Ribbon Rack - My Very First Project

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Project by mspain77 posted 03-31-2016 04:12 AM 1414 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

African mahogany with four coats of shellac. Once I got my first power saw, the girlfriend strongly suggested this be the first build. ;) I tried stop dadoes instead of butt joints so I could get familiar with the chisel. I watched a lot of YouTube and may have over complicated it by trying to incorporate almost everything I saw, but this was a fun and educational build. On to the next thing…

Update 4/13/2017: Thinking back, I used cheap Buck Bros. chisels from Home Depot, and I used them right out of the box. I hadn’t seen any videos at that time about flattening the backs or honing the edges. I assure you they are MUCH better now with my diamond plates and water stones!

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#1 posted 03-31-2016 05:56 AM

Welcome to LJ. If that’s your first project I can just imagine how good the others will look as you grow with your woodworking skills. Keep going and don’t look back, you’ve got the talent.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 02:29 PM

Great start, and understand everyone learns with each build. It is great to take on things that push your skill set.

-- Enjoying life and making a difference.

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 02:39 PM

Well done. I wish my first effort had turned out that nice.

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 08:16 PM

Thanks a bunch guys. That’s very encouraging to hear from all of you. I am pleased with the way it came out and can’t wait to get another project on here. I’m currently milling stock for a table project for my mom. I’m nervous but excited at the same time, so we’ll see what all I can learn from this one.

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#5 posted 03-31-2016 09:18 PM

I just read your comment above this one, nervous but excited. That’s how I feel whenever I start a project. In time the nervous will fade, but the excitement will probably stay. I think that’s a good thing. Great looking project, looking forward to more from you. Welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#6 posted 03-31-2016 10:28 PM

Thank you farmerdude.

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#7 posted 04-01-2016 02:41 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!!

That is a great first project. Nice work on it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-01-2016 11:03 PM

Welcome aboard- looks like you’re off to a great start

-- Greg Simon

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