First box--a definite trial

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Project by CameronD posted 422 days ago 764 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second foray into woodworking after attempting a basic tray a little less than a year prior, and what started my new obsession. With limited access to tools, being that I was just starting, this is orange box store poplar and some walnut dowels in the corners, and I can’t forget the wood filler. It was initially finished with Colonial Maple stain, which looked horrible, so redid it with some BLO. Some remnants I attempted to hand cut box joints with a mediocre chisel and mallet, having no clue what to do. After several missteps, I found out a friend of my parents has a substantial shop and was invited (invited myself?) to their place for a lesson. After some cleanup on the bandsaw and scrollsaw (trying different approaches) We managed to fix it…sort of.

I learned a lot from this project (or rather, I learned some things to not do).

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 422 days ago

You learned from it. That’s always important. We learn from virtually every project we do. Looks like a nice job.

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-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 422 days ago

When you stop learning something new they bury you.
Good luck with your next project. They will continue getting better and more complicated.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#3 posted 422 days ago

That actually looks fairly awesome compared to my first one lol. Great job and welcome to LJ’s

-- Tim, Sydney Australia,,

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#4 posted 421 days ago

Looks good, pretty complicated joint for a first try. I’d say you are well on your way into a lifelong obsession. Keep up the good work

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#5 posted 421 days ago

First – nice looking wood!! Looks like the basics are there. Hang in and continue building; with experience, your skills will increase. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

Check out these videos.

-- Take care.....Ed

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#6 posted 421 days ago

It looks fine and you probably learned a lot from building it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 421 days ago

Hey learning how not to do something is sometimes more important than learning how to do something! I know this from a LOT of experience in doing things the wrong way. But hey, looks like a great first box (as others have said, it’s better than my first box too).

Welcome aboard and look forward to more projects!

-- Steve

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#8 posted 421 days ago

Thanks all. I appreciate the supportive words. We all have to start somewhere. More to come some time, when the next project is underway.

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#9 posted 421 days ago

Now is the time to start on your second box before you forget what you learned on the first one. Look here. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 421 days ago

Keep up the good work – you’ll be a pro boxer before long

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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