23 years and still ticking... my first project.

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by HungryTermite posted 02-01-2010 04:06 AM 1410 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I noticed an item the other day that I generally take for granted or otherwise don’t notice. It occured to me that I have dragged it all over the country with me, through high school, on to college, moving on to my first job. I have had it in every place I have ever lived. I use it in the house and in the garage. It was my first formal introduction to a lot of different woodworking tools. I always had an interest in working with my hands and working with wood and this was one of the two projects I built in woodshop when I was in the 8th grade. (I am not sure what happened to the mallard duck whirly-gig I made but I assume the wings flew off of that thing many many years ago.)

23 years later, it’s a little beat up but otherwise in fine shape. There is nothing fancy about it. I think we glued and screwed it together and used wood plugs to fill the counterbored holes. I believe the finish on the pine was nothing more than polyurethane. The boards were cut with a handsaw and it was the 1st time I ever used a bandsaw to cut the curves. All the roundovers were done with rasps. I can’t even remember if we sanded it at all.

I just thought it was kind of cool when I realized how old it was and it really brought me back to my childhood. Good times.

Step Stool

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

6 comments so far

View Rustic's profile


3253 posts in 3594 days

#1 posted 02-01-2010 04:27 AM

That’s the way I felt when I saw this one project that my father and I had done 30 years ago. Click for details

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

View a1Jim's profile


117091 posts in 3574 days

#2 posted 02-01-2010 04:46 AM

Memories in wood ahh thats great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View littlecope's profile


3071 posts in 3499 days

#3 posted 02-01-2010 05:04 AM

Forgive me, my Friend, but you gave me a chuckle…
I’ve spent some time at my Parent’s House in the last few weeks and came across this: One of my earliest projectsUnderside showing construction
39 years and still ticking… Made mine Sophomore Year in High School if I remember correctly… :)
You did a fine job!! Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

View scrappy's profile


3507 posts in 3428 days

#4 posted 02-01-2010 07:22 AM

All these old school projects are great except…....If you count the years, you guys are OLD! haha I am up there too. I just don’t have anything that old left.

Nice post.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

View Derek Lyons's profile

Derek Lyons

584 posts in 3565 days

#5 posted 02-01-2010 10:19 AM

So why isn’t it posted on your projects page? [grin]

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

View MsDebbieP's profile


18615 posts in 4158 days

#6 posted 02-02-2010 02:34 AM

how wonderful!! A dear old friend .. I think it’s smiling at being acknowledged!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics