What's the 1st piece of furniture you ever built....revisited...!!!

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Rick Dennington

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04-01-2011 07:27 PM

Hi all you April Fooler’s,

I posted this question here about 1 1/2 years ago, and had some good responses. So ..I thought I would ask the question again, since we have lost so many of the old members, and have gained so many new ones. We still have a some of the old members, so they’ll probably remember the post…it’s just a re-visit to an old question….If you can remember back that far, tell us about it, and post a picture if you have one….I’ll start…
When I was a sophomore in high school (1964…whew!!), I built an end table for my mother for Christmas. It was made from Zebra mahoganey, and it was pretty crude. We had to design our own project for a final grade. My mother was so proud of it, and used it in her home until she died in 1996. Then my sister got it, and used it too, until she died in 2003…..And now I’ve got it back and in my home, and hopefully one of my childern will get it when I’m gone… It’s already an antique…now 47 years old…..Here’s a couple of pictures of it….very crude by my work standards today….

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 07:46 PM

I don’t have photos but they were two end tables made out of African mahogany. They came out OK, they are still in my living room but now that I have better tools and a better idea of what I am doing I would like to make them again.

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 08:27 PM

My first was a hope chest for my then girlfriend (now wife) a little more than 20 years ago. Pine lined with aromatic cedar. Unfortunately we gave it away at some point. Maybe I’ll make her a new one some day.

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 08:38 PM

I think that is why I take pictures today of all the furniture and items I make. I have a portfolio of all the things I’ve made. I think it says something about your work when you have pixs. A pixs is worth…..?

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 09:38 PM

Rick, sorry I don’t have pictures of my early work, but cameras had not been invented yet. My first project was a baby bed for myself——well, maybe I didn’t start that young, but it seems like it now!

Seriously, I think my first project was a wall mounted lamp for my room when I was about 12. Made from pine without any kind of plan. Of course to this day I still haven’t used a plan, but hopefully the end result is somewhat better. It helped to have a dad with a nice shop.

About the same time I built a bookcase and magazine rack, also for my room.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 10:27 PM

Best I recall it was a white oak bookcase (45 years ago). Stayed in my mothers house and eventually fell through the cracks in time.

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 10:42 PM

Wow, that’s some pretty wood.

Nice job.


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#7 posted 04-01-2011 10:44 PM

I made a pair of studio couches for my son’s basement bedroom when he was 15 years old and he got rid of it 3 years ago at the age of 41. They were made from fir and put joined with 3/8” dowels, two at each join. They stayed totally solid for their whole life. This wasn’t really a hobby project as I wasn’t into woodworking at the time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 11:24 PM

Well Rick, I guess you’ve always had skills! Another nice project. The most important thing is that it is and has been enjoyed by someone you love.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#9 posted 04-02-2011 12:20 AM

Kent: I was just wondering if you got to use the baby bed you made? No camera, huh?...Not even an old Kodak…..

dabmaker: Wow>> 45 years ago, and it still held up…now that surely was an antique, and I’ll bet your mom loved it, too…Talk about showing off some skills….:)).

Lee: That is some really pretty wood, and I’ve never seen or found any since then…It was wood that our shop teacher furnished, and have no idea where he got it. The school furnished all the wood, but we paid for it when we did a project, if I remember correctly..

stefang: Not sure I know what a studio couch was or is, but to last that long says something about your work and how well it was constructed…...He probably should of kept them…better than most things today.

Cory: If I had any skills, I sure didn’t know about them. At 17, I was into fast girls, fast cars, and rock-n-roll music, and not necessarly in that order…..As I got older, I had to settle down, so maybe I took the time to learn something….not much, but a little…

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 12:26 AM

Ok guys and gals…..keep them coming…this is getting interesting again. And remember..if you got pictures be sure and post them…We’d all like to take a look…. I almost forgot how much fun we had with the first ones. Skill level and all that stuff is not important, so no worries…..this is just a fun thread…..enjoy.

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 12:39 AM

1st one was a night stand given to my Mom. Made it in 7th grade (boy that was a few years ago). Still in use after 31 years. Sorry, Kodak wasn’t around then.

-- A slap to the face is an insult. One to the back of the head is a wake up call.

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 01:18 AM

I get pictures of everything that leaves the shop now. Unfortunately I didn’t in the early woodworking years.

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#13 posted 04-02-2011 02:09 AM

My first was an oak desk years ago (Im not that old ,30) and am sitting at it now.It has held pretty well given my big feet resting on it and my kids terrorize it every day,here is a pic as it sits today[IMG][/IMG]

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#14 posted 04-02-2011 02:21 AM

Well I tried to post a pic didnt work I guess,clicked on link in my post an goes nowhere ?I always forget how to do that…....sorry lol

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#15 posted 04-02-2011 02:38 AM

darins: That’s great that your night stand is still in use….A well-made project will always stand up to the test of time…...glad your mom liked it….would they tell us if they didn’t? No…!!

bb71: That’s ok….I didn’t get the early ones, either, but I did manage to get the end table, since it was still in the family…

bhog: Not to worry…..we believe you have it….if you haver it in P.B, just pull it down, click on the pixs(it’ll go blue around it), and click on “insert media”, and it should go, unless it’s been deleted, which says it has been.

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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