I have no idea what I want to make for the final project. Well, that’s not totally accurate. What I should say is that I have too many ideas about what I will make, and I don’t like any of them. I am enjoying learning about woodworking (see my upcycle project to learn more about that) and I think I want to stick with that as a medium. Also, I like making furniture, so I’m leaning in that direction.
Some ideas I have had so far (some are wooden furniture and some are just random):
- Dining table and chair set
- Build a bicycle from scratch
- Model of something from a video game (literally any game that I like)
- Car buildout for camping (4Runner)
- Marble track for my nephews
- Another coffee table with nicer wood (not upcycled)
- Gardening shed for my roommate
- Custom bikepacking bags
- Mid-Mod chairs to accompany my upcycle project
- Music reactive lights
- Wall art
- Patio furniture
- Outdoor table
- Shade structure
- Refinement of a previous project
- Bed frame – specifically adding a headboard and/or lights to the bottom
- Desk – adding drawers
- Nightstands – total rebuild with nicer materials
- Kitchen storage / spice rack
Needless to say, this list is pretty unrefined. I am attempting to implement the 100 ideas approach. If you coin the sub-bullets, I am at about 22 ideas. I even started bugging my roommates to help me brainstorm.
One issue that I am running into is that I will be moving to Seattle this summer. I don’t want to make something too big because then I’ll just have to move it. I could try to make something nice enough that I could sell it before I move, but that seems difficult.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I am most interested in working with wood. However, I am also interested in metalwork and textiles. I have access to a fairly rudimentary metal shop at work, and my roommate has a very nice sewing machine. While these areas seem interesting, they both have drawbacks. For metalworking, I am limited by the cost of materials. I am a broke college student with no job prospects at the moment. Since I would be working in a company shop, I would likely need to supply all materials needed. I don’t have any of these materials, so I would be starting from nothing. For textiles, I am limited by my lack of experience. I don’t think I’ve ever actually used a sewing machine. I’m confident that I could learn by the end of the semester, but I don’t know if I would be able to make something to a high enough standard that I feel it is a proper final project.
In any case, I am still very much in the brainstorming phase. I will keep thinking and eventually come up with one idea that I’m really excited about!
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