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04-15-2011 12:40 PM

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When I look at some of the awesome projects people post here, I often think of what steps you take from start to finish. For example: When making a table, do you go out and buy all of the wood you will need at once and pile it up? Do you always start with the legs, frame, or top?

My point of this post is to ask those that are able to take pictures of your projects before they are complete. For instance, take pictures of all the lumber you assembled, take pictures when you have a frame built, and then take your final pictures.

I don’t want this to be an inconvenience, but I personally think it helps beginning woodworkers picture each step in the process.

Thanks, Matt

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 01:25 PM

Matt, this is not a bad idea at all. I have always found that blogs, which document the steps involved in the project, are extremely helpful and convey quite a bit of useful information on the construction, joinery and finish as opposed to only seeing the finished pictures. But despite best intentions we tend to get caught up in the individual sequence of events in a build and often forget to document the important steps in the process. This is certainly a reminder to be more diligent and post more construction blogs.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 01:15 AM


I usually start with a picture of what I want to build, I then with the help from the little woman add the overall dimensions. Next I draw it up and begin to break it down. I like to draw up each piece that is involved in the construction. I like to put the unit together completely unfinished and then take it back apart and finish.

Once the drawing is done I make a cut list and cut out all the parts. I finish sand everything I can at this point. I then put it together and make sure everything is in the right place, LOL

I don’t know if this helps or not. Questions?


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#3 posted 04-16-2011 02:11 AM

Thanks Les and Scott,

Les, this is the sort of information that could be helpful or at least good to think about. So yes it does help. The point of this forum for the most part was to ask people (in the future) to post pictures with their project before the finished project. For example when you post a new project, try including pictures of the rough lumber, the early construction stages, and the point before you finish the piece; and then finish by posting the finished product. I know that many cover these things in blogs; but like Scott said, many people tend to focus more on technique than the stages of a project. I hope this makes since??

Thanks for the reply, Matt

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 04:19 AM

I like it when people do this too, particularly if it’s a project I want to replicate. Sometimes people post to blogs over many weeks to show the development of a project. It there is a particular thing you want to build, try searching the blogs and you might find a how to.

I tried to do this on my latest project. I took a class over the winter and took photos the first few weeks, but the beginning pictures were so boring, I didn’t post them. The beginning was just milling: flattening on the jointer, making the faces parallel and to proper thickness on the planer, edge jointing, cutting to rough size, etc.

If there are tutorials on certain subjects or start to finish on certain projects you might be interested in seeing, I’m sure there are folks who would be willing to post.

I’m interested in shop-made tools and I’ve found lots of very helpful information here and on other sites that I was able to find with simple google searches.

Good luck and thanks for posting.

-- Glen

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 06:41 AM

Matt I try to blog on my projects. People can help point out what might be a better approach. Ask for ideas. One I learned here is the golden rule [1.61] in design. That is a great help. It also to me is a great deal of fun. I have made some very good friendships here. To me this site has the knowledge of most every aspect of woodworking or these nice folks will help point you in the right direction. When you post, show your mistakes so someone else wont go down the same path as you did. And one last thought. If it is a fairly large project I would try to get the wood at the same time. So as to have the same color, moisture level and grain. imho

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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