the last person on the list should be doing the finishing and should be very good at it.

Q: Why?
A: I think it would be fun to contribute a small part of a larger project.

Q: Who gets to keep the project?
A: I don’t know. Maybe it get’s auctioned off? Donate it to an orphanage? I’m open to suggestions.

Q: When do you want to start?
A: Whenever. I’m in no hurry

Q: What will the project be?
A: I don’t know. Again, I’m open to suggestions.

Q: What if someone gets hung up with other commitments and they are currently holding on to the project?
Then the project gets held back. I don’t think we should be in a hurry. But the person holding up the works should feel really bad about it…

Q: Who fronts the postage costs?
We all do. Whoever is shipping it at the time pays for the postage.

Q: Where does the wood come from? If bought, who buys?
I’m sure we could all find some scrap lumber in our shops. We could all pool some spare change for the first person to buy the lumber. This part is up for discussion.

8 Responses to Project by Mail

  1. Chris Barnes says:

    Sounds cool…. I’d be in for that.


  2. Peter Cales says:

    I’d be interested in something like this. Even moreso if there was no plan – if one person just sent an element of their own creation to the next person on the list, and the next person chose how to add to the piece, and so on and so forth. Either way, I’d be in to it.

  3. Also, I think that if Canadians want to get involved, they should be the first ones to start the project. I believe postage FROM Canada to the US is inexpensive, but I know the postage TO Canada from the US is costly.

  4. Steve taylor says:

    I’m in.

    Boxes seem to be in vogue across the WW blogosphere lately. Perhaps we could split up a box project: One person to do the dimensioning, the dovetails, the top, the feet, handles, accents, finishing, etc.

  5. Loogie says:

    I like it. I think we should start with a small project. Maybe a jewelry box or something. That would minimize material and shipping costs. If it’s successful we could step up our game. Have a contest for the design. I think it would be great to have people make different parts in parallel to spec and them ship them all to one person for final assembly where they could be fine turned if necessary. Kind of like building the 787! LOL. It would also be MUCH faster. An interesting experiment on precision.

  6. Who wants to get in on a Skype call about this? We could turn it into a podcast conversation if you want…

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