One of the things that I enjoy most about working in the woodworking industry is the opportunity to meet and talk with woodworkers from all over the world. Woodworkers have a passion for what they do that is different than any other industry that I have worked in. Woodworking is more than a hobby, it's more than job or an occupation, it's a combination of passion, art, architecture, design, craft and self expression that has been with us from the beginning of history. Recently I spoke with one of our customers who stated that the reason he was purchasing a Legacy CNC was because he figured he had about ten good productive years ahead of him and he wanted to get the most out of that time. As I thought about what he said, I began to make a mental bucket list. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that woodworking played a major role in what I wanted to experience and accomplish in my life. I decided to create a woodworking bucket list and here is what I came up with.
Build an heirloom quality crib for my grandchildren: The list of toys, rocking horses, blanket chest and projects that I would like to build for my grandchildren goes on and on but something about a crib is special. I remember when my first grandson was just a few months old and I held him in my arms as he slept. That's a feeling that is hard to forget or replace. An heirloom quality crib is a part of me that my children can pass onto their children and my grandchildren can pass onto their children after I'm long gone.
Remodel my home: I don't mean move a door way and paint the walls. I'm talking about custom moldings, trim, architectural columns, built in cabinets, kitchen cabinets, kitchen island, architectural columns, staircase, fireplace mantels, and built in book case with a hidden TV compartment. My office will feature floor to ceiling wainscot, coffered ceilings, built in book cases and a desk that looks like it belongs in the while house. The entry way will give way to the staircase that features a carved newel post and custom spindles. When I walk in the front door I will stand in awe and ask "Wow! Did I really do this?" Every room will offer a tremendous sense of satisfaction and pride. I can do it myself for a fraction of the cost of hiring a contractor and add tremendous value to my home. It will be a place when my wife and I will grow old together, where children and grandchildren will meet and where memories are made.
Start a family business: I love to work with my children and would like to help them create extra income. Possibilities include the following:
- Building custom fireplace mantels and surrounds that anyone can order online. They simply measure the opening for the fireplace and choose from a selection of designs that include beautiful moldings, carvings and turned columns. The components are shipped directly to the customer who can install them or hire a contractor to do the work.
- Create a line of walking canes, candle stick holders, pepper grinders, Christmas tree ornaments, wooden pen and pencil sets, and any number of custom products. These products could be sold through a store on EBay or through local businesses.
- Build custom mailboxes that feature hanging carved address or name signs. It would be easy enough to use the same basic design to make beautiful real estate signs that you could rent out or place for real estate agents that deal with large custom homes or commercial real estate.
- Custom long boards. They were called skate boards when I was a kid but now their larger, faster and very cool. I could offer a line of long boards where the customer could choose the design that would be carved into the surface. They could be personalized with their names or favorite rock band machined into the board.
The small business possibilities are endless, and the potential is unlimited.
Teach: I love to teach the things that I enjoy. What could be better than teaching people about woodworking. I would like to start a school that teaches CNC. Students of all woodworking levels and interest could learn how to maximize their experience and raise the level of the projects higher than they ever dreamed possible. CNC is the ultimate equalizer. I could spend the rest of my life learning how to turn with a lathe or I could use CNC to turn a spindle and carve intricate designs that I would never be able to do by hand. CNC is the ultimate tool, if you only have one, make it a CNC and your only limitation will be your imagination. I could easily start small, teaching classes in my home shop. I could teach woodworking basics or offer a library of projects complete with plans and hands-on instruction. I could offer classes on using the software or programming in G Code. The possibilities are endless and would be a great way to create an additional income.
I could easily add more items to my woodworking bucket list but this list will probably keep me busy for a long time to come. Fortunately, my Legacy 5-axis CNC allows me to dream. Between the traditional 3-axis milling capabilities and the 5-axis turning capabilities, my Legacy 5-Axis CNC allows me to pursue everything on my list. It is an investment in my quality of life, dreams and my woodworking bucket list.
Do you have a woodworking bucket list? Please share it by posting a comment (click on "Post a Comment" at the bottom of this article.) Legacy would like to post your ideas and dreams to share with others. It will also help us plan the types of projects and training that we offer.
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