First piece of furniture

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Project by getlostinwood posted 04-22-2012 01:02 AM 1911 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is for my youngest daughter. Walnut and maple, I learned alot on this one. It was probably above my level when I started. I have lots of screw ups that show from a saw blade kick to tear out. I decided it was OK to leave a few mistakes visable to remind me to pay attention from here forward and to let he see that it is a piece that her Dad made for her. It isnt perfect but it’s hers and as heavy as it is should last a few years.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 01:39 AM

Nice looking piece. Those small flaws that are there are seen by you as one type of reminder but I am sure by her as another type altogether. Looks like it will be with her for quite some time.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 01:52 AM

A great first piece, very very nice.

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 04:32 AM

Congrats on a good first piece. It looks sharp and the contrast of woods is nice.
Hope to see more as you enjoy the work.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 06:51 AM

Those aren’t flaws, but character!

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 06:58 AM

Pretty good on the first furniture project.With time and practise you’d be amazed to see how your skills have improved.

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 11:23 AM

very nice. You need to re-work. Mistakes = embellishments. :-)

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 03:23 PM

I bet you are hooked now. Good. I must make you a buddy and see how your future unfolds.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 03:40 PM

Good looking wood, nice build

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#9 posted 04-22-2012 06:14 PM

show me a woodworker who has never made a mistake and i’ll show you a woodworker whose skills and creativity have never advanced or developed. your piece looks great. remember your mistakes, learn from them, and make something better next time. that’s what makes woodworking so enjoyable…at least for me. congrats and thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 04-22-2012 06:24 PM

Looks like it needs drawer pulls but hard to tell that fully from the pics. I really like the boards you picked out for the top and it looks like you jointed and glued them up perfectly. The longer style of the drawers really shows off the grain giving a very pleasing overall effect when contrasted to the lighter case; i like it.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#11 posted 04-22-2012 11:57 PM

Really nice! and a great choice of contrasting woods now how about some maple pulls on the drawers?

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#12 posted 04-23-2012 02:52 AM

Thanks all for the encouragment. We are in a debate in the house over the pulls. I’d like to make some simple walnut pulls, but the idea of some nickel or maple has been discussed. Should get this worked out this week.
I do have to admit that when posting this I shared it on facebook, my father chimed in his approval to which I was pleased. I have read about many on LJ losing their father and looking back at their teachings on wood. While me and my father havent spent alot of tme in the shop together, I have spen hours on the phone learning his insight to approaching wood.
I have found LJ’s to be the most encouraging and the hardest critics, the perfect combination to make us better.

thanks to all

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#13 posted 04-23-2012 12:19 PM

I know I probably don’t get a vote (got to keep the household happy), but if I did, I’d go maple.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 04-24-2012 06:44 PM

Hard to say on the pulls, maybe black wrought iron could be nice? Maple could be a nice accent or it could break up the surface appearance and not look so good, nice thing with that is if you have the scrap it only costs a little time and if it breaks up the beauty of those drawer fronts you can always save them for the next project. The walnut could blend nicely, though if you get fancy with them it may never be really noticeable as they could just blend in. No idea on brass. Either way, when you decide post up a pic, be interesting to see what you decide since all your options sound good.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#15 posted 04-24-2012 07:05 PM

Maybe if you cut some handle shaped off white paper the size of the possible maple handles, taped them on, stood back and took a look at the contrast it would help.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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