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Blog entry by HungryTermite posted 02-01-2010 04:06 AM 1032 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.



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#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

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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

Memories in wood ahh thats great

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#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.

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#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.

Scrappy

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

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

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

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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