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Project by Frankie Talarico Jr. posted 05-20-2009 09:39 PM 1997 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was out this past weekend visiting old friends. I stopped by a friend of mines house. This is where I learned woodworking 12 years ago. It’s nice to go back and see him every once and a while. This is the place I made my first table saw cut and where I learned a lot of other aspects of woodworking. All this greatness happened in the basement of his cape. Tiny little shop, with a hatchway, that could barely fit a 4×8 sheet of ply.

So anyway, I go inside and see these boxes on their coffee table. These are boxes i made 12 years ago, actuall my very first project to come out of that shop. I was like 17 yrs old. It put a big ole’ smile on my face. So I asked ” why do you keep those ragged out of shape boxes?”. They smile and tell me it reminds them of me. How nice was that. These are boxes i bult before having any cabinetry knowledge. I’ve worked in a few great shops since then. I learned a lot and came along pretty far from those days.

I am still an active carpenter pro and hobby. I thank my buddy Mike Martin for taking the time to show me a way of life I have learned to love. It’s not really a project, i Know But more of a toast to my first project from 12-13 years ago when I would’ve said, “do I sand this this before i stain it?” Yup those green horn, guppy days.

So the maple box is a copy from a piece my aunt bought at a tag sale. The little locking maple box(4 pics). It was stamped “made in India” was really cheap and ugly. So I made a few and replaced hers and gave one to the shop mom, who cooked everytime i visited (yeah) It slides and locks without hardware. Wow those were the days

Thanks for reading….....

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#1 posted 05-20-2009 09:47 PM

nice boxes, even nicer considering when you made them – but the nicest thing was where they are kept- nice story. :o)

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#2 posted 05-20-2009 10:11 PM

Such a nice storie.

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 02:04 AM

Nice boxes. You took a great learning oppertunity and turned it into a life time passion. What better way to look back and see where it all started. Allways nice to know your time together is well cherished.

Great story, great boxes.

Keep it up.


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#4 posted 05-21-2009 02:09 AM

Love the story and nice boxes


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#5 posted 06-07-2010 09:43 AM

Nice boxes and story.

-- Jiri

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