My Journey Into Woodworking #4: The Second Year

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Blog entry by Steve posted 10-20-2010 11:27 PM 950 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Implementing The Plan Part 4 of My Journey Into Woodworking series Part 5: The Third Year Gets Frustrating & Expensive »

The second year I saw some plans that were for beginners marked 50% off. The blanket chest looked like a good gift for my daughter’s Christmas present. It was simple enough. Using red oak plywood and some hard wood as well. It looked like a no brainer and an easy way to get my feet wet. The project went well even though I had a few hitches along the way. It was about this time I found the Lumberjock’s website. This made things a lot easier as I was able to troll about a bit and get answers to some things I was trying to figure out. In the end, everyone thought it looked great and my daughter was thrilled. There are pictures of it on my projects page.

The biggest issues I was having was still a lack of tools. I decided at that point that trying to work off the cost of a tool before buying the next one wasn’t going to work out so good. I needed more tools. I picked up a Hitachi scroll saw, some decent clamps (50% off sale) and other various hand tools. I figured out very soon that the scroll saw was great for the plane and not for me when it came to the scroll saw project type stuff. Way too tedious for me. The people that can spend all those hours of putting blades in and out of little holes to make a tiny cut and do it all over again have gained my respect! It just about made me scream though. Definately not my thing.

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 12:47 AM

Scrolling is not my thing either- for exactly the same reasons. Though like you, I do admire the beautiful scroll work. I just can’t do it. :) I have to ask- what made you think you would need a scroll saw anyway?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 04:43 AM

I build r/c models and it gets used a ton for that. Cutting individual wood ribs for wings and stuff.

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 07:21 AM


I just looked at your blanket chest project. It looks good and I hope your daughter will cherish it for years to come.

Be Careful!


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#4 posted 10-21-2010 01:41 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 02:16 PM

Here’s what I use the scroll saw for. Woodworking that soars. Made from balsa, spruce and birch ply. 154” wing span.

Here’s what it looked like finished. The wokbench picnic table behind it I built as well. It’s getting ready to be repainted. It was made from recycled wood from a room addition I tore down.

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