|Project by Plane & Simple Neil||posted 12-23-2009 08:20 PM||2519 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
So, the first time I got interested in wood work was in 2004 when a local company quoted me almost 6 grand to install a desk in a bay window of the room I use as my home office. Not only was the price eye watering but the dimensions were limited. So I took a 10 week evening class at Norwich Technical College (Thursday evenings 5 – 9 pm) and learned a little bit about how to make things out of plywood. The class was excellent and cost only about 70 bucks and while everyone was making small items like bird boxes, I turned up with half a dozen sheets of 4×8 birch laminated plywood in the back of an old pick up truck, with a sketch of a desk spanning about 20 feet in a half circle.
Some skill sawing and biscuit joints, varnish and ten weeks later and there is was.
The hardest thing was making it to measure – to fit exactly the curve of the bay window. I think it was the first time I’d used geometry ever since school.
I love this desk , as does my wife. I made it 30 in high and 30 in deep. so its a good size.
Although, these days I wouldn’t call it woodwork so much as perhaps carpentry, I use it every day and it got me started in cabinet making and woodworking proper. So in reflection, 5 years and many tools later, it would have been cheaper to pay the six grand! :-)
p.s. in one of the photos you can see a jewelry box I just finished for my wife.
And sorry about the photos, the snow outside is blinding and causing havoc with the exposure.
-- Neil, Connecticut - Hand planing is good for the soul!