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Blog entry by spaids posted 05-28-2009 08:36 PM 998 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have almost finished my TSDC beginner woodworker contest entry. This has been a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time. The 30 day dead line sounds easy enough to meet yet I’m struggling to make it. I have pushed myself a bit with this project. I came up with an original design and then, with the help of a friend and my wife, I realized that I should burn that and come up with a second original design.

My second design is more well received by my panel of personal critics.

I used some dowel pins to reinforce the joinery, which is new for me (to make sure there are no metal fasteners in the construction). Glue might have been enough since there is no real work being placed on the joints but they are end grain glue joints and I don’t want to risk it. I also used my router to cut through and stop dado’s (both never before attempted in my shop).


Weekend one flies by and no wood gets cut.
Weekend two: um I’m out of town or something… I already forgot what happened. Again no wood cutting.
Weekend three… I get started. YEAH!

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#1 posted 05-28-2009 08:44 PM

I just finished my desk organizer hey you know shannon rodgers entered the contest as a beginner I was like damn dude. He has been woodworking for like 7 years I was like wow

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#2 posted 05-28-2009 08:59 PM

Wow that does seem a little um… not beginner. I started right at 16 months ago. I know there has been a very steep learning curve so far. This stuff is much harder than Norm makes it look.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#3 posted 05-28-2009 09:23 PM

Hey guys, You can listen to Waid talk about his experience (part of it anyway) on The Sawdust Chronicles

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 01:40 AM

Looks like a good plan

-- Custom furniture

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