I mentioned on my profile page that I’ve had an interest in woodworking for a long time now. It’s only in the past 2 months that I would say that I started woodworking. I think that woodworking has always been inside of me and it’s been trying to break out for a long time and now it finally has.
Before, my perception of the term “woodworking” was taking wood and putting it together with hammer and nails. I realize now that it is so much more than just that. I thought it would be nice to show some of what I call my “pre-woodworking” builds. I built a couple of things in the last 3 years with a hammer and nails, old scrap wood (the same scrap wood, in fact, that I build the picture frames on my project page – my first real woodworking project), and no clamps or sanding of any kind.
We went to a nursery to look at plants one day and I saw a tree planted in a wooden box. I thought the box looked really cool and I thought to myself, “I could make that with the scrap wood we got recently.” I found out later that these boxes are called “planters” and a few days later built this from the scrap wood:
We actually got some stain and my wife stained it. It’s pretty heavy, but it feels like it will fall apart because all of the nails are coming out. Galvanized nails, might I add, are a pain in the butt. They bend and break so easily, especially when you are just holding the wood together with your body weight while you hammer them in. I had no idea what kind of nails to use, so I just got some that said they wouldn’t rust.
Then I decided to use some of the long planks of wood to make a couple of stools like this one:
I ran out of the galvanized nails while building these two stools because I simply could not stop breaking them. I ended up using some other old nails that I had lying around. This stool is sitting outside and has grayed due to the elements and the fact that we didn’t stain it or anything. The other stool is in the garage with a bunch of junk on top of it.
So, like I said, I think woodworking has always been in my blood, but I just didn’t fully realize it until 2 months ago.
Also, I had such a bad experience with the nails that I doubt I’ll ever use nails again.
-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , Proverbs 16:9