First Projects Since I Retired

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Project by DaGoose posted 05-23-2020 12:44 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the smell of woodworking late in life. Been at it for about 2 years now. Found out measuring with a micrometer marking it with chalk cutting it with an axe and beating it together doesn’t make good projects. So I slowed down and found a couple of plans I thought I could accomplish and decided to post some of the better ones here for my very first post. I found this site a while back and have enjoyed reading looking and thinking. I have enjoyed the ideas and the friendship I see here. So, I pulled the trigger today and signed up.
The first photo was built for my grandson when he told me he wanted for Christmas was a “BIG TRUCK grandpa, BIG TRUCK”. So here is the very first project I did and made him a big truck. Used my entire shop full of tools, A 7 1/4” circular saw, hammer, cordless drill tons of screws lots of dirty words and LOTS OF BANDAIDS. (Took me a while to learn to move my thumb out of the way of the hammer and that 1 1/2” screws do stick out through a 3/4” board and will keep on screwing into the finger). He is hauling his big sister somewhere Lord only knows where! The second one is a scoot trike with ping pong balls (Lots of noise) in the rollers to drive my daughter nuts for my newest grandson. The third one is evident he wants to see where he has been. The fourth one is Last year’s handmade Christmas gifts for family. I think I may have created a monster in giving away handmade STUFF for Christmas. Me thinks they are going to expect it from now on. The last photo is one of the clocks that I made. I learned how to cut the wood so the grain matches all the way around the clock.
This woodworking stuff is going to be fun, maybe not to much of a profit maker, but who can place a dollar amount on a smile and a memory?

-- Greg--- I use the T.L.A.R. method -- That Looks About Right.

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#1 posted 05-23-2020 03:44 AM

so cool,your the kind of people i love to see join our incredible group and share your passion and love of our glad you pulled the trigger and came on board,looking forward to future contributions.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-23-2020 04:30 AM

Initially I thought you’d gone senile… then I realised you’re a Da’ and not a de' (you’ll need to click to get my drift).

I giggled… yep, girlie giggled at your ….. retirement meaning No Worries, No Cares,..... . You may think you now have time, but you are soooo wrong, sawdust making is a 24×7 unrelentless undertaking… I find that my re-calibrated, 36 hour day, is still not long enough. However, you were right about the no money... woodworking sucks up the shekels faster than the IRS when they discover you lied about your income.

Nevertheless, that’s a neat collection of projects you have feasted us with…

One question though, I’m into making models trucks around 1-2 feet long and want to know where do you get those tiny oompa loompas to fit and test driving your model truck.

PS. Welcome to LJ’s… If you’re still sane based on your reference to Corporate BS, I’m sure we’ll help you shed that malignant characteristic.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 05-23-2020 04:48 AM

dagoose i dont know how much of what he attempted to say you understood,he’s from down under,”shrimp on the barbie” you know, but i think he likes ya and you will eventually get to understand him,god im still tryin-lol.seriously he’s top notch.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 05-23-2020 10:31 AM

Welcome to LJ’s
To say I’m impressed would be an understatement – The truck is a WOW, the little scoot is just precious and had to be made with revenge in mind and the clocks are really, really neat.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 05-23-2020 12:17 PM

Welcome to the club. I’ve been at this for a few years now, and your projects look far better then I would try.
As for money, your right here isn’t any. I to make chirstmas gifts for the family it gets harder every year. Who got what so far. Now the grandddaughter is getting mairred so I have to add anorther gift.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#6 posted 05-23-2020 12:33 PM

Congratulations on your retirement. You are off to a good start in woodworking. The family and Grands will enjoy your work. plenty of time now but the time will come when you wonder how you had time to do to work, enjoy your retirement!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 05-23-2020 02:14 PM

Nice projects & welcome to LJs!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 05-23-2020 05:15 PM

LBD—where do you get those tiny oompa loompas?

I know your from the land own under but for a country boy from Down Town Texas, I for the love of mud have no idea what a OOMPA LOOMPAS is. Maybe Willy Wonka can ‘splain it to me. Thanks to all you folks for making me feel welcome. Ya’ll are right in that it takes up your time and you don’t even know it. I went out to the shop for a few minutes around 08:00am and about 30 minutes later it was close to midnight! Other than clean I didn’t accomplish a darn thing. I LOVE IT!

-- Greg--- I use the T.L.A.R. method -- That Looks About Right.

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#9 posted 05-23-2020 05:58 PM

Really great project, building toys for kids has to be one of the best parts of woodworking!

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#10 posted 05-23-2020 10:53 PM

Beautiful projects!!! Welcome to LJ!! This place is great. I have been here a week, and have seen so much, and all it has done is make me question “how did they do that??”

-- Most engineering is nothing but black magic, and alot of SWAG. (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) - Dawg23

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#11 posted 05-24-2020 12:13 AM

I love those clocks and really enjoy the kids having fun with your work.

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#12 posted 05-24-2020 05:18 PM

Great projects and very good work. Yes, there’s no way to put a value on making gifts for people we care for. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 05-24-2020 09:47 PM

Nice work and welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Galootish log blog,

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