My First Project!

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Project by Praki posted 12-26-2007 07:55 PM 1548 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here it is, my very first woodworking project. I made this box as a Christmas present for my wife. Compared to other projects which I see here, this is a pretty simple one. But for me, it is a milestone of sorts. This little box stands for everything from my committing to a serious hobby, buying sharp and dangerous tools :), building jigs and most importantly learning to work safely. There have been many here who have answered my questions and helped with great hints. Thanks everyone!

A bit about the box construction. It is about 6 inches wide, 3 inches high and 2 inches deep. The box top and bottom are Brazillian Cherry and the body is oak. All the bevels were made by a block plane with the aid of shooting board. Finished with Waterlox original finish.

I made a few mistakes in assembling it. I used masking tape in gluing it up and I wish I had tightened the corners a bit more. As it is now, I can see a thin line of dried glue.

Now for the good news. Wife likes it! Next project is to build a computer desk for my daughter. I have been given three months to get it done :)

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#1 posted 12-26-2007 08:11 PM

The wife likes it, and that’s a really good start. It’s a nice box and a great first project.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-26-2007 08:22 PM

Parki – welcome to fold! One projects leads to 100’s. :-)

I’m with Russell – if the wife likes it that’s a great start. You do know now that you have started doing this hobby, your honey-do list will get longer and longer.

Looking forward to future projects and posts.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#3 posted 12-26-2007 08:24 PM

You are off to a great start!

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 12-26-2007 08:26 PM

good job praki keep it up. ahhh ladys and germs we have are hooks in another one he he he lmao

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#5 posted 12-26-2007 08:38 PM

Good work Praki. Made your wife something useful and made her happy, too. Double win!

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#6 posted 12-26-2007 08:39 PM

I like it, I have dozens of small boxes and just like you they are a chance to try new things,new wood types and finishes, as well as polishing your skills. The best thing about these is they are always useful regardless of size. I have seen some very small boxes that have a incredible amount of detail, really amazing the amount of work that can be fit into a project that you can hold in your hands. I’m excited to see the computer desk take shape, it’s going to be an exciting new year. With each new project design 75% around the skills and tools your comfortable with, and the other 25% try something new, you will be amazed at how quickly your woodworkng knowledge expands.
take care,

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#7 posted 12-26-2007 08:52 PM

Yea! Good Job. That is handsome. (I don’t know how to spell the sound of a whistle, but I just whistled for you.)

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-26-2007 09:09 PM

Well done Praki. Now it sounds like you can get some more new tools for your next project. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Did you find a good design for your desk, or are you making your own design?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 12-26-2007 09:37 PM

Praki, that’s a nice effort for a 10th project. Nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 12-26-2007 10:27 PM

From a small box to a computer desk is a giant leap but you sure seem to have the skill to do it. I agree with Bill, it’s worth a new tool or two for the next project

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 12-26-2007 10:28 PM

Handsome little box. Bet ya cant make just one!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 12-26-2007 10:38 PM

Looks good to me, and if the wife likes it…... Oh, and don’t forget those fathful words…”But, honey I need that new tool to build that project you want” works everytime [GRIN]. Great first, look forward to more.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 12-26-2007 11:17 PM

Neat box, Praki. Critterman stole my comment. My wife wants a bunch of candlesticks, so our next purchase is a midi lathe. Everyone comes away happy.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#14 posted 12-27-2007 01:40 AM

Great Box Praki. And if the gift was well received that everything was success even thought the MFG. found some small areas of improvement.

Those items will take care of themselves in the future.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 12-27-2007 02:35 AM

Really nice first project. Sounds like you learned a ton! It made a nice gift.

-- Happy woodworking!

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