|Project by mtkate||posted 06-06-2009 09:33 PM||1874 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
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.