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09-24-2010 02:58 AM

starting my first project .would like to know what was your first project and what issues did u encounter.

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 05:30 AM

My first project was a cabinet for my shop. I had never done cabinet before.
I watched sommersfeld video and bought the pocket hole system. That came in handy.

My mistakessss:
range from measuring twice and still cut short.
used bowed wood on the sliding door (it does not slide well)
routed dado on the wrong side

The finish was my biggest problem. I assembled before finishing so it was difficult to sand in some places.
Cutting the sheat of plywood all by myself on a small contactor saw.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 08:02 AM

Not sure :-)) I was about 8 or 9 when I started whittling and making toys for myself and bro & sis.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 03:43 PM!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 06:12 PM

My first project was a workbench. I believe it was from Fine Woodworking in their “Getting Started in Woodworking” videos. All I had was a circular saw and a drill and a router. Basically all I needed, it just made some of my work less accurate. I found I drilled my holes at an angle instead of straight through and didn’t make all straight, equal length cuts with my circular saw. Didn’t do a finish since it was shop furniture. My first real project that I finished was a bassinet. I learned a few things and bought a tabletop drill press to help drilling some holes as well as a doweling jig. Very handy. I ganged my slats together and tried cutting them all at once with my circular saw to keep them all the same length. Worked out a little better but all wood was from a home center and thicknesses varied a little as well as widths. Also, some were slightly warped. Now I’ve added a table saw and planer and most recently a jointer so hopefully will keep improving. Good luck on your first. Nice looking saw. It should help.

-- Matt -

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 11:40 PM

Well my first project was a little end table for my wife. Thought I could use mortise and tenon joints and it would all go together simply since there was not going to be any curves. Found out that a new chisel dosn’t come from the store sharp and that I really suck at mortise and tenon. I ended up pinning the loose joints with a brad nailer. Luckly the table came out worthy of my wifes picky styling and now resides in the living room.

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 12:34 AM

My first “real” project was a pair of aderondack chairs. I recommend them as good starting projects. You can get by with only a few tools and you can get some good skill-building experience. I only needed hand held power tools – circular saw, jig saw, router and drill.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 08:08 AM

My first project was a simple Shaker style wall shelf made from cedar. It was the project for an
introductory woodworking class. It was a gift for my 6yr old daughter so she insisted that I stain
it pink. It was pretty straightforward but I think it turned out pretty well.


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#8 posted 10-01-2010 10:40 AM

Pair of End Tables. Something went wrong but never figured it out so I just Burned them. Did manage to get a pic though.
Box Design

Didn’t you just Post this Same question in a Blog?

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 10:44 AM

A dolls house for my kid sister. Who is nearl 50 now. (she was 3 at the time.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 10-13-2010 05:47 PM

My first project was a bench that I made for a school project. Only thing I really messed up was I drilled the holes to deep for the screws. But then I wasn’t experienced.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#11 posted 10-24-2010 04:49 AM

What I consider to be my first woodworking project was a chess board that I did in high school. I’ve picked around with woodworking before that but never really built anything.

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#12 posted 10-24-2010 05:07 AM

A lamp made from pine and the biggest issue was getting a consistent finish on a specie that’s prone to blotching. That was 33 years ago and getting a consistent finish on certain types of wood remains a challenge.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 05:46 AM

A “hydroplane” to tow behind my bike. I went to the scrap pile, picked up a couple of boards, used a hand saw and a hammer and a couple of nails. Asked my mother for a piece of string, and I was in 6 year old heaven.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 05:54 AM

a corner cabinet used as a entertainment center with 30 false drawers

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 10-24-2010 09:02 AM

My first proper project was a spinning wheel. My high school teacher designed it and us kids made it. As far as I remember, it all went pretty smoothly but that was a long time ago now and we had a teacher to fall back on.
Still have it tho and in pride of place! :-)

-- Theresa,

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