My pre-woodworking wood projects

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 08-26-2012 11:28 PM 7235 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I mentioned on my profile page that I’ve had an interest in woodworking for a long time now. It’s only in the past 2 months that I would say that I started woodworking. I think that woodworking has always been inside of me and it’s been trying to break out for a long time and now it finally has.

Before, my perception of the term “woodworking” was taking wood and putting it together with hammer and nails. I realize now that it is so much more than just that. I thought it would be nice to show some of what I call my “pre-woodworking” builds. I built a couple of things in the last 3 years with a hammer and nails, old scrap wood (the same scrap wood, in fact, that I build the picture frames on my project page – my first real woodworking project), and no clamps or sanding of any kind.

We went to a nursery to look at plants one day and I saw a tree planted in a wooden box. I thought the box looked really cool and I thought to myself, “I could make that with the scrap wood we got recently.” I found out later that these boxes are called “planters” and a few days later built this from the scrap wood:

We actually got some stain and my wife stained it. It’s pretty heavy, but it feels like it will fall apart because all of the nails are coming out. Galvanized nails, might I add, are a pain in the butt. They bend and break so easily, especially when you are just holding the wood together with your body weight while you hammer them in. I had no idea what kind of nails to use, so I just got some that said they wouldn’t rust.

Then I decided to use some of the long planks of wood to make a couple of stools like this one:

I ran out of the galvanized nails while building these two stools because I simply could not stop breaking them. I ended up using some other old nails that I had lying around. This stool is sitting outside and has grayed due to the elements and the fact that we didn’t stain it or anything. The other stool is in the garage with a bunch of junk on top of it.

So, like I said, I think woodworking has always been in my blood, but I just didn’t fully realize it until 2 months ago.

Also, I had such a bad experience with the nails that I doubt I’ll ever use nails again.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 11:58 PM

I can’t say that those are that bad. I kinda like them. The only thing I might not like is seeing the nails in the planter. I think the bench is great too. Can’t wait to see the things you will make now that your eyes are open to the possibilities.

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 12:13 AM

I know, I don’t like seeing the nails in the planter, especially because they are so uneven. Other than that, I guess it does have kind of a rustic sort of look, which I like.

From some of the stuff I’ve seen for sale at some stores there seems to be a market for old, rugged, rough types of furniture. Kinda like buying vintage style clothing, which became popular in the last decade. The stuff is brand new, never been used, but looks 20+ years old.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 03:06 PM

Yes! Rustic! I can’t tell you how much better my woodworking became when my wife started wanting “distressed” pieces. I’m not kidding! Those nails will rust out over time and you will get the chance to build something better. Both of those look pretty good, so don’t beat yourself up about it. Not worth the time, or the effort. Just keep working…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 06:03 PM

Dwain’s right, and a black magic marker will do wonders. The stuff looks good. Thanks for sharing.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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