First box--a definite trial

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Project by CameronD posted 07-02-2013 02:49 AM 946 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 07-02-2013 04:52 AM

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

Welcome to LumberJocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 05:27 AM

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 07-02-2013 05:49 AM

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

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 10:43 AM

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 07-02-2013 01:25 PM

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 07-02-2013 01:34 PM

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 07-02-2013 02:54 PM

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 07-03-2013 12:16 AM

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 07-03-2013 12:41 AM

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 07-03-2013 01:12 AM

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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