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#1 posted 06-28-2011 06:21 PM

I guess I am a ‘shallow end’ kind of guy.

If I have any question about what I am trying to do, I put the high-priced stock on the shelf, and practice with pine or scraps.

In a few cases, I have built complete projects as prototypes … sometimes they wind up in the house or are given to someone as a gift, but a lot of the time, they become firewood, scrap, or just accumlate on a shelf somehere. Last week, I found a pair of pine raised panel doors I made as prototypes for an entertainment center I built 3 years ago. The doors were good enough to save, but I didn’t have a project I could use them on, so I wrapped them in plastic and put them away.

Right now, I am building tambour top boxes as Christmas gifts. The one I posted a few weeks back ( ) is actually the 2nd prototype … I built one out of pine scraps, but it never made it to the ‘finish’ line … too many mistakes. By the time I got the second one done, I had figured out how to avoid/correct the mistakes I made and am pretty confident I now possess the skills to execute the design (there are 3 of them in progress right now on the bench).


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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