Here I go #1: day one, sorta

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Blog entry by unclebenny posted 04-07-2013 09:26 AM 1000 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi jocks,
I just joined lumberjocks yesterday after reading some of the product reviews and forums. This looks like a great place for a beginner like me to learn from, get project ideas, and get advice from people with a lot more experience and talent than me. I lost my job and am now on disability thanks to severe rheumatoid arthritis. I am fortunate to have a wonderful wife who keeps me going. I bought some woodworking tools through craigslist last fall and my son helped me set up one stall in my garage as a shop. I got a tablesaw, jointer, bandsaw, router table and 2routers, mister saw, and a dust collector for $700. All are craftsman…I know craftsman isn’t the best but they work very well for me. I especially like the tablesaw, much better than my old contractor version. Since buying these I have added a variety of hand tools, handheld power tools, and most recently a skill drill press.

I have made a couple of end tables, a few keepsake boxes, and now a patio bench and 2 planter boxes. Would have done more but I broke my hip in Feb…..6 week “vacation ”.

Sorry for rambling…..anyway am happy to find lumberjocks and intend to learn all I can from you.

Lastly, my wife would like a cedar planter box for our front step..maybe one that “follows ” the 3 steps, (steps are about 8 ft wide so there is room for a box up to 2 ft wide. Anyone have any plans, pictures, or advice?



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#1 posted 04-07-2013 12:07 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Sorry to hear about the hip, hope you are able to start up in the shop again. Sounds like you have some good projects already done, look forward to seeing them.
The box sounds like a cool idea. May be something you have to do one for each step then join them together, Or make each one longer to kind of stack on the lower one. Just some ideas. Woodworkingformeremortals made a standing plante box a little while back. I am thinking it is the wrong dimensions for what you are looking for, but maybe can give you a direction to go in.


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#2 posted 04-07-2013 12:51 PM

Hi Clieb91,

Actually copied wwmm’s planter box for the 2 that I made. Get a kick out of his querky videos, and I like some of the stuff he makes. I like that wood door mat too, might try it too. Thanks for commenting..the stacking idea might be the right direction to look.

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 02:13 PM

I would definitely make them 3 separate entities in case you need/want to move them in the future.

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