Early projects #1: How I started woodworking.

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Blog entry by OmarN posted 03-19-2015 03:49 PM 1272 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started woodworking with hand tools about three years ago when I moved into my home. Previously I had been living in rental units, and it was difficult for me to store anything in my house, let alone tools, plus the noise would’ve annoyed the neighbours.

I tried, unsuccesfully, to build this billy cart, but abandoned the project in frustration a few days later. It’d be only after a few months (and quite a few youtube videos watched) when my third child was born that I’d build my first project. It was a weird hanging shelf. Nothing fancy, just rectangular plywood boxes with a french cleat to easily place them on the walls. All pieces were butt joined with screws, no glues. Sheet was cut at my local Masisa Labs, where they cut the whole sheet for a dollar and cents. I fortunately now had corner clamps so building the boxes was a lot faster than having my kid hold the plywood so I could drill a pilot hole. I hid the screw heads and the plywood edges with clear contrasting colors (both edge banding and the wood dowels were light, as opposed to the okume sheet that came up pretty dark).

All in all it took me about three days to build it, and it came up pretty sturdy. It holds a lot of heavy books, and I’m thinking of building another one soon. I built five more rectangular shelves like that, which I sold this time (though I only sold three), which I believe makes me kind of a more serious woodworker. After that I’ve built a few more projects for the family, like a raised bed, shelves, and for my garage workshop.

A few more power tools and about a thousand bucks spent later, this is what my workshop looks like (I warn you, I did clean up a bit for the photo, so it was a lot messier)

-- jomarnavarro - You better watch your wood.

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