YALVDT (yet another, LVDT), my first

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Project by psh posted 01-20-2011 08:31 PM 1871 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple, cherry, walnut. Finished with mineral oil. Approx. 12.5” x 18.5” x 1.625”.

Newbie. Not perfect. Learned much. Don’t have jointer, planer, drum sander – all of which would have been helpful/useful! Ending up making router planer jig – sanding, scraping, and cussing just wasn’t get it flat…

-- Peter, Central VA

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 08:35 PM

Not bad considering a lack of jointer, planer, drum sander. They do get easier. Keep at it. Each glue up you will learn a little more.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 08:36 PM

You did one whale of a good job. I couldn’t imagine doing that without a jointer, planer or drum sander. It sure looks flat, too.
That’s one happy lady, too…and that’s what counts.
Great job!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 08:40 PM

Excellent job Peter. I’m impressed that you were able to accomplish such a great LVDT with basic tools. Love the recessed handles on the sides. Nice touch. Each board teaches you new lessons and allows you to plan your next.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 08:46 PM

Reminds me of the first bookcase I made. Only had a circular saw and a router. I managed to get the pieces together, but more with a lot of clamps than finesse! I agree with BeeMan – it definitely gets better.

I love the design, by the way. It looks pretty intricate to try to get everything to fit just so. And great smile in photo #3.

-- Steopa

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 08:52 PM

Great inspiration for me. I love your design and of making the tools you have work creatively. Awesome.

-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 08:58 PM

Nice board, where did you get the pattern for it?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 01-20-2011 09:30 PM

Looks flat now. Goes to show you don’t always need all of the latest equipment to get good results.

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#8 posted 01-20-2011 09:39 PM

I’m impressed, nice job; and without a jointer and planner. Reminds me of my earlier days; I built a roll top desk in soft maple, it was a frame and panel. I cut and machined every stick including the tambour. Only had a old 9” contractors table saw, a router table and a palm sander. Makes you appreciate the finer tools when you get them. Congrats!

-- Cut the hole twice and it's still too big!

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#9 posted 01-20-2011 11:54 PM

Great first board. Learning along the way, and more importantly, remembering those lessons during the next one will pay dividends.

Nice pattern and classic cutting board wood choices.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 01-21-2011 01:21 AM

considering this was your first and you are limited in your selection of tools I am very impressed that you not only attempted it but attempted such an ornate glue up. With ambition like that there will be many more beautiful pieces to follow. Great job.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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#11 posted 01-21-2011 10:02 AM

You mightn’t like it. But it looks as tho someone did!
Great pattern

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 01-22-2011 05:16 AM

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. It is my own design, and yes, I did get it flat! The next one will be better. I like challenging myself and working on the edge of my knowledge and skills.

-- Peter, Central VA

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