Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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TaylorMy latest haul from the woodbox

I live near a professional woodworking business, and check out their scraps woodbox. Usually it’s just little bits of plywood and a few small ends of things.

But this weekend I hit the motherlode. Big chunks of cherry, mahogany, walnut and hickory, some 2” thick. Oak glue-ups with small imperfections. Much of the wood is rough-sawn, but I’ve got a planer to smooth them all out.

My wife and I spent 15 minutes loading the minivan. You can see everything we got sitting on the little cart. Behind it is just one of the racks in my garage with even more salvaged wood.

I want to use this wood to make boxes, frames and other small craft projects. Sometime this summer I’ll get time. 7 years ago

TaylorFree box plans

I just found some free plans for wooden boxes: 7 years ago

TaylorGot a book today

Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making by Doug Stowe, from the library.

Lots of beautiful boxes! Lots of great ideas. 7 years ago

TaylorStart small

I gave up on “mastering carpentry” as a goal and will try doing some smaller things this year, then build to bigger projects.

I have a lot of wood scraps hanging around my garage/woodshop, as you can see in this picture. I wish I could say this scrap pile was a byproduct of successful construction projects. Instead, its the result of my scavenging habit. A few blocks from my house is a woodworking business that puts out its scraps for people like me to paw through. I actually have one or two more large boxes of scrap in my basement.

Last week I borrowed a book from the library: “The Wood Stash Project Book,” by Kerry Pierce, which has plans for boxes, spoons, honey dippers and many other small items you can build from scrap wood. Hopefully this will inspire me to get to work. 7 years ago

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