Headed to Class #1: Making a Table

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Blog entry by MickeyD posted 03-14-2010 05:01 PM 1413 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to a woodworking class in April in Kentucky. I am a novice woodworker and I am getting nervous. I will be making a small table with a dovetail drawer. I have never made a table or a dovetail. I figured I better try here at home so I bought some poplar and have started a table. The glue up on the table top went well and I am having fun with the plane trying to make it nice and smooth. I hope there is some thickness to it when I am done. I discovered that I should have made the mortises in the legs before I tapered them. I will find out today when the tenons get finished if they line up straight. Kindlingmaker made me a nice jig for tapering the legs, but I discovered that there is a particular order to tapering. The first one worked fine just by luck, but the second one I did backwards and had to pick a different side to taper when the leg wouldn’t lay flat on the gig on the tapered side. I will be taking the class with Kelly Mehler. I hope he is a patient man. I will head out to the shop again this morning and see what else I can discover about woodworking.

-- -Willing to try

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 06:07 PM

You have a good plan going. Nothing like a little experience to help you know what to focus on in the class. You will also be armed with lots of good questions. Good luck!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 07:00 PM

Mickey, I am sure the class will be a lot of fun. I have looked over the various classes that are offered and any of them are well worth attending. Post a summary of the class if you get a chance.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 07:08 PM

I have no doubt that Kelley Meller is a man generous with his patience and knowledge. Everything I have ever read or heard about him supports this.

I would not fret over your skill level, everyone is there to learn and ask questions. I am sure that the class will be a great experience and you will get to meet Kelley Mehler in a small class setting instead of a convention. How cool is that?

Remember, we all started climbing the ladder from the bottom when developing our woodworking skills.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 05:17 AM

You will do great!
Do not worry a bit. You will have a great time. I always enjoy taking classes.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 02:06 PM

Its funny reading your post. I’m seeing more and more tha there is a fair amount of “thinking ahead” in woodworking (as is in metalworking too). Deciding which step to do next in order to make subsequent steps easier or to look better. A fun journey.

Pictures, pictures. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 09-17-2010 01:23 PM

You are just wonderful, thats the way to go!
Best thoughts and a big smile, from your new Danish buddy,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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