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Project by mtkate posted 06-06-2009 09:33 PM 2041 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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#1 posted 06-06-2009 09:43 PM

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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#2 posted 06-06-2009 09:47 PM

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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#3 posted 06-06-2009 09:49 PM

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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#4 posted 06-06-2009 10:04 PM

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.


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-06-2009 10:19 PM

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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#6 posted 06-06-2009 10:50 PM

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

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 06-06-2009 10:54 PM

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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#8 posted 06-06-2009 11:50 PM

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

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#9 posted 06-07-2009 02:16 PM

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

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#10 posted 06-10-2009 05:28 AM

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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#11 posted 01-20-2010 07:39 PM

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?


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#12 posted 01-20-2010 07:47 PM

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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#13 posted 01-22-2010 03:16 PM

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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#14 posted 01-31-2010 05:39 PM

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

-- Janice

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