First Real Piece of Furniture Ever

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Project by novakid34 posted 11-23-2011 04:03 AM 1383 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a nightstand that I made for my Father’s birthday. This is the first real attempt at building a piece of furniture, and it was done in my garage with very limited tools. I just turned 23 and have found a passion in woodworking. The dovetails are hand cut with a hand saw/hammer and chisel, as well as the multiple tenon joints. The drawer functions on a center mounted drawer slide and the top is a 3/8” blue pearl granite tile. Finished with three coats of tung oil. All comments are welcome, I am obviously just learning the basics as of right now.

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 04:08 AM

Welcome to LJs, nice looking project. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 05:05 AM

Congratulations on a nice job on the first piece of furniture and welcome to LJ’s. Looking forward to the next one. Don’t forget to check for planner marks and protect from glue squeeze out.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 05:39 AM

Your first piece is a lot nicer than my first one some years ago! I agree with Hallmark above about the milling marks and the various ways to prevent and otherwise deal with glue squeeze out. My biggest teaching source has always been my own work. You will find out what works and what doesn’t. This website and countless others, however, give you a chance to learn from others’ experiences. No telling how many projects have benefitted from the wise counsel of my LJ friends.

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 03:48 PM

That is a really really good start! Looks like you had some trouble with squeeze out, and milling marks. But it is minor compared to my first project umpteen hundred years ago. Remember to learn something from every build you do. every one. You’ll be fine. That is a great piece of work you got there, I bet your Dad is pleased and proud to have received it. Lastly, Welcome to LJ’s. Glad to have you with us.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 06:34 AM

congrats on your first project they can only get bigger and better as time goes on.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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