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First Piece of Furniture

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Project by Smallcrafter posted 693 days ago 1086 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we moved into our home, the owner’s father had a fine pre-fab shed primarily used for storing the lawnmower. After poking around, I found an old but working table saw and a bunch of lumber including a 9’ white oak board. I always wanted to make my own furniture and after making a shelf and a step stool, I decided to draw up some plans and make a simple table for my wife. Being unemployed and broke, I had to work with the tools that I already have but bought a couple of Japanese hand saws to use for the cuts that don’t require the table saw. I don’t want to use nails and screws in my work and want to keep the use of power tools to the bare minimum. My goal is to build Craftsman furniture, but I have a long apprenticeship ahead. At 61, I’d like to get enough practice to make things that I can sell when I retire. I such a newbie right now I wear a shop diaper instead of a shop apron! Gotta start sometime!

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 693 days ago

Well for someone still in woodworking diapers you did a great job on that table!
Nice work!
Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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AJswoodshop

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#2 posted 693 days ago

Great job! My first piece of furniture wasn’t that nice!
Nice job!

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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iamcliff

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#3 posted 693 days ago

Well, you inspire me. I’m a newbie and I was thinking it might be too late to pick up something new, especially something like woodworking. This piece looks great.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Dale

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#4 posted 693 days ago

That is very nice, please post future projects.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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MonteCristo

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#5 posted 693 days ago

Good job on your first piece !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Woodwrecker

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#6 posted 693 days ago

Looks good to me.
And welcome to Lumberjocks !

-- Having fun...Eric

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Smallcrafter

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#7 posted 693 days ago

Thank you for your warm welcome and kind words. This piece is tighter than previous attempts requiring just a bit of filler. I still struggle with flush fits…I have fits over fits! Sometimes I measure three times and STILL end up with mystery problems. All in the learning curve I know. When I get a job I’ll have a choice of front brakes and struts on the car or a new table saw with a stacked dado blade…decisions, decisions!

Russ

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer

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bob62

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#8 posted 693 days ago

Way to go Russ just keep making sawdust brother!!!!

-- Robert, Mississippi, http://www.lunberjocks.com

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BigJerryWayne

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#9 posted 692 days ago

Great job. I haven’t made my first piece of furniture yet. I sure hope mine turns out as well as this.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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