I have had a few projects on my dream project build list ,but what has been on top of the list for a long time is a bombe chest on Chest.
1st obstacle, know how. The “know how” category has been handled by Charles Neil,he has built a few Bombe’s and has even covered the subject on a “mastering woodworking” online class and now teaches a in-person class on the subject.
Obsticale#2 Skill, All I can say is I think I can?
Obstacle #3 Tools and equipment,no problem there.
Obsticale#4 Material I think I’m safe in that department too,having scored on some very nice walnut a few years ago. Obstacle #5 Space, this is a bit of a challenge in that once starting on the Bombe it would pretty much prevent me from doing other projects,but it would be worth it, but on the back end of the space obstacle is where to put it once it’s completed,this is a challenge I’ve yet to overcome even for some projects 95% complete now.Since my house is only 750 sq ft. I really can’t blow out anything else to make room for it.
Obstacle #6 Time this too is a bit tough with work,teaching and everyday life is a challenge, but all things worth doing you find time for.
In conclusion will I ever build my Bombe? I hope so, but it’s on the back burner until I can figure out the space thing and perhaps wait until I retire to make the build more of a continual build and not an off and on project.

What’s your dream project and what are you waiting for? or have you built it already?

Charles Bombe chest on chest

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My dream project, which was to build a piece to incorporate both disciplines which I am being trained in- furniture making and wood marquetry- is now becoming a reality! I am working on a piece for this year’s Texas Furniture Makers Show in collaboration with my colleague Spider Johnson in Mason, TX. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this piece, not only because it does marry the two disciplines, but the concept of the piece is very strong as well. It has a story. We have already completed the first, larger marquetry, and just finished building the proof of concept yesterday. We will begin the actual build on the 14th. I will of course post photos as soon as I have them. Got my finger crossed! :-)

Amor Vincit Omnia

Wow that sounds amazing Cindy,can’t wait to see it.

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Awesome Ms. CindyG! !
I can’t wait to see it either!

Steve Tow

I’m currently working a somewhat large one – the remodel of our house. It includes carpentry, electrical, sheetrock and mud work, kitchen cabinetry, painting, granite work and glass etch.

Thus far, I’ve removed two of the five sliding doors in our [small] house. I’ve tore out a wall between the [formerly tiny] kitchen and a bedroom and used the space to add a dine room. I’ve built all new cabinets, cut, profiled and polished all the granite counter and window tile (epoxy grout), built cabinets, bookshelves, pantry and broom closet. I’ve replaced or installed windows and French doors. I’ve added about forty-five lights and replaced about fifteen others (primarily, LED). I’ve still got a master bath and bedroom, then a couple additions to consider.

Another major dream project is, to build my own car. It won’t be a quarter miler. Though I want enough giddy-up go to be fun, I want milage and tow or carry capacity.

For milage, I’ll go with a six, an air dam and so forth. It’d all sit on a good frame with rack-and-pinion and, somewhat, state of the art running gear, including , eight forward gears (e.g., a Pontiac Le Mans four speed in front of a Hone overdrive), the latter which will go a long way toward milage, but which would (based on past experience) still allow me to deal with loads.

The woodwork part comes on the matter of the body. I’d like to build my own woodie panel, tied to, for example, a Model T cab. It’d have the mandatory oval windows and lots of etched glass.

On somewhat lesser scales, I’d like to build a few heirlooms. For example, a grandfather clock, or two. Too, I am fond of cabinets with lots of drawers, such as apothecary cabinets, for both their appearance and usefulness.

Like many here, I’ve collected enough tools to cut, bend and shape wood for whatever project I choose to tackle. Being able to introduce mediums like etched glass and granite, or basic metal work to my wood projects makes it possible to add unique character to an item.

