A Beginner's Progress #2: The First Project Begins

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Blog entry by jstewart posted 06-02-2007 07:20 AM 1092 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The First Cuts Part 2 of A Beginner's Progress series Part 3: A Few Firsts for Me »

I’ve decided to build a simple nightstand as my first project (or at least my first project since buying a table saw and joining The basic design of the nightstand comes from a fellow LuberJock. Check out the original here.

Last weekend I bought the lumber, $65 of Red Oak from the local lumberyard with a great hardwood selection. I highly recommend this place (Schutte Lumber) to anybody in the Kansas City area.

I pulled out the mitre saw to chop everything down to rough sizes. The table saw squared up all the edges, producing a much cleaner cut.

A nice pile of lumber

Here's my favorite part of the project so far. A friend of mine loaned me his brand new hollow chisel mortiser. He hadn't even assembled it yet. I cleaned off all the grease, put a couple of coats of wax on it, and started it up. You can see the mortiser in the background of the previous photo. After using this thing only once, I know I have to buy one. I loved it!

I'll eventually show off the final product in a LumberJocks project posting. More to come soon, I hope.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#1 posted 06-02-2007 03:09 PM

Looks like your off to a great start Joshua. Looking forward to seeing some more posts.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-02-2007 03:34 PM

It’s coming along great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-02-2007 04:35 PM

Good start Josh. We are looking forward to seeing it completed.

You might want to check out Mot’s video on the Festool Domino before buying the mortiser. While more expensive, the Domino is more versatile than the mortiser. If you get a chance to use a Domino, you will be hooked.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 06-14-2007 04:42 PM

cool. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Another Kansas jock,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 06-14-2007 05:09 PM

Josh: great start. It’s great seeing someone getting started in this great hobby.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 06-14-2007 07:52 PM

Starting well Joshua! Great tools help. You have a nice tree to work with for the nightstand. Keep us all posted.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 06-15-2007 01:47 AM

Have fun with your project Joshua. Keep the progress posts coming!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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