My start in woodworking

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Blog entry by JoeRPhilly posted 07-19-2012 01:42 AM 1328 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently joined LJ and this is my first post. I got started in woodworking about a year ago, since then I’ve gotten hooked and really enjoy building stuff. The first thing I built is a rustic bench, trying to make use of some yew bush branches that I trimmed in my back yard. I guess it’s not a true woodworking project(and not finished), there is no true joinery, I just nailed everything together. The wood was green when I assembled it last year, and I did not apply any finish

The seat was made from the longest and straightest branches I had, but as you might be able to tell, it’s not very comfortable, or attractive. I picked up a nice piece of live edge 8/4 cherry, and plan to rebuild the bench and use this as the seat.

I will also try to replace all the nails with screws and plugs, and may add some mortise and tenon joins if I’m brave enough. I would need to buy one of those tenon cutters I think.

So this crude assembly got me started down the path of buying tools, wood, etc., etc. This first project was built using just a couple of handsaws, drill, hammer, and nails. Since then I’ve done a lot of reading and become more interested in woodworking and true joinery, and even picked up a few tools. Glad to be here and see all the great projects and information

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 01:43 AM

That’s pretty awesome.
How sturdy is it?

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 01:49 AM

It’s actually super sturdy, the seat does flex, but the frame is pretty solid.

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 02:25 AM

I wouldn’t use the Cherry.

Instead I would take it apart and steam straighten the pieces that need it and support them with one or two center pieces.

You could also slice each piece in half and make a flat, comfortable seat, using the natural bends as a feature.

En even different way would be to weave a seat from whatever local flora works well for you. Straighten the seat and other pieces by steaming first, then add the weave.

Or, I would give you $38.14 for it if you took it apart and sent it to me.

That’s all I have in Paypal after buying a new chainsaw.

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

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 06:48 PM

Dallas, thanks for the suggestions. You’ve definitely given me some options to think about. I’m not sure I’m up for the steam straighten, but that’s a good idea to keep in my head. Also, I’m not sure how I would slice them in half, they’re about 1” in diameter, and I don’t have a bandsaw. Any suggestions on how to do that w/o a bandsaw?

Haha, my wife would never let me sell it! But I do have more small pieces of yew, I hear it’s great for turning

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 07:02 PM

Hey Joe I think it’s a pretty cool bench and even though you just nailed it together ,that’s still legitimate joinery.

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