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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 03-27-2012 06:09 PM 815 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have a couple days of not having time to play or work however you choose to look at it ( I personally view it as therapy ) before I can start another project. This started me thinking as my last project was easy but was also my first box, which as I look at the projects on here seems to be a common woodworking project, what are common projects that woodworkers feel are either good learning projects or projects that are essential to at least try if one is serious in their pursuit of woodworking.

I personally and lets be honest we read the blogs to get the opinion of the writer viewed boxes as a important step and while my first box was not perfect or my last by any means I did feel a sense of accomplishment. I think that a router table seems to be a stepping stone as well if only a simple one, I have recently read a article on a flip top bench model that has captured my interest and think will be my first router table project.

As for my opinion on this matter it is limited as I have made less than ten projects in my shop and am a baby woodworker is you will, I am more than interested in the opinions of my fellow woodworkers.

On a side note I am researching and excited to try my first dovetail joint although am also extremely hesitant and not sure all that is needed to properly to said joint.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 09:00 PM

Hi Jake. Boxes are good learning projects where a lot of different skills can be practiced. Dovetails, box joints or mitering for corners. Hinge installation for the top, cutting grooves for tops and bottoms. Finishing and also making a handle for the lid. Sculpting if you are into that.

The nice thing is that a nice box can be simple or complicated and it is a small manageable project for a new woodworker and it doesn’t use much wood either. They also make a nice gift item. You can use power tools if you have them or hand tools if you don’t. There are lots and lots of box blogs and projects posted on LJ for inspiration, so can just search under’boxes’ and you will get a zillion of them. Good luck!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 09:06 PM

There you go again Mike reading my mind LOL I agree with every thing Mike says. I also feel what every you build first think of it as an educational experience,if turns out perfect or not.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 01:42 AM

Hi Jake, every project is a learning experience, as Mike said boxes are great first project, my daughter has almost every box I ever made and no matter how I felt about it good or bad, she loves them.
If your interested in starting to do dovetails I recommend doing the first one by hand and not with a router. I learned by hand and it was a lot of trial and error, and marking my cuts correctly, it’s very tedious for the first few but don’t give up. You will appreciate it so much more than doing it with a router and dovetail jig. Of course it’s a much slower process, but the first time it fits perfectly you will want to celebrate, I did ;-)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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