My first project

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Project by ChadR posted 08-15-2011 08:35 PM 1882 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my very first woodworking project ever. I decided to build a desk because I could not find one at goodwill. I started out just drawing what I would like a desk to look like and then turned it into a Sketchup model.

From there I had to build it. I went to homedepot and bought 2 4×8 boards, with the cuts already planed out, I had them cut it for me.

Once I got the wood home, I started assembling my first project. From then I was hooked on woodworking.

I had completed the desk but the cuby hold I left for two plastic shelf drawers to fit into just did not look good enough to me, so I decided to build some drawers of my own. I planed them out on Sketchup and then went to using the scrap wood from the desk to build 4 beautiful drawers.

I then stained the desk and then decided it needed one more drawer.

I then decided I would add some trim across the top shelf of the desk.

-- Some people have a way with words... some people... not... have way.

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 08:53 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. Nice Job. if you have exposed edges that you want to hide you could use some edge banding material that you apply with an iron. (Don’t let your wife catch you though ;-) ) You may find it easier than trying to cut compund miters that molding would take when going from horizontal to vertical surfaces.

You have done very well though for your first project, hope to see more of your work in the future.

-- Docopac (a carpenter in a different medium)

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#2 posted 08-15-2011 08:59 PM

Thanks for the advice, I will take a look into that, sounds like what I need.

-- Some people have a way with words... some people... not... have way.

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 09:03 PM

Great design and well done! Welcome to LJs.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Tim Kindrick

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 09:33 PM

Welcome to LJ’s!!! That isw a pretty big under taking for a first project. You did a good job!! Look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. You can get that edge banding at HD.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 10:38 PM

big job for 1st time. you have the talent,,,looks great

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 12:21 AM

That is a big first project! Looks like it turned out well. Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 12:24 AM

Welcome to LJ!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 06:15 PM

Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 08-16-2011 06:23 PM

sweet work
for first or later project

welcome to LJ’s

enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 08-18-2011 05:30 AM

Very Nice!!! Welcome to Lumber Jocks and to the addiction woodworking causes!!

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#11 posted 08-18-2011 03:26 PM

Nicely done! If you hadn’t said “first project” it certainly wouldn’t have entered my mind.

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#12 posted 08-18-2011 03:28 PM

Congrats, on your first project.

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