So I am very new to woodworking. I decided recently to try my hand at some fine wood working after marrying into a world famous boat building family who as master craftsmen when it comes to working with wood.
I wanted to start this blog to journal my journey from basically a nobody in the grand scheme of woodworking, into hopefully a skilled woodworker who creates things that people can be in awe of one day. I have no idea how long that will take (most likely a lifetime!!!) but I would like to become relatively good at this craft.
Below are my two first projects completed this weekend:
First we have a red oak catch all that I made for my dad’s birthday. It was the very first time I used a router outside of a table stand and learned A LOT when it comes to setting up guides and stops. There was a small nick in the wall where my guide was not properly clamped down and the router jumped but you cannot see it in the picture. Overall my dad liked the piece and can’t wait to put it to good use.
Second, we have a purpleheart headphone stand I made for my sister’s birthday. I really learned a ton on this project. Here are some of the lessons:
1) NEVER not EVER use a scroll saw to cut 2” thick purpleheart. Some of you may be saying, Andrew, why didn’t you use a bandsaw? Well unfortunately I did not have one at the time so I could not do that. The piece is not nearly as symmetrical as I had drawn it out to be however after 3 hours of sanding, I got it decently close to symmetrical. I will never again attempt to cut hardwood that thick in a scroll saw ever again.
2) Wear a mask when you cut and sand purpleheart. It is horrible to get in your mouth, nose and eyes. Definitely not worth it.
3) Keep fingers clear or wood when cutting on scroll saw. If the blade catches and lifts up the wood block, it will also send it crashing down on your finger ensuring that you lose a fingernail along the way.
Without further ado, the headphone stand
Well that is all for my first post. Let me know what you all think :) I would love to have some feedback not matter if it is positive or negative! Looking forward to talking to you all again soon!
-- New to working and learning as much as I can :D