First project in the works . What was your first project ?

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Blog entry by MikeROCwood posted 09-24-2010 02:53 AM 1391 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Starting a shaker table for my first project by myself . Wanted to know what everyone did for their first project Did the project go smooth or did you have problems ?

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 03:02 AM

My first project was a vegetable bin for Mom.

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 03:19 AM

First project, only a couple of screw ups, now working on my second project

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 03:26 AM

My first project was a pinewood derby car that I build with my dad when I was 8 or 9 years old. It was cut out on the band saw (dad cut it, I sanded it), and we made it really curvy, so we decided it looked kind of like a Banana, so we painted it Banana yellow, masked off where the cockpit would be and painted the windows, then mounted up a chrome blower assembly from a dragster model…

My first woodworking project as an adult was a replacement convertible dinette table for a rented pop up trailer. It was made from 3/4” Melamine coated MDF, and chrome / woodgrain vinyl T molding. The rough cut was made with a circular saw, the curves were cut with a jig saw, and then the slot for the T molding was cut on my old Wolfcraft router table / Ryobi router / Craftsman bits… It went really well…

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 04:21 AM

My firist was a toybox for my daughter….it’s in my projects link. It went pretty well, but I was unhappy with my mortise and tendon joints…..also learned that a little planning goes a long way. I have always been a “build on the fly” type of guy, but when something needs to fit tight and last a long time, it is best to think before you cut. After the toybox, I moved on to my son’s crib and dresser…...amazing how much better these projects went.

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 05:03 AM

Man you guys make furniture for a first project and I made a very ugly box. Some things are not fare.

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 05:10 AM

I helped my father with many projects as a kid. Also, he helped me to build a workbench once for my house. However, after I officially began woodworking as a hobby, I suppose my first project was a blanket chest that I built for my wife for our 1st anniversary. I screwed up every way you can imagine, but, in the end, it did turn out pretty well and she enjoys it. I suppose that is what really matters.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 06:24 AM

I’m building a garden bench for my first project. Next will be some built-in bookshelves. Then a chess board. Then a cedar chest. Then some picture frames. Then a custom dog house.

I found my new addiction. :)

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 01:22 PM

My first projects were toys for my sons. I wanted to make a train for my oldest and a tic-tac-toe board for my youngest. I had some pictures to guide me, no plans, and no idea of what I was getting into. My tools were very basic and it is a wonder that I didn’t cut my fingers off using my mitersaw. I had a drill, a mitersaw, and a jigsaw. The projects can be viewed here.

I had numerous problems with the train. I was in over my head and was making something more complex than common sense makes provision for. I knew nothing about the frailty of pine, pre-drilling holes, the impact brads have in splitting such light wood. When I got frustrated, I walked away and came back to it later.

Good luck with your first project. Utilize the resources around you and the more pre-planning you do, the smoother your project will go.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 01:36 PM

My project list is divided into several different phases: High School Shop. First run at being a shop teacher. Items built when I decided I’d had it as a shop teacher. Second run at being a shop teacher.

In High School (late 70’s): I built a stereo stand. Gave it to my Sister for Christmas. Don’t know what happened to it, but she used from High School through College.

First run at being a shop teacher (mid 90’s): I built a boot bench out of white oak. Still sits in our entryway.

Items built when I decided I’d had it as a shop teacher (early 00’s): Lots of commmissioned items. The first was a pair of computer teacher/printer stations for a High School that had added on, but didn’t have the money to purchase high end furniture. The school is still using them.

Second run at being a shop teacher (2004-FOREVER!): Made a NYW blanket chest that sold at a charity auction for $400.

I build stuff nowadays to address three needs: 1. An item for location or a need in the house (cabinet, bar, desk, etc.) or 2. An item for charity auctions. I really dig making stuff and watching it get bid up. That is pretty cool and very satisfying. 3. Something I see that I think will be a challenge or require a skill I’d like to develop or a tool that I haven’t used enough to feel proficient. Not doing nearly enough of these types of projects these days!

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#10 posted 09-26-2010 12:40 AM

Greetings Mike, The first project for me to ever build by myself was an end table that I built when I was a Sophomore in high school in 1962. I had taken woodshop in junior high, but had never tried anything like this, just small projects and trying to get the learning experience, also….I gave the table to my mother for Christmas, and she used it all through the years until she died in 1996. My sister then got it, and she kept until she died in 2003. I got it back at her funeral, and now I have it once more, and will hopefully pass it down to my son, daughter, or a grandkid. It is made of Zebra mahogony, pretty well beat up, and was built pretty shoddy compared to some of the things I build now…..It is now an antique, and an original…..

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