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Project by mtkate posted 1875 days ago 1488 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the result of three beginner classes in woodworking. Before that time, I had never touched a shop machine but always wanted to learn. Before I invested in such things, I wanted to be sure I could use them and feel comfortable. Unfortunately, our high school (way back when!!!) did not allow women to take shop. I will be perfectly honest – I never ended up using the skill of painting my fingernails which is what they forced us to do instead. Urgh.

The last pic – the shelf – was the first project. It was extremely satisfying to come out of there with an item that looked even better than what you can buy at home depot. The second project was the chest. This is where I learned that sanding is a major part of making a piece. It’s finished with danish oil. The third class was to make a table. That was much more difficult – learning to make a drawer and have it fit. Dovetails…. The carving was at my own risk but I wanted to make something unique. In hindsight I would have finished it in a gel stain but I am not too displeased with it. Everything in pine.

The most important thing I learned, however, was safety. Just learning where to stand, safely, when operating your tablesaw was worth the price.





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wwnovice

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#1 posted 1875 days ago

I’d say you’re off to an excellent start. All of the projects look great, and I’m particularly impressed by the carving.

-- John

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mtkate

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#2 posted 1875 days ago

FYI – I took the classes about 4-5 years ago. I can’t say my skills have improved too much (not enough opportunity to practice – too much work) but it takes me less time to figure out how to do something. Thanks for the comment.

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 1875 days ago

WOW, I’m very impressed with the work you’ve done. Great start to woodworking. Keep it up. I’m glad you learned all about shop safety too. That is very important.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1875 days ago

I’m with Jerry, I’m a beggining adult woodworking instructor for my locol comunity collage and most of my students did not reach the level of projects you show here for some time . Well done.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 1875 days ago

My gosh! I can’t believe that is your first table!

Obviously, you are a natural.

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

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Russel

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#6 posted 1875 days ago

If those are projects from a beginning class, I cannot imagine what the advanced students do. That’s nice work.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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SCOTSMAN

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#7 posted 1875 days ago

Very nice a great start you shoould only get better each time you achieve something .I particularily like the table.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Loucarb

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#8 posted 1875 days ago

All your projects look fantastic. I like the what you did on the apron of your table very nice.

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Splinterman

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#9 posted 1874 days ago

Your comment on better than Home Depot products is correct…....Yours are superiour…..well done.

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 1872 days ago

You’re off to a good start. Those are some nice looking projects. Thanks for posting.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Millo

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#11 posted 1647 days ago

Amazing tale from you high school days. I’m a total beginner myself, this next week I will put my first second-hand tools to use. Got a question: where did you take your classes? Local community college or lumberyard? How long are these classes USUALLY, as far as you know?

Thanks!

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nailbanger2

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#12 posted 1647 days ago

People like you really tick me off! Beginning projects? I have been working with wood (not the way I want to) for over 20 years, and I would be proud to show that table as a project of mine. Some people got it, I guess.

BTW, just kidding about the ticking off.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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mtkate

2049 posts in 1924 days


#13 posted 1645 days ago

The classes are a local business. Most of them span the equivalent of 30-60 hours depending on the level. These are not from my high school days…. my high school did not allow women to take shop. I took the classes in, let’s say my late 30s. It was my first real opportunity with woodworking. With supervision, I was able to pull these off. Left alone, I need to pay lots of attention to what I am doing.

There are lots of beginners on LJs who have really amazing first projects, without having taken classes. Certainly, that ticks me off too! ;)

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janice

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#14 posted 1636 days ago

Those all turned out very nice for beginner projects, like everyone else said.

-- Janice

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