New Woodworker: My First Project - Banana Hanger

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Project by SirGareth posted 05-26-2012 06:15 PM 2733 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I’m just setting up shop. This is my first woodworking project. I wanted a beginning project that would fit the few tools I have acquired so far.

I have tried to design the hanger with curves to reflect it’s function. The base also holds a bowl for other types of fruit. I guess I was somewhat successful, as my wife walked into the shop and said, “Is that a banana hanger?”

I learned a lot on this first project. My hand sawing skills with a coping saw are still pretty poor. So, I wound up getting a jigsaw, which made the job a lot easier. I learned how to think through the design before I started, to make sure the base would be the right size and shape to keep the stand from tipping over. Most of all, I had a lot of fun doing this! I think this is going to be a great hobby/journey for me.

I welcome all feedback and constructive criticisms.

Thanks for taking the time to look!

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 05-26-2012 07:50 PM

Thats a great first project.

Wont be long until your next one


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 12:44 AM

Really nice project. Don’t forget to sign it. My mentor insists on a date/signature on all work.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 02:12 AM

GREAT work, Tim! Congrats on taking the plunge into a great hobby.

-- PaulMayer,

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Jeremy Greiner

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#4 posted 05-27-2012 03:27 AM

You say banana holder, I say work of art!

Very nicely done.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#5 posted 05-27-2012 12:28 PM

Welcome to the woodworking community! That’s a great first project!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#6 posted 05-28-2012 02:55 AM

Thanks for the feedback and encouragement everyone!

Stormy, how do you usually sign your projects? I left the underside of the base unfinished, so it might be possible to sign it.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#7 posted 05-28-2012 02:59 AM

thats a cool project!
sounds like it was also a great learning experience, and from the sound of it a success on both!

welcome to lumberjocks!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 09-20-2014 11:59 AM

I have a branding iron to mark the underside of my projects and I inset a penny with the date of the year it was made. If you like a jig saw, you will flat-out love a band saw, That’s my fun tool. I use it more than any other machine in my shop. Find a good used table top model to start and move up from there.

Nice work and enjoy the woodworking. It gets addictive and I have been at it for over 60 years but it never gets old. At 76 y/o I am in my shop 7 days a week for 4-6 hours every day. It keep me alert and happy. It is my escape and therapy.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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