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Camel_Jockey

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12-23-2011 03:32 AM

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What would be some good wood and what would be easy project to start off. I have only done little woodwork but would like an easy job to make.

Any sugestions?

-- Be gentle I am only new to the game


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Broglea

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 04:02 AM

Pine and poplar are good choices to start off with. I’m assuming if your just starting out you probably do not have a planer or jointer. This will limit you to dimensional lumber from the BB stores.

What kind of projects are you considering?

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 04:03 AM

A work bench with whatever wood is available.

Just my $0.02.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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dbol

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 04:06 AM

Wine bottle balancer is a cool project. Tools needed: a drill with a hole saw. A miter saw and or a table saw.

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Bagtown

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 04:08 AM

Hey Camel Jockey,

What do you have for tools? Also, what type of wood is available to you in your part of the world?
There are a lot of things you could make depending on what you have and what is available.

Merry Christmas,

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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zindel

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 04:19 AM

Yeah if you tell us what tools you have we can come up with lots of ideas for you. my $0.02 is a cutting board…if you a table saw or even a miter saw…heck if you really take your time you could do it with a circular saw plus you can always use another cutting board

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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Camel_Jockey

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 04:33 AM

I have hand saws a bench a clamps I have just basics no plainer table or saw table. A wine holder looks good I can try that one. But keep some ideas going. Thankyou

-- Be gentle I am only new to the game

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 12-23-2011 04:42 AM

Something simple, huh?.......UUUUMMMM….how about a bird house? Piece of cake…..make sure the entrance hole is big enough for the bird to get in….:)

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Dallas

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#8 posted 12-23-2011 04:48 AM

Some of the simplest projects are the most difficult.

Try to make a box that is perfectly square.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 05:16 AM

A six board chest. Any size, so it’s useful to your life’s circumstance.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Camel_Jockey

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#10 posted 12-23-2011 06:37 AM

Thankyou for ideas I will put on picture soon. A surprise

-- Be gentle I am only new to the game

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#11 posted 12-23-2011 07:11 AM

I don’t know what is available to you wood wise, here in the north-east US oak is readily available air dried for 1.00 a board foot. I’d start with a simple entrance way bench and go from there.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Rick

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#12 posted 12-23-2011 10:08 AM

The “Other Rick” above had a good idea. Birdhouse OR Birdfeeder. The Bird House shown here is an ”Outhouse Birdhouse”. ....LOL… I think it’s GREAT and easy to build.

The feeder shown next is a ”Rail Feeder” as you can see. NOTE: ANY type of a Birdfeeder should have ”Screening” for the Bottom. It allows the water to run through and the “Birdseed” doesn’t end up rotting or going bad. Same screen as you would use in a “Screen Door”.

I made a couple of Feeders a year or so ago and I just found some Photos of one of them. It’s made from Scrap Pine I had laying around. First Photo is during construction so you can get an idea of ”How”. The “Screened Feeding” Part is made as a seperate piece so it can be removed if needed.

This picture is ”Finished and In Place” NOTE: I don’t think the usual Metal Eye Bolts they always have sticking out the sides is the best way to Attach or Hang the Rope from. I drilled through the sides and the Yellow Rope runs all the way through and is Joined Under the Roof. That also allows you to adjust the “Hang” of the Feeder.

Oh yes! The “White Stuff” in the Background is known as ”SNOW”...LOL… We have a lot if it in CANADA.!

Hope it helps My Friend!!

Regards: Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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Tootles

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#13 posted 12-23-2011 02:51 PM

Use pine, poplar or whatever is cheap and readily available from your nearest hardware store. Buy it rough if you have the tools to plane and size it, but buy it dressed and dimensioned if you don’t

Go make a box. Make one to use in the workshop to hold a tool or something so that it needn’t be pretty or fancy. BUT … Make it square and use something other than a straight-forward butt joint in the corners. Screws and nails should be avoided except for attaching hinges and a catch.

If you can make a box well, you are a long way down the path of doing many different projects.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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Tootles

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#14 posted 12-23-2011 02:52 PM

Use pine, poplar or whatever is cheap and readily available from your nearest hardware store. Buy it rough if you have the tools to plane and size it, but buy it dressed and dimensioned if you don’t

Go make a box. Make one to use in the workshop to hold a tool or something so that it needn’t be pretty or fancy. BUT … Make it square and use something other than a straight-forward butt joint in the corners. Screws and nails should be avoided except for attaching hinges and a catch.

If you can make a box well, you are a long way down the path of doing many different projects.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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NiteWalker

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#15 posted 12-23-2011 07:57 PM

Poplar and plywood are good starting materials.
Build a workbench; browse lj; there’s a lot of quick simple benches to be found.
Bookcases are pretty simple as well as some shop cabinets.

Good luck and enjoy your hobby!
It’s a slippery slope once you get started…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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