Hi Jim, Happy Labor day weekend!
I’m just taking a break from my #1 Dream
I’m on the 3rd wall already today, but the
Going is slow, it’s very hot and very humid
Here in middle Minnesota Today.
This addition will give me a 12×20 woodworking shop. I intend to build
Quality projects, not quantity projects.
I’ve got the Artsy Fartsy thing running in my veins as well, so as long as I have creations that inspire me, I’ll be

doing something different and exciting, all the time. I have several projects In mind once
My shed is finished.
I get sidetracked though, by any beautiful
Piece of wood , and I have to see where it
Takes me. Like this book matched angel
I found the other day.
Jim you are a blessing to to the wwweb.
You inspire to the best of what a woodworker can be.

Steve Tow

Wow you’ve got a long list Kelly,it will take you a long time to get all that done.

Happy labor day weekend back at you.Wow steve Those are some great projects that shop should be great addition .The table is a very cool design and super book match ,thanks for your very kind words

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I have a long list of projects that I “need” to do, mostly involving projects for the home and things that other people have asked me to build. My dream is to be able to make some of the projects ideas that have been floating around in my head, not because I need to do them, or that they’re even practical, but because they will be interesting and fun to build.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

I’ve been doing a lot of home improvement projects too Rob ,Making things that are “interesting and fun to build”is what it’s all about.

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Steve, that has to feel really good. Improvements based on experience aside, being able to set up your shop the way you need it and like it will be wonderful.

Ditto Jim, Cindy. Will we get any previews?

Didn’t know what a bombe chest was, Jim. So I went and looked at several. I see why you’d want to make one. I really like the ones that curve on the front, as well as the sides. Of course, those with carving and inlay keep alive the “icing on the cake” thing.

What kind of details are you planning for yours?

Thanks everybody.
Yes, I’ve got to agree a Bombay chest would be cool!
Once again, all the wood I’ve been using
Is reclaimed, so a lot of extra work with every piece, lol, still love it!

Steve Tow

Wow, Kelly! That is quite an ambitious list! And Steve- I can’t wait to see what you do to that ANGEL!

I can’t post any previews since we won’t put the finish on until about three days before we deliver it to the show…but as soon as it’s dry, I will post them!

Amor Vincit Omnia

A lot of dream projects Jim.
Way too many:

-Dinning table to replace the one my wife just bought. She got tired of waiting.
-corner curio, yes she bought 2 of them too :)
-Buffet: I am half way through this one. Will be posting when it’s done. A lot of challenges on this one. Beautiful veneer hammered the old way with hot hide.
-A desk for myself. This one is full of difficulties. It will be veneered as well.

-Entry console. Like most projects I have been trying to do, too much to chew on as I lack many skills.
All these curved somewhat. I love curves. Since Paul Miller taught me veneering it opened up a lot of projects.
I have about a dozen design of cutting board I am hopping to get to not to mention the many boxes I would like to make for my friends.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, learning marquetry….

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

My dream project is a new dining table and chairs. Unfortunately the honeydo list never ends. :-(

Losing fingers since 1969

My dream project is a low boy. Just to see if I could pull it off. Too many other projects get in the way since it is a want to build. The “need” to build items always come first somehow.

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I’m having trouble down loading photos or I would have posted a photo of one. The Bombe design is typically round and wider at the bottom than the top,I haven’t gone as far to zero in on the details but I do like Charles Neils design and technique.
Kelly the around the house things I’ve been making are just boring projects like screen doors ,a little floor table styled after Keifer’s design that his son made things like that,besides I can’t post photos.
Steve that would be amazing to make a Bombe chest from reclaimed wood.
Wow that’s a big list alright Abbas you"re never going to be lacking for something fun to do.
Brian I kind of like the fact that the honey do list never ends,who better to make things for than the folks you love the most?
I have my Lowboy 95 done but I have no place to put it when it’s done

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Those sure do vary in size and skill, great list Adam.

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I finally got Charles Bombe photo to download.

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Wow, Jim, that’s an incredible version!!!!!

Steve Tow