My first piece of furniture

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Since I am still new here, and trying to figure out how to down load things, I figured I would start with my first piece, and over time add what I have done over the years.

I had just added a family room to our old house and the wife wanted LOTS of windows and BIG windows. So basically when I was done with the new addition, all I had for a T.V. area was a corner with two walls both five foot long to fit a 36inch T.V., DVD player, VCR, the kids video games, stereo etc etc etc.,

At the time, I had built several kitchen cabinets for remodel jobs, and several free standing things like pantry’s. But those were pretty straight forward to fit common things. This was the first time I built a piece of furniture to fit only certain things.

This is the piece of furniture that started me down the road of custom furniture making. Friends and neighbors who would come to visit would remark about it, and ask me to build them one or if I could build them something totally different.

As boring and plane looking as it is now, it is still one of my favorite pieces I have ever built (One’s first love and all that stuff). It started me down the road in a new career, and showed me wood working was more than just remodeling house’s and building kitchen cabinets. That it was actually fun.

entertainment center

-- Don S.E. OK

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 08:47 AM

Welcome aboard!! Fantastic cabinet. What is the wood?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Don K.

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 09:15 AM

Thanks Topamaxsurvivor,
All redoak, as I said, it is kind of old, about 12 years ago. I am trying to gather up all my old pictures off my old computer, once I have them all organized I will post a few more old ones, then start posting some new ones.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 09:42 AM

do you mean thats your first piece you,ve posted on this site, or the first piece you ever built? Either way feel free to give yourself a big pat on the back, thats awesome, first thing I ever made was a slingshot from a stick and y front elastic!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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Don K.

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 04:03 PM

Thanks, both, well kind of both. As I said, I had done kitchen cabinets and things like that for my remodeling business. But other than all the different measurements to fit different kitchens, those I could build in my sleep. This was the first piece I ever built as “Custom” furniture, to fit a particular spot and to hold particular things.

And while my skills are FAR from many on here, I hope to show my progression from this, my first piece, through today. Within the next month I am going to start on a new commissioned piece for a law firm…... a 20 ft. table and chairs made out of mahogany. My computer skills are sadly lacking, but I am hoping to make a video/picture log, and I am thinking of doing my first “blog” to show the progress.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 04-23-2009 04:22 PM

You did very well for a first…nice work.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#6 posted 04-23-2009 05:05 PM

Hey Don
Wow I don’t know what you call plane but this ain’t it. In comparison my first piece was fire wood. Good job and welcome to LJs

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 04-23-2009 06:59 PM

You got a wooden thumb…that’s for sure!! That is one fine looking cabinet. It’s not just a cabinet,...its a piece of sculpture! I thought it was cherry.
So, what are you building now?

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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Don K.

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#8 posted 04-23-2009 10:43 PM

Thanks guys,
Harley, right now I am just getting caught up on some “Honey do’s” lol and do so jig making in the shop for my next piece. I am still in the planning stage for my 20ft table and chairs for the law firm. I am really looking forward to starting on it. They just gave me the dimensions for how big they wanted it and how many people it will sit, and told me to just use my imagination. I plan on doing lots of carving and inlays with it. I will post pictures once I actually start.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#9 posted 04-24-2009 02:50 PM

Very nice work. would never know it was first, I’m still tryin the whole furniture thing. Know that you started the “Honey Do List” will never end. Great job keep it going.

-- Marty Ohio

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#10 posted 04-26-2009 06:16 PM

Very nice! Please show us more.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 04-27-2009 09:29 PM

Definetely not plain.
I love the way you filled up that corner with it. Nice first job.

-- If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got!

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#12 posted 04-29-2009 04:49 PM

This is beautiful craftsmanship , it fits the space perfectly . The scale looks just right and even though I’m not much of an Oak fan , this piece I would purchase ….or at least try to copy : )

ps ….can you send the Mrs. over my way to decorate , please ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 05-08-2009 12:54 AM

I told you well over a year ago to take this woodwork stuff serously mate, you showed me this piece and i told you it was awesome.
I am glad these seasoned and skilled users agree!

-- Believe in the power of one - Evan Tanner

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Don K.

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#14 posted 05-08-2009 05:57 AM

Thanks Dusty56,

Paul, you old hound dog…what are you up to ??? great to hear from you after al this time !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#15 posted 05-08-2009 02:56 PM

I am painting a lot on canvass mate at the min, really enjoying it!
Maybe one day we can exchange some craftmanship over a cold one?..

-- Believe in the power of one - Evan Tanner

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