Night Stands (1st project)

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Project by RexMcKinnon posted 08-26-2009 10:35 PM 2160 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first ever project done in 2005. The only tools I had at the time was was a set if 14.4v recharable tools that came with 2 batteries. Everynight I would work until the skill saw killed the batteries then recharge them and restart the next night. It is just chip wood with a pine veneer. It is assembled with dowels. There was supposed to be a pair but the last picture shows the peices of the second which never came to life. The basement got 6 inches of water in the spring and this wood soaked it up like a sponge. The original is still at the inlaws. They love it but I know it’s crap. LOL

Hey we all gotta start somewhere.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 10:55 PM

They love it-that what matters-you made someone happy-therefore it’s not crap. Very nice first piece. I would be proud especiaqlly with the limited tools.

-- Robert M. Herring

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#2 posted 08-26-2009 11:15 PM

You are right Robert. At the time I was proud but now I think it’s main use is to show my evolution as a wood worker. I thought it was cool that I was able to design 2 night tables from one 4×8 sheet of wood with less than 1 sq foot scrap. Half the fun was drawing it on paper. To date I have not followed any plans on any of my projects. I will post the others soon.

Thanks for the comment.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 08-26-2009 11:21 PM

I just re-read my own post. I guess that means the stuff I put up later better not suck. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 12:11 AM

Looks functional, I’d always take function over beauty given the choice. For me it takes a while to get both.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 01:12 AM

Better than some I have seen….Don’t sell yourself short.. keep making sawdust.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 01:32 AM

Great job, on your first project!

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 03:17 AM

I just recently made my first woodworking project….a small bandsaw box. Much like you, I felt that it was a piece of crap but my wife thinks it is the best thing ever. My second box was MUCH better and to me, that is what is important, and fun, about woodworking. No matter how good we get over time, there will always be room for improvement and new challenges to overcome. I am personally currently working to learn how to use a hand plane.

I think your project looks good. I would have been proud if it was my first project.

-- James -

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#8 posted 08-27-2009 03:48 AM

There’s nothing like your first project looks great well done.

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 04:29 AM

Your blood, sweat and tears went into it, thats why they love it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 08-27-2009 08:04 AM

You said it brother! We all started somewhere. You’ve already got a great start. Make sure you get back on that horse. Might I also suggest you also make sure your stuff is above the waterline?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#11 posted 08-27-2009 12:41 PM

Nice first job,...heck,...I’ve been working on a set of kitchen cabinets now for over 2 years, and am sitll cutting bait!!
With the limited tools you had, you accomplished a lot! The night stands are functional, and square. I can only imagine what we will see from you as your tool inventory grows, as your enthusiam has.
Best of luck on your next project.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#12 posted 08-27-2009 03:14 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.
CaptainSkully; yeah I should have known about the water. I was renting a house at the time and I was working in an unfinished basement. The was a sump pump in the corner but not installed properly so I figured that it was rarely needed and for emergency only. I mentioned it to the owner of the house but he only bought it a month before I moved in so he was not aware of the history. I only stayed there a year and a half. My wife and I had both changed jobs and we wanted to know if we liked the area and we did not want to rush buying a house. I later learned from a neighbour that it flodded every year and the old owners just installed the pump everyyear and put the hose out a window. Strange I know but anyway lesson learned.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 11-12-2009 05:23 PM

Lol – I reckon I’m glad that there are no pictures (or evidence otherwise) of my first project… it was an end table also – But yours outshines the monstrosity I produced.

Hope to see more!

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#14 posted 11-12-2009 08:18 PM

If your first was a monstrosity then I can say; judging by your night stand you’ve come a long way.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

#15 posted 01-19-2010 05:09 AM

Hey j’en ai faite une pareille !
Moi je l’ai fait en pin je crois que la tienne aussi ou épinette!
Je posterai la photo prochainement!

-- Charles-Etienne Sauvé-Faucher, Ebéniste.

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