My first project

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Project by jsvol posted 01-30-2015 02:46 PM 3215 views 22 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I decided that I wanted to try my hand at woodworking. I have chewed on this for a few years and I have a little construction experience in my background, but several months ago I decided it was time. For my first project, I wanted to build something that was practical but would also give me some experience and practice with varying skills. I had watched the Wood Whisperer’s videos (among others) and thought the assembly table project would be a good fit for what I wanted to do. I bought some Birch plywood from a big box store and began cutting away.

This project contained many “firsts” for me. My first dado, first rabbet, first drawer assembly, first drawer slide assembly, first time using MDF, first time using polyurethane, and honestly many other firsts! Overall, I had a great time, made many mistakes (I like to think of them as opportunities to learn), and I am actually pretty proud that I was able to see it through from start to finish. I have already begun my next two projects and the assembly table is coming in very handy!

I also want to say thank you to all of the great users on LJ for your inspiration and ideas. Hopefully, I will be able to post many more projects.

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 02:58 PM

Great looking work table. It looks very functional and will definately be a very useful item in your workshop.
It is something you should be proud of.
I’m sure that what you learned will serve you well down the road.
Welcome to the world of woodworking!

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 03:25 PM

Great work. I predict many top notch projects being assembled on that fine table. Well done. Onward.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 03:35 PM

Wow, that’s a heck of a first project. Well done!

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#4 posted 01-30-2015 04:30 PM

Well done, very useful first project. Mistakes are the lessons that you remember best, I’ve got a freaking PHD in mistakes ;]

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#5 posted 01-30-2015 04:38 PM

great project! guessing it’s an outfeed table? Either way, nice work and congrats on all the firsts.

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#6 posted 01-30-2015 05:01 PM

Thanks for all of the comments folks! Yes, I did fail to mention that I built this just under the height of the miter slots in my table saw so I could use it as an outfeed table. I did not want to cut miter slots into this table so I figured the height based off of that. I also put this on casters since #1 my shop is small and #2 I could roll it over to the table saw when needed.

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#7 posted 01-30-2015 05:42 PM

Hello Jsvol

Very impressive work

The look is really sympatical and very sweet

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#8 posted 01-30-2015 06:09 PM

A lot of firsts?

Like your first Daily Top 3 and certainly not your last.

Very impressive work Jsvol!

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#9 posted 01-30-2015 06:45 PM

Looks very nice. Should make woodworking more enjoyable to you.
Moving forward from here, always remember that if you ever make a mistake that you can’t hide it and it still shows in your finished product, is actually a “design element”.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 01-30-2015 07:01 PM

That is a beautifully executed project no matter how much experience.
Very nice indeed!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#11 posted 01-30-2015 07:01 PM

Looks great! I’m in the process on building the same thing currently. Well done!

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#12 posted 01-30-2015 07:05 PM

Nice job on a nice project. The only thing that will probably get used in your workshop more than that table are the skills you learned making it. And I agree, mistakes are learning opportunities. Looking forward to seeing your next project.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#13 posted 01-30-2015 08:16 PM

Beautiful table…..I have been making sawdust for a lot of years and don’t have work table as nice as this one. It will serve you well…..great job! I especially like the torsion box assembly for the top…and all that storage!
I see you have been a LJ member for over a year, but I will say welcome anyway. You will find lots of support and inspiration here. Keep the sawdust flying…......

-- jbschutz

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#14 posted 01-30-2015 10:06 PM

Great job! I’m in the same boat and tackling my first project as well!

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#15 posted 01-31-2015 01:34 AM

Thumbs up on a great first project!

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