|Project by WoodGoddess||posted 10-11-2012 07:14 PM||1743 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
My first woodworking project was a success! With the help and guidance of my husband I was able to make my own cuts, experience “kick back” of the wood I was cutting, and learned that a firm grip and a bit of determination will get me through this journey I’ve decided to undertake.
I documented my entire experience (with pictures) on Twitter. If some of you seasoned woodworkers have the time please take a look at my pictures from the beginning and tell me how to avoid the splitting you will see as well as proper hand placement. That would be really helpful for my next project.
The wood splitting because of the kick back issue really made me disappointed.
The slanted cuts were harder for me on the table saw. I did the first side piece on the table saw and couldn’t get it cut completely so switched to a hand saw. (I was scared of the kicking back.) But for the second side I overcame my fear and told myself to “man up” and I got the second side done with ease. (See the picture!)
The entrance was easier said than done.
The hinge was a bit tricky.
I worked with drier wood purchased from Lowes, so I didn’t have moisture content to be concerned about.
I was able to build something with my own hands.
A neighbor came by and was “shocked” that I’d built my very own birdhouse.
It’s lovely on my fence and I get to see it from my office window.
The “upgraded” hinge and longer roof sort of makes my birdhouse a bit more weather resistant and should keep a lot of the water out.