My Journey #4: It's Done

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Blog entry by MarkN posted 04-15-2008 03:11 AM 1131 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yes i finally finished my stationary box and am well pleasede with it. the journey has been fun and i learned a lot of things on it. first that when you make a draw do not measure it so tightly that you spend 3 days shaving it down till it fits perfectly. i learned how to do my first box joints that quite frankly look marvolus. and i learned that toung oil needs a little love to make it shine. ther are some mistakes that i made but i am so sure that on any project that we do there will always be something that we are not so happy about. so take a look at my finished box, the first box i ever made and tell me what you think. it was quite a journy.

-- Mark from Deer Park, Texas

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 04:09 AM

Pretty nice! Those box joints are very nice.

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

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 04:29 AM

That is why I joined LJ, to learn how to use tools I have never used and to make really nice projects as you have. Nice work Mike.

-- oldfolks

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 04:45 AM


This box looks pretty good to me. We tend to be our harshest critics as we focus more on the perceived flaws rather than on our successes. These “flaws” usually go unnoticed by the end users. In this case you stretched yourself and pushed your abilities beyond your normal comfort zone. The box joints turned out nicely. And while you spent a good deal of time on the drawer you learned a good deal from the experience.

Give yourself a pat on the back. You did a good job with this box and you are deserving of the accolades.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 03:51 PM

Very nice.

As you keep working the process gets easier and your expectations will increase as you push yourself as a woodworker. Have fun and enjoy the trip.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 04:02 PM

That looks darned nice. I like the finish.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#6 posted 05-04-2008 12:05 PM

Yep.. A real nice job.. Personally, I would have used thinner timber for the casework, but you have made some nice joints and overall the job is well put together, and I bet your kids want one too!

-- Working fast helps you to arrive at your mistakes in spectacular fashion. (Me 2009!)

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#7 posted 05-04-2008 12:06 PM

Oops posted twice

-- Working fast helps you to arrive at your mistakes in spectacular fashion. (Me 2009!)

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