I recently joined LJ and this is my first post. I got started in woodworking about a year ago, since then I’ve gotten hooked and really enjoy building stuff. The first thing I built is a rustic bench, trying to make use of some yew bush branches that I trimmed in my back yard. I guess it’s not a true woodworking project(and not finished), there is no true joinery, I just nailed everything together. The wood was green when I assembled it last year, and I did not apply any finish
The seat was made from the longest and straightest branches I had, but as you might be able to tell, it’s not very comfortable, or attractive. I picked up a nice piece of live edge 8/4 cherry, and plan to rebuild the bench and use this as the seat.
I will also try to replace all the nails with screws and plugs, and may add some mortise and tenon joins if I’m brave enough. I would need to buy one of those tenon cutters I think.
So this crude assembly got me started down the path of buying tools, wood, etc., etc. This first project was built using just a couple of handsaws, drill, hammer, and nails. Since then I’ve done a lot of reading and become more interested in woodworking and true joinery, and even picked up a few tools. Glad to be here and see all the great projects and information