The Two Projects that Started it All

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Project by Mauritius posted 07-29-2009 11:43 PM 1611 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all! First time posting a project here on Lumberjocks after joining a few days ago. I thought I’d start off by sharing my first two projects ever! These were built about 18 years ago, when I was around the age of 10 with my dad and the help of a family friend. Both were made as part of a 4H program that I was active in during my younger years. They’re a large part of the reason I’ve rekindled my love of woodworking, so I thought it was fitting I post them first, and maybe give some ideas for you older folks to built with your kids/grandkids ;)

The shelf came first, it’s about 4’ wide and stands 3’ tall made of pine with glue and dowel joinery. It has seen continuous use it’s entire life, it spent about 10 years hanging on the wall in my bedroom. It could definitely use some TLC, mostly just refinishing, which I plan to do in the near future. My primary memory during the construction of this shelf was sanding, and s’more sanding, oh and did I mention…sanding? I also have faint recollections of helping mark, measure and drill for the dowels. I even still have the second place ribbon from the county fair that I won with this guy!

The display case was something I wanted to build for fun after the seemingly non-stop sanding-fest that was the shelf. The plans were a simplified adaptation from an old magazine owned by the family friend. It’s also built from pine with a plywood back, and I believe it’s mainly held together with finishing nails, wood screws and glue. Although I don’t recall many of the details on this one, I do remember plugging and filling screw and nail holes. I used it to show off my prize collection of baseball cards and other shiny bits I acquired as a kid, now it acts as a sort of end-table for my home office.

I’ll be adding a few of my newer projects in the days to come. Thanks all!

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#1 posted 07-30-2009 12:24 AM

Well done super projects .Welcome to LJs


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#2 posted 07-30-2009 01:49 AM

Very nice work.

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 02:41 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. Great projects starting your woodworking career. Look forward to seeing what you’re building now. Nice job.

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 02:47 AM

Welcome aboard, Mauritius! Great first projects! Did you say something about sanding? ;-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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