My Journey #1: first entry

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Blog entry by MarkN posted 03-29-2008 06:14 PM 954 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you all know, i am new to this wood working thing. so some of you may find this kind of boring and others may find this this a trip down memory lane.

I only have time to work in my shop on my day off and some mornnings, you see i am a Chef and have verry little time to myself. The shop is my little get away from all the things that stres me out, includding the family life. so i plan on using this as a jornal with throughts and acomplishments that only a fellow wood worker might aprecieate.

Here we go!

My son anounced last month that he has joined the Marines. My wife and i don’t quiet understand why but what is done is done. So i have decided to make a Stationary box since the only contact he will have to the outside will be by only hand written letter. I am going to make it with popalar and red oak and think it will come out nice. I would like to make all the joint work out of box joints, some thing i have not done yet and only recently acomplished my first dado joints on a bench that i made for my wife. so this is a new challenge for me.
So this mornig i made my first box loint jig for my router table. after much trial and and disapointments i finaly got it together and went for my first tryal run. IT WORKS!!

Monday i begin the project in full earnest so i will keep you posted.

-- Mark from Deer Park, Texas

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 08:02 PM

Hi Mark

That would be a wonderful gift for your boy. Please thank him for serving his country.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 08:12 PM


One of the gifts that woodworking offers us is the ability to stretch and expand our individual abilities. Doing so opens up entirely new horizons for us as woodworkers. In short Go for it. It sounds like you are having fun with some new techniques and will be making, what I am sure will be treasured gifts. You might want to do a blog on your efforts. That generally makes for an interest read.

I can understand your dilemma with respect to your son. My youngest thought about this in earnest his senior year in high school and went so far as to take several exams at the Coast Guard recruiting center. I couldn’t understand his fascination with the military but eventually he changed his mind decided to go on to school. I have two nephews who have decided they want to have a military career. I really don’t understand their choices either. but I have come to realize that this is more a reflection of my personal bias against a military career. Even though I am a veteran, I never had any desire to stay in long enough to make a career out of the military. But your son is an adult and part of our responsibility as parents is to let our children choose their own paths in life knowing that we have raised them to be responsible adults. It is hard to let go like this but I am sure it will work out for the best.

Good luck to you and may God bless.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 09:11 PM


I’m new at this site as well, Just within the last few days, being here on this site has been an inspiration for me. My one son is in training as I write this for his up coming deployment over to Afghanistan, It is hard for us as parents to accept situations like this but as parents we also can say that is our SON and he has Chosen to serve his country. This alone gives us a feeling of Great Pride knowing that he has become a MAN and has chose this responsibility that lays ahead of himself. My other son two years ago was diagnosed with MS, so at times I wonder what is harder, seeing my one son going off for his country, or my one Falling down every time he turns his head too quick and losing his balance. We as Proud Parents can Say They are Our Children. May God Protect and Keep them out of harm…..your woodworking brother John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 01:33 AM

Hey Mark -

Welcome. You’re certianly in the right place when it comes to talking about all things wood, including the often hidden reasons for the things we make.

I come from a military family. My father was a lifer in the Air Force, three of my brothers and one of my sisters also served, my nephew returned from Iraq last year, and my niece is currently serving “over there.” Your son is very brave.

Good luck with your project and keep posting – congrats on getting your box joint jig to work.


-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 01:34 AM

Sounds like a great project for him. Let him know that we are proud of his service.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 05:18 PM

I’m sure this box will be one of sweat and tears.
Looking forward to seeing the progress and final product.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 06:19 PM

My heartfelt thanks to your son for stepping up to serve his country. I am sure your box will be greatly appreciated, and a constant reminder of those back home.

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Earle Wright

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 07:04 PM

In the Navy, we always made fun of Marines, and the Marines made fun of us. But, deep in the heart of every sailor in the fleet was a profound and solemn respect for what The Marine Corp did, does, and will do to protect the freedoms we enjoy. Were it not for your son and the others of his stature that have stood up for two hundred and thirty-something years and said, “I WILL”, the rest of us wouldn’t be able to dabble in what is by comparison, the trivial pursuit of making things out of wood! His lot is where the rubber meets the road.


-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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