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I need an in door hobby to keep me busy, like making some thing, but i can not think of any thing worth making, it matters not what it is as long as it has a use or is entertaining, and the cost can be spread over several weeks/months.
Any one have sensible/realistic ideas?
 

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Carving wooden bowls? (That's what one of our recently retired faculty has been keeping himself busy doing...I don't know how much it costs to get all the tools for it though. They are pretty bowls.)

You could always learn to make quilts.

I dunno...I have trouble finding hobbies that make useful things too...usually you wind up with a ton of little something or anothers that just collect dust until you're sick of them and throw them out. Sometimes I make Christmas ornaments, either little wooden ones that you then paint, or beaded things or some such. At least then they're useful once a year (or you can give a lot of them away as gifts once a year anyway).
 
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Paper models. All you need is a printer, paper, and glue.
 
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Fiction writing. Or just writing in general.
 
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Chain Maile armour!
 
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a reef tank!

it's expensive, time consuming, and difficult! You'll love it, I know I do!
 
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I was thinking more on the lines of making one thing, may be mechanical/electronic, but a thing that is usefull or entertaining, building time can be months, the only other thing is it must not include expensive components, or the cost can be spread out.
 
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a reef tank!

it's expensive, time consuming, and difficult! You'll love it, I know I do!

What is a reef tank Wesley?
 
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basically a saltwater aquarium. You've got a lot to maintain/monitor, and the build is extensive, too. If you're into DIY, it can be a TON of fun.
 
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Do you have kids Wolram?

Try puppetry (a marionette can become quite complicated) not to mention the home made puppet theater.
 
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Make me a guitar.
 
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Do you have kids Wolram?

Try puppetry (a marionette can become quite complicated) not to mention the home made puppet theater.

No kids, i live all on my Sweeny, and i am no good at arty stuff, good idea though.
 
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You need some imagination to choose YOUR hobby. Consider computer programming, or origami. Other paper constructions, like making wallets(need to use tough paper like market bags of paper).
 
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Figure out something to make and start selling it on the internet. I don't know much about internet sales, but if you can come up with some quirky thing, you might make some money.
 
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Maybe you should make music? Do everything through your computer.
 
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You could try making an instriment, like a guitar, like poops said :biggrin: I hear they aren't too hard to make, lol.
 
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get hardcore in chess
 
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Figure out something to make and start selling it on the internet. I don't know much about internet sales, but if you can come up with some quirky thing, you might make some money.

I wish the internet was around when my grandmother and I went nuts one summer making little poodles out of yarn pom-poms. Her house looked like a puppy mill for pom pom dogs. :uhh:
 
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Fiction writing. Or just writing in general.


I have a great idea for a horror film, but i bet MoonB and Evo are to busy.
 
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I have a great idea for a horror film, but i bet MoonB and Evo are to busy.

Ooh, it sounds like a good one...I'm already afraid to ask. :biggrin:
 
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Learning to make an instrument like a guitar would be cool, lots of room for creativity in it to, plus if you are good at it you can sell them and turn a profit.
 
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I wish the internet was around when my grandmother and I went nuts one summer making little poodles out of yarn pom-poms. Her house looked like a puppy mill for pom pom dogs. :uhh:

How many pom-pom doggies did you end up with for birthday and Christmas gifts?
 
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Learning to make an instrument like a guitar would be cool, lots of room for creativity in it to, plus if you are good at it you can sell them and turn a profit.

Countless ages ago i thought of using a beam of light instead of strings for a guitar, but i think some one all ready did that.
 
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How many pom-pom doggies did you end up with for birthday and Christmas gifts?

I didn't get any, because I was helping make them...my bedroom was rather full of them too, but when my mom told me I wasn't allowed to bring home any more pom pom doggies, my grandmother continued to indulge me (since she taught me to make them...after my aunt taught her...my aunt is one who has a house filled with the results of craft projects gone crazy). :biggrin: My friends all got at least one, I had shelves, dressers and beds lined with them, my grandmother's house had them all over the backs of sofas, sitting in chairs, covering the guest bed. I don't know how much yarn we went through. The original pattern we had was for bigger dogs, about 10 inches or a foot long, but that wasn't good enough for us, we had to make puppies, we made a bunch about 6 inches long, then wound up in a competition for who could make the tiniest ones. :rofl:

The hobby after that was using shells to make frogs. My grandmother collected shells for decades and had shelves in the garage FILLED with jars that were all filled with shells sorted out by shape and size. So, when she found projects for using shells, she had plenty of supplies to make a LOT of them. I only made a few of those. My grandmother filled an entire curio cabinet. She had a whole bar scene of frogs made of shells (plus the bar, the drinks, the tables and chairs, the band with instruments, waitresses carrying trays, etc), brides and grooms, and random other characters. It was one of the few things she actually spelled out in her will that my aunt got the frogs. :rolleyes: All I can say is my grandfather was a VERY, VERY patient man to put up with my grandmother's quirks. :biggrin:
 
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Maybe construct a small engine dynamometer?
 
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No kids

Now I'm confused; isn't Kia your daughter?

Anyhow, as far as hobby/construction projects go, I'd recommend creating a new child. You did mention that a hot young honey was stalking you...
 
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Just thought of this while eating breakfast. Build a larger Dobsonian telescope!
 
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Go learn a programming language and work on some project.
 
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Why not build someting like this.
 
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think about some hobby you had as a kid --- and update it (make it adult , ..er, sized)


--or combine it with something you do now or have an interest in----
 
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I have a great idea for a horror film, but i bet MoonB and Evo are to busy.

I'd say pursue it. Part of the hobby in writing is learning how to get something picked up by the market, and will definitely take up time with a minimum of funds. (Hell, to look at the greats, the biggest budgetary problems stems from "alcohol funding" :D)
 
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Now I'm confused; isn't Kia your daughter?

Anyhow, as far as hobby/construction projects go, I'd recommend creating a new child. You did mention that a hot young honey was stalking you...

I confuse every body, LOL. Kia is my daughter but she does not live here, and Hmmm, i like the grunting and groaning but i could not stand the crying now.
 
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Genealogy is interesting, especially when you wind up corresponding with relatives you haven't known since you were a kid or relatives your parents that they haven't known since they were kids.

I tracked one branch of my family back to 1602 (from Normandy to Guernsey Island of the BCI to Guernsey County in Ohio to Illinois and on to Cherokee County in Kansas). It might be more interesting in the US since everyone's ancestors are immigrants and a lot migrated West even after immigrating to the US.

(It's no coincidence that the county and the home island are named the same. A few people from Guernsey Island established the county when Ohio was first opened to settlement and there was steady influx of their relatives and relatives' friends from Guernsey Island to Guernsey County.)
 
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I have a friend (well, acquaintance) who builds benches, picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, etc, and then plops them outside with a "for sale" sign. The sale pays for the next load of lumber plus a new tool. He calls it a hobby, and so he's not interested in profit, but he has a lot of great tools!
 
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i like the grunting and groaning but i could not stand the crying now.

Stop sleeping with porcupines and get yourself a human female. :rolleyes:
 

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