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Blog entry by Aubster posted 07-26-2007 02:08 AM 1198 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch


My name is Aubrey and this is my first blog. I feel kind of nervous doing a blog because I am a novice woodworker and I am not use to showing my work to others, but I feel that this will help me get better, and I have gotten more comfortable with the work I do since my first project.
My wife and I decided to do a camping trip for my son who is going to Afghanistan. We also invited the whole family and lots of friends. My wife thought it would be fun to have a chili cook off with no losers just winners of different categories. Seven people signed up, so that meant seven prizes. To save money on prizes Michele (My wife) thought it would be a good idea for me to build seven serving trays all different styles out of the scrap wood I have in the shop. I thought this will also give me experience with different techniques, while getting rid of the wood I could not bare to throw away. So we started planning our first projects with a time limit (Eight weeks).
Our first tray was a simple design made out of pine I had lying around. I like to call this one my warm up tray. For a tray that was so simply designed it took two weeks to build. Almost anything that could go wrong did, but through the process Michele and I learned how to work together in the shop, and how to best organize for the next six trays Which we have already started.
I will post the pictures of the trays as I complete them hopefully each one getting better..

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#1 posted 07-26-2007 02:17 AM

Sounds like the cookoff will be lots of fun. A few more blog posts and it will be natural. Glad you got started.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-26-2007 02:25 AM

You’re off to a good start! The cookoff and the prizes seem like a great idea! Now, here’s the general rule of thumb with regards to woodworking and blogging in general. No pictures? Didn’t happen. LOL Pictures man, pictures!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 02:46 AM

I don’t know how to post a picture in the blog yet, but I did post it as a project. My next entry will have a picture.

And, Yeah we are pretty excited about the cookoff, it is turning in to a pretty big deal. It will be the first camping trip that my kids are even cooking.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#4 posted 07-26-2007 02:55 AM

Here is a link to a guide on how to embed pictures.

You will probably want to get a free account on a photo hosting site such as

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 03:20 AM


There are several beginners here, myself included. Like someone said there is everything from the newbie to the expert and they share their experience and ideas freely. You’ll learn a lot, welcome.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#6 posted 07-26-2007 03:25 AM

This is a great and friendly place to get started blogging…

looking forward to seeing some projects.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 07-26-2007 04:56 AM

Welcome…photos will come. Good start!

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#8 posted 07-26-2007 05:02 AM


Just look at my blogs and projects. I too am a beginner. The only way to get anywhere is to plunge right in! Don’t worry about the bubinga and zebrawood inlay tables, just focus on what you can do now and do the best you can. I will be interested in whatever you work on.

-- John

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#9 posted 07-27-2007 02:33 PM

you are a natural at the blogging!
I am now hooked on the series and want more!! I can’t wait to see the projects as you post them and hear about the camping/cook-off.
Yes.. you drew me right into the story. Well written :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 07-27-2007 02:49 PM

Have fun woodworking along the way. We are awaiting your first pictures. But most importantly best of luck to your son in Afghanistan whilst serving our country.

No way, one can lose in a chili cook off!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 07-28-2007 08:04 AM


That is the idea, the only way you can lose is if you don’t bring any.
I’m sure my son will be fine, he has a good head on his shoulders. Thanks all the same.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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