Beth's First Project

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Project by bigpops0259 posted 10-16-2008 02:43 PM 2476 views 13 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Beth’s (my wife) first project. She has been helping and learning with me in the shop. She wanted to make a Curly Maple table. I helped her with the plan and design. She liked the lathe and wanted to try it. We made a template design for the legs. Cut the 2 1/2” Curly Maple blocks. Then I was told to go in the house. I made her uneasy watching. She turned the legs without a problem. I was very impressed. I helped her with router and table saw setup. Then was told to go in the house. She made slide dovetails to assemble to table box, band saw cut the design and routered the beads. She dug throu my hardware drawer and found the brass crow’s feet for the legs. She even dovetail cut the drawers with the Leigh jig. Stained and Oil finished the project. The back splash has yet to be mounted, she doesn’t know if she wants it to stay on. Now I’m able to return to my shop. She even cleaned the shop, witch was a hugh untaking. So now we are designing a new crib/bed for her younger sister. I just finished a Crib/Bedroom set for my Daughter, who is having my first Grand Son. will post in a few days. My days in the shop will never be the same again, I have a new partner in crime.

-- Marty Ohio

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#1 posted 10-16-2008 02:52 PM

Great job Beth!!! Very Beautiful design & craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 10-16-2008 02:54 PM

If my wife made something like this, I’d have to divorce her and find someone who wouldn’t show me up so badly!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-16-2008 03:02 PM

Gorgeous table. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 10-16-2008 03:06 PM

Wow!!! Even cleaned the shop!! She is definitly a keeper.

Beautiful table, Beth!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-16-2008 03:11 PM

Everyone’s first project should look so good!

Wicked nice piece of wood you gave her for a “first project”. If my wife came into the shop looking to make something, it would be out of plywood scraps and MDF. She did take a stick of a nice exotic once to stir paint, and she’s been banished from the wood pile since…

-- Steven

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#6 posted 10-16-2008 03:18 PM

I’m selling my tools. What a great project!

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

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#7 posted 10-16-2008 03:18 PM

Nice looking table.You must be a good teacher to have her build something like this.And clean the shop too!

-- Bill in Mich

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 10-16-2008 03:23 PM

What a beautiful family heirloom.

Some great craftsmanship for a beginner.

You must be very proud of her.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 10-16-2008 03:38 PM

Great looking project. The wood and finish are beautiful, not to mention the craftsmanship.

-- Daddy always said, "Try not to bleed on the wood."

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#10 posted 10-16-2008 04:35 PM

What a masterpiece! A little too elegant for my taste, but nevertheless a wonderful project wonderfully excecuted! Amazing.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#11 posted 10-16-2008 05:38 PM

WoW! Great job Beth.

However, I find sending your husband to the house while you use his shop very disturbing.

It just ain’t right, I tell ya! LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 10-16-2008 06:00 PM

Oh Oh. Somebody’s going to need to find a new mancave cuz your’s just went co-ed for good I think. With work that good I dont think she’ll want to stop with one project.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#13 posted 10-16-2008 06:12 PM

Wow, that is very nice. That curly maple goes very well with your wifes design

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#14 posted 10-16-2008 06:27 PM

Terrific job. Now quick go to the shop while she reads all the comments.

-- Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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#15 posted 10-16-2008 06:33 PM

very very nice! She must be a natural artisan to produce something that refined for a first project! I hope she is encouraged to create more and that we get the chance to admire it!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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