My Second Attempt at Woodworking

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-- "My glass aint half empty, or half full....I drank it all." -Me

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 08:51 AM

gotta start somewhere! love live edge stuff. Nice table. Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 08:58 AM

Like it.
How long was the slab drying ?

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 10:11 AM

Great looking table! Welcome to Lumberjocks. I did the same thing with my first table. It took forever to get it smooth and ready to finish.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 10:15 AM

I’m glad that you are starting back into woodworking and welcome to Lumberjocks. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 10:18 AM

Great work! And the finish shows that you’ve got an eye and the patience to be a good wood worker. Keep going!
I had a belt sander for my first table. That was 30 years ago! I still have that old Craftsman belt sander, but I just recently took the table apart to re-use the wood. It was “beetle-kill” pine and had stripes of purple and gray in it.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 10:57 AM

Looks great. It’s the woodworker and not his tools that are most important (in most cases anyway). Welcome to LJ. Looking forward to more of your posts. Be aware that being on LJ might turn you into a tool maniac like the rest of us or maybe just a maniac like some of us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View Eagle1's profile


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#7 posted 03-28-2012 11:08 AM

Nice table. Welcome to LumberJocks also..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

View KentuckyTreeRat's profile


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#8 posted 03-28-2012 11:56 AM

Gavin- solar kiln dried for a while and air dried for months. Thanks for the kind and encouraging words folks. I’m young and dumb, but trying nonetheless.

-- "My glass aint half empty, or half full....I drank it all." -Me

View dustyal's profile


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#9 posted 03-28-2012 12:30 PM

One of my very first projects was a slab with legs… you gotta start somewhere… and you are off to a great start.

Well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 03-28-2012 04:36 PM

Welcome to LJs , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

A live edge Table Top flatened and finished by hand shows true dedication in learning Woodcrafting.

You have “Done Yourself Proud”.
There is a point in woodworking that I call the tool collecting phase which is in and of itself personal and practical, to advance to the next level of rearranging the grain of a tree, and learning the dicipline of their uses.
The mastery of the use of these tools, although may speed the process, would have in no way enhanced your project.

Very nicely done, by hand and perseverance – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

View reggiek's profile


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#11 posted 03-28-2012 04:47 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Great place to see woodworking in action and to get great tips/pointers.

As for tools, we all had to start somewhere….and believe me, it is not the tools that make the woodworker…it is the skill of the craftsman. Build your knowledge and skills…practice….read….try different things….and purchase the tools you need as needed. We all started this way….and I believe the results are worth all the sweat and learning processes. I get alot of stress relief and relaxation from this hobby….I can make a few dollars here and there to buy wood/tools….can make gifts…or items I need or can use…..and the statisfaction of making them all myself…it is definitely a winning situation.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 03-28-2012 08:24 PM

Young and dumb isn’t a problem, and the “try” part of the equation makes up for a ton.

This looks great. Keep making cool stuff!

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#13 posted 03-29-2012 12:08 PM

You’re off to a great start TreeRat. Welcome to LJ’s…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 03-30-2012 04:16 AM

Sorry fella, this doesn’t look like an attempt at woodworking, it looks like a resounding success at woodworking! You are well on your way to being an accomplished woodworker with an eye for beauty!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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