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Project by bgilb posted 01-11-2010 04:53 AM 2155 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldn’t wait for the stain to dry before I posted it! This is a present for my girlfriend.

This is my first woodworking project ever. I just recently got a table saw (R4511, love it) and was exciting to make something challenging for my first project. The finger joints turned out pretty good, some places had gaps. The tongue and groove joints I used weren’t that great, they were either too loose or too tight. I was scared to just edge glue the boards, but maybe this wouldn’t have been so bad.The engraving I did with an exacto knife and a dremel carving tool. I used Minwax Red Oak for the stain which I think looks wonderful. The wood used is Red Oak. I don’t think I’m going to use a poly coat, because I like the natural stained look.

I learned a lot on this project. I tried filling the gaps with some wood filler I made, but somehow I didn’t clean it up good enough and now there are blotchy parts which are obvious. I have a lot to learn.

Any helpful tips are welcome! I’m glad to be a part of this community! I have to thank Stevemarin and his videos for sparking my interest in woodworking.

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 04:57 AM

Great looing and wonderful first project. The joints look good and I like the finish! Keep it up!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 05:19 AM

Great looking first project. Learning from the mistakes is an ongoing process. Try some of your fix area on scrap wood so you can check it out before going to final production.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 05:30 AM

We are all living and learning everyday : ) It looks great and you’ve still got all of your fingers at the end of the project …to me , that’s a win , win scenario : ) She’s going to love it !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 06:01 AM

Looks great nice first.

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

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 07:44 AM

Nice looking stool. I wish my first project would have turned out that nice. I can always find something wrong with one of my projects and am always making mistakes but I keep going and keep learning. The main thing is to have fun and learn while doing it. You are off to a great start. Keep it up.

-- The ability to learn is innate, not the desire.

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#7 posted 01-12-2010 05:25 AM

Good job especially for a first project the finger joints look great. You are always your own toughest critic. When I get spots from leftover filler all the time I just sand that spot and restain it. Keep up the good work!

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 10:29 AM

Very good first project. Keep up the good work!!!!

I really wish I would have started wood working when I was younger!!!!

Your girl freind will love it!!! :) :) :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 02:58 AM

What a cute chair :)

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#10 posted 12-12-2018 07:21 PM

Man…. I wouldnt even show anyone my first project, came out like total garbage! That sir, is a damn good first project! Cant wait to see the next one’s!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#11 posted 01-23-2019 04:58 PM

Very nice !

-- Build things in wood and metal...when i'm not at my day job

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