Next on the list #1: Box or cutting board?

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 11-02-2012 11:40 PM 3212 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tomorrow night, we are having neighbours over for some drinks and that will mark our basement being officially done! While I didn’t do any framing or such for the project, I’m pleased with my contribution and with what I learned.

-I made large shelves out of 2×4s to accommodate the stuff that had to be moved out of the basement. That taught me how to figure out the project, plan the cuts, measure 8 times, and the importance of plumb.

-I made a router table and learned how to use it. The guys finishing my basement even asked to use it. (I was THRILLED!!!!)

-I planed my first ever piece of wood and made a long ledge and a shorter ledge, each out of birch, stained to match the laminate floor. I routered out the underside of the short shelf to have it fit over the drywall of a half wall

I ruined a blade on my miter saw by making a wine rack out of pvc pipe and crazy glue.

I copied some wall hangings I saw online by using modge podge and patterned paper on hardboard

I developed an intense dislike of mdf by making a storage shelf for my ink pads.

And I made an attempt at dados on my wrapping station.

While I’m happy to be done, I’m already thinking about my next project.
I have some very nice hardwood- (hickory, purple heart, mahogany, maple and a few others) and am thinking about trying my hand at an end grain cutting board. It seems to be a rite of passage on LJ and if it turns out, I could use it as a Christmas gift.

My other thought was to try a box. I’ve read Doug Stowe’s Basic Box Making and Freedman’s Box Making Basics cover to cover. It’s quite intimidating as I’ve never used a ZCI on my table saw before. Maybe it’s time to learn.

Any thoughts on which project??

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 01:00 AM

Explore LJ and you find what you are looking for. What you see in the projects are the best works but behind the woodworker are some unexposed work. You can see other jobs in the blog. I like you router table. Why not post it to the project list. Thanks for joining us. Box making has lot of difficulty to conquer.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 01:04 AM

Wow, you’ve been busy! It sounds like you have the skills, and the machinery, to tackle something more advanced than a box or a cutting board. However there are some exceptionally skilled executions of both on this forum, as well as some much simpler versions. It won’t be your last project, so just pick something, built it, decide what you’ve learned and move on!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 01:33 AM

Looks to me like you have accomplished a lot in a short time. You are beyond newbie status and should attempt whatever strikes your fancy. Personally, I think box building really challenges your woodworking skills (that’s why I enjoy them so much).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 04:36 AM

I am with gfadvm, I prefer boxes to cutting boards. Boxes have lots of skill items to work on. Of course so do cutting boards, but I would still rate the boxes higher.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 01:51 PM

Was reading though Stowe’s box book again last night. I think I’ll make the first box in the book. While I have my planer going though, might get some stock ready for a cutting board later. But then again, maybe I should make a stand for my planer a la Shopnotes so it’s not such an ordeal lugging that beast.

I feel like a kid at Christmas. So many toys I want to play with, I don’t know where to start. The best part is, there is no pressure for me to do any of it. Just something for me, myself and I. Counting my blessings this morning over a cup of coffee. Offspring number 2 and spouse are off to hockey, offspring 1 is swapping Halloween candy with the neighbour. Company coming over tonight. Life is grand!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 11-04-2012 02:21 PM

Sandra, Project #1 should be a roll around stand for the planer (didn’t realize you were lugging it around). Make the stand to the correct height and your bench/table can serve as an outfeed table to support longer pieces as you run them through the planer. Mine saved the day when I planed all those 16’ boards for my flooring projects.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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