If I had it to do all over again.....

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 11-23-2010 11:10 PM 1743 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m SO new to woodworking that nearly EVERY project has me back at the bottom of some learning curve or another.

I rarely get to fall back on skills that I’ve learned well, used often, and perfected.

And … when I leave glitches in my projects, making ME think I earned a grade of “B+” or “A-,” I always wonder ….

What if I did that project again. Would I get an “A?”

So …. I’m making my wife a box, based on the same design as one that I made for my grandmother … but … that winded up being for my mother:

And … in three days’ work … here’s the completed project, before I put the finish on it. It’s a pine top and bottom with a book matched red oak mid-section.

The top has a combination Roman Ogee and roundover profile; the bottom is chamfered [1]. I’m giving myself an “A,” on this one, because I WAS able to correct the mistakes I made on the first one.

Which makes me feel just that much better about how my future in woodworking will go :-)

This one’s going to be for my wife, Diana….

Thanks for looking !

[1] Oh, do I love using my router table setup, now !!!!!
Kreg PRS2000 table, Milwaukee 5625-20 router, and Woodpecker PRL5625 lift

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 11:12 PM

It looks very nice to me, Neil. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 11:15 PM

Neil, that is a nice neat box.

With the shop set up it must be a pleasure to work in.
It can be worth making several of the same project at the same time.
Same set up and repetition builds up the skills.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 11:19 PM

Really nice box, Neil.
We are all students of the trade, no matter how long we have been doing woodworking!
That is one of the nice things about woodworking… there is always something to learn, to perfect, to accomplish!
Happy Thanksgiving.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 11:22 PM

Nice looking box, Neil.

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 11:25 PM

But don’t things get boring when you just go through the motions…lol.

Having confidence when going into a project does make it more enjoyable. Even if it means figuring something out as you go along.

Nice looking box. Now let’s see it with some finish on it. Get the finish on that pine top before it does what pine likes to do…move…..and twist.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 11:26 PM

Nice box and the finger joints came out real nice. We all learn stuff every day and if anyone tells you they can’t learn something new they are kidding themselves.
I’ve been woodworking since i was a little kid around 12 and I still get excited when learning and benefiting from my mistakes. It is all about having fun and being creative.

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 11:26 PM

Nice work Beener … one skill at a time i try to tell myself. My latest learning experience was the butterfly keys we had talked about. I’ll be getting back to work on that table this weekend and can’t wait. The honey-do list is almost complete just a little more paint and caulk and its back in the shop!!!

Happy turkey day and no triptophan naps in the shop!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 11:30 PM

Nice Looking Box !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 11:30 PM

Neil that box came out great. Practice makes perfect :) I keep thinking about how much quicker these nighstands would have have been made if I was to do it over again. Always room for improvements and learning :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 11:34 PM

Very nice work and very nice box.
It looks great!

-- Bert

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#11 posted 11-23-2010 11:49 PM

Great job. The first one was pretty good.. but this one, well your wife will love it.
Congratulations. I look forward to seeing the finished box, hope the finishing department gets the week off on this one.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#12 posted 11-24-2010 12:01 AM

Love that box the finger joints look perfect.
Thats why I love working with wood you always learn new things. Then there are the other things to learn about, to either compliment your work or add to it.

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 11-24-2010 12:26 AM

ive always enjoyed box joints..the end grain against the grain…it always looks so cool…you did a great job on this…i think you got an A+ for this one… fill it with some nice jewelry ….does dj like turquoise …with you being out west…she just might enjoy a nice necklace…....but….diamonds are a girls best friend….....just ask james bond…...grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 11-24-2010 12:29 AM

Looks grand, and I understand about repeating a project.
My first “real project” I intend to do in pine first, and then in oak….......

............but since it will only be book ends, it won’t be that big a deal….........(-:

I am dust proofing the TS, worked some on it today…......kind of a tedious job…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 11-24-2010 12:34 AM

it does indeed look like you’ve been paying attention in class and earned that grade!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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