|Forum topic by Gavel||posted 08-13-2009 05:51 AM||1797 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-13-2009 05:51 AM
Hi. First post, new woodworker, be gentle. My sum total of woodworking experience is nailing together a very modest workbench out of construction-grade 2×4s and some MDF and hardboard.
Recently, I hired a carpenter to rebuild the stairs in my home (and he did a beautiful job). He left a huge pile of scrap red oak. The stair company he works for does outstanding millwork, and these boards look terrific and I want to put them to use.
First question – I assume that the wood is suitable for a basic woodworking project?
Second question – What’s a decent project for a newbie? I literally know close to nothing and will be Googling every term in the plans and buying tools as I need them. Among the things I’m interested in doing is a desk clock for my father, a simple keepsake box for my daughters, or maybe a “gunrack” for my son (he’s into paintball and airsoft).
My power tools are basically a table saw, a hand router, a random orbital sander, and a drill. I’ve also got a decent set of Marples chisels.
Any suggestions would be welcome. I don’t have a ton of spare time right now so I’d like to take on something I can finish in a few weekends. Ideally, I’d like a project that introduces me to some basic joinery techniques, too. I’ve got a modest budget available for stock and tools. I’m also taking an “intro to woodworking” class in a few months but I’d like to start a project now, I find that classes are way more helpful if you’ve got a little experience under your belt first.
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