My First Project

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Project by tbone74 posted 09-20-2011 08:05 AM 2278 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello! I am new here on lumberjocks and I finially got the nerve to post my first project. I used the plans from woodsmith magazine, with a few minor changes. The body is made from maple and the legs from walnut. Unfortunately I had to laminate two pieces of maple together to get the right thickness. You can see the seam, but I went ahead anyway because I really liked the grain pattern of the piece I had.

The holes were drilled out with a 2 1/4” forsner bit with a hand drill. Thats the last time I’ll be doing that! It took all day to drill those 5 holes! The finish is natural Danish oil.

-- Tony

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David Grimes

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#1 posted 09-20-2011 08:15 AM

Very nice project. Would never guess it was a first. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 08:20 AM

Beautiful wood, Beautiful work welcome to lumberjocks

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 10:54 AM

What a great place to start! Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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#4 posted 09-20-2011 12:15 PM

Tony, this is a good looking centerpiece that has a nice set of complimentary woods. I tend to favor leaving the center uncut, as you have done, rather than splitting the block like the plan calls for.

Let me also welcome you to LJs. It is good to have you as a member of the group.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 01:12 PM

Nice job I have also made a few of these and never put the cut in the middle like the plans suggest! Congrats on your first post!

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

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#6 posted 09-20-2011 03:04 PM

That’s really nice. Very elegant.

And welcome to LJs.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#7 posted 09-20-2011 03:25 PM

Nicely done, and welcome to LJs!

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#8 posted 09-20-2011 04:26 PM

That’s your FIRST project?

Good grief. Maybe I should stick to programming.

I’m not one for candles or center pieces, but I’d sure have that on my table.

Nice work.

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 04:33 PM

Very nicely done. Your only regret, I’ve found after making some of these, is that you will wish you had made about 10 more at the same time. They make great gifts. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 05:28 PM

It looks great for a first project.Very neat.

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#11 posted 09-20-2011 06:20 PM

Hey Tony, Welcome to LJ’s. Now that you got the nerve to post your first project, we expect to see more.

The candle holder looks really nice, I’ve had plans to make one but just haven’t got around to it. If the seam bothers you, next time maybe put a thin strip of walnut between the two pieces (if you have a piece that thin). It will still have a seam but will look like you meant to have it there. I think it looks good the way it is but it is another option.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#12 posted 09-21-2011 04:49 AM

Hello and welcome to LumberJocks. I made one last week and looks very similar to yours. You can view it here on my LJ gallery. You did a great job for a first project. Looks great.


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#13 posted 09-21-2011 04:59 AM

Nice work a cool first project with good joinery and very good wood selection.


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#14 posted 09-21-2011 05:10 AM

Wow…Nice job man. I first saw this on an episode of the Woddsmith Shop, and also saw the plans inthe magazine. My first thought was also “I don’t like the rip down the middle”, and thought it made more difficulty than it was worth. So its nice to see you pulled it off with a solid piece. As for the seem on the laminated maple, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. But if you’re like the rest of us, you alone see every flaw in your own work, whereas other don’t even notice it. That being said, I suppose you could always rip a little thin strip off the top, figured piece, line it up and laminate it to the edge of the lower piece, and THEN glue it all up. Just a thought. But congrats on an AWESOME first project! Very well done. Oh, and by the way, I too made the mistake of using forstner bits in a hand drill…ONCE. lol…

-- "It's not a mistake. It's a design feature."

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#15 posted 09-21-2011 05:36 AM

Thanks for all the kind words! I was a little nervous to say the least after seeing all the top-notch projects posted here!

-- Tony

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