First wood working project i made.

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Project by Jacob Manning posted 02-11-2010 08:59 AM 2517 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first wood working project i have made.
I first started this in year 7, and finshed it in year 7. It did not take me long. When i was building this, it was the first time i really knew what i wanted to do. Be a carpentar. I have still not changed my mind, this is what i love doing hopefully i keep getting better.


-- Jacob Manning

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 09:26 AM

That looks like a fine box to me , Jacob.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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Benji Reyes

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 10:02 AM

That’s cool Jacob! Next time draw a plan first. I believe the partition was an after thought that’s why the partitions are not squared and just glued on. Not a bad start. Do you spell carpenter as carpentar down under? I know you call jail “gaol” umbrellas “brollies” and a bunch of other new words for us. I think that’s cool learning words from other countries. Keep the saw dust flying Jacob!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 10:52 AM

Excellent first project! I’m looking forward to seeing more. And I’m really glad to see that your not being deterred by all the rude comments posted in your blog.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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Jacob Manning

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 11:15 AM

Thanks guys.

-- Jacob Manning

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#5 posted 02-11-2010 12:15 PM

thank┬┤sfor sharing the first
and I can see you have come
great from this start to your
little soldier keep up the progress
you are on the right track
and welcome to L J sorry
that I forgot it on your first


#6 posted 02-11-2010 12:16 PM

im with don jacob keep it up mate you are doing a great job here and know any and all of us here will help you in any way we can all you have to do is ask and please dont be afraid to do that

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#7 posted 02-11-2010 12:30 PM

that is wonderful.
I love seeing “first projects”.
Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 02-11-2010 12:48 PM

Looks good from here. Ya got a good start!

-- 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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#9 posted 02-11-2010 01:02 PM

Your projects from year 7 to year 9 show great improvement in skill.
This is a fine box for the age at which you made it.
I imagine if you keep up challenging yourself you can go
far with your craft and skills.
Your posts make me think you are a very mature young man.
Be proud of yourself and your work,
I want you to know I feel proud of you for moving forward
even with the negative posts…..
I know you won’t let anyone hold you back.
Congratulations !! : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 01:33 PM

As Lisa said, your skill development has progressed. That’s all we can hope for.
Keep your dream center stage and you will achieve it.
As for the negativity… it is not what you say but how you say it.
Remember, as a carpenter, you will have to develop and submit bids and know enough math to, well, do the math that goes with figuring out stock and cost. As I read posts here, I know that many of our smartest woodworkers spell and write as they think… so what! As long as you know what you are doing and can express yourself well, continue on your journey.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 02:59 PM

great job jacob.boxs are a lot of fun to do.they can be a great way to use your small off cuts.keep up the good work.

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#12 posted 02-11-2010 03:01 PM

Good job my friend. Stay at it, you will go places.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#13 posted 02-11-2010 03:19 PM

jacob ,
this is a great little project ,

it makes me remember the first one i made ,
it was hand cut dovetails ,
everywhere !

the only way into it ,
was to take the top off !

what was i thinking !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 02-11-2010 03:38 PM

This is very good. And its good that you still have it to refer back to. My sister has one of my earliest boxes and I recently saw it for the first time in 20 years. Wow! I cant believe how far I have progressed with my box building.
Boxes are magical, they are the most popular type of project on LJ, just behind jigs,haha.
Thet appeal to us because they have a mystery to them, and they vary so much, they give us an opportunity to express ourselves. Plus, they dont use much wood or hardware.
I am not suggesting that you have to make more boxes, but are on to a good start with this one.
I wrote a tutorial about making some of my boxes and it might be of interest to you.
It may be a little too advanced in this stage of your woodworking career, so feel free to ask me for help if you wish.
I am always available.
Best wishes,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 04:06 PM

Nice Box, I remember the first projects I made. Just Sticks on a lathe(to beat my brothers with), They looked like table legs(round with lots of lumps). :)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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