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Project by Silverhill posted 11-12-2014 07:02 PM 1969 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been on Lumberjocks for almost a year now and finally going to post a project or two, or three, or… I am an old guy that never worked wood other than build a couple of freestanding storage shelves from construction 2×4’s and a couple of shipping crates when I moved a few years ago. I am going slow learning woodworking, doing small easy projects rather than thinking that I can build like the seasoned amateurs and pros on LumberJocks. All projects done in construction grade pine from the big box store. My shop is a 20×20 garage. My tools are a miter saw, table saw, and a 10” bandsaw. Also a number of power hand tools and air nail guns.

My first effort after joining Lumberjocks was the 5 board bench. I painted it a very pale yellow in a chalk style paint to see how I liked that type paint.

The Bluebird houses were next. They were copies of one in our yard that has a proven record of Bluebirds living in it.

The green bench was made for our G- kids to use. I thought a variation of the 5 board would be really neat to try. The teal green paint was chosen by DIL and was done in chalk style paint also.

The tool bench was made to hold my drill press and a combo sander with room left for a future purchase of a planer, but after putting my miter saw on it during a clean up, I may just leave it the and build some folding wings for supporting the long pieces of wood. The lower shelf provided some much needed space for small power tool storage.

I looked at every lumber cart on Lumberjocks and decided most were to big for my needs. This one is 2’ wide by 6’ long and holds all that I ever have at one time in the shop for one or two projects. I do have the aforementioned storage shelves in a storage building that I can use for long term storage.

These are my projects since joining Lumberjocks. They are simple projects designed for learning and getting the experience to someday tackle more complex projects. I have done a few trivial items like making a paper towel holder and some other small items but did not always think to have a camera handy.

I thank the LumberJocks on here that have served as inspiration to me to learn a new hobby at my ripe old age.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 08:15 PM

Hey, those projects look pretty good from over here.
I chose to build a lumber rack on the wall and conserve precious floor space, but I can see where the mobile storage rack has it’s usefulness too.
Keep up the great work.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 09:41 PM

You appear to be off to a great start!

-- Ed

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 10:22 PM

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement, handsawgeek and Grumpymike.

I looked at wall mount lumber racks, but in my case, wall space is at a premium as is floor space. I am making the shop to serve several purposes. I have a ton of various memorabilia that I was wanting to put on the available wall space so the garage will serve as a wood shop, and mancave, if people still use that term.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#4 posted 11-13-2014 12:13 AM

You’re never too old! Great work!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 01:19 AM

Great start.

When possible, try to challenge yourself to do something new on every project. Or if there is something you didn’t like on the last project, force yourself to correct it next time.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-13-2014 01:36 AM

Welcome aboard and I’m sure we all look forward to seeing your projects as you learn bit by bit. Gotta start somewhere whether it be big or small and it’s only onward and upward from here! Cheers!

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#7 posted 11-13-2014 03:13 AM

Great attitude to have for sure
The projects look thought out and well executed
I look forward to seeing more!

-- Greg Simon

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DeLayne Peck

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#8 posted 11-13-2014 08:20 AM

Wonderful start! Onward and upward!!!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#9 posted 11-13-2014 03:48 PM

It looks like a great way to start and I think most of us “non-artist” Lumberjocks started the same way!
There’s no ending now. Just keep it going!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 11-13-2014 04:17 PM

Thanks to everybody for the words of encouragement.

Monte—I plan on doing just as you said.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#11 posted 11-13-2014 04:52 PM

This is a great post .. I admire your attitude and your work. Those projects look solid to me! Congratulations.

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#12 posted 11-13-2014 05:31 PM

Nice work for a ”beginner”!
That lumber rack is awesome and the bench is really a good looking project.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#13 posted 11-13-2014 06:35 PM

Chris and oldnovice: Thanks for the encouraging words.

I am overwhelmed by all of the comments from so many Lumberjocks. Thanks to all those that took the time to look at my post. i never would have thought that over 500 people would look at a newb’s post with a 5 board bench for the thumbnail.

The truth is that I have way too many labor hours in some of those projects. I tend to be a perfectionist, to a degree, that plus I am working on that learning curve thing, and boy, do I dislike learning curves!

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#14 posted 11-14-2014 07:40 PM

Silverhill, all of us on this website aim for perfection … while someone sees perfection in your project you may not be that quick to recognize it yourself.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#15 posted 11-14-2014 10:27 PM

oldnovice—- You are 100% correct. My wife tells me the same thing often. She is a great supporter of my woodworking.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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