My very first project age 12

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Project by grosa posted 09-01-2012 04:47 PM 1682 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my very first. My father was remodeling the basement and I took a scrap piece of 2×4. When he wasn’t looking I used his jig saw to cut the 2×4 the way I seeing it in my head. Every time he came out I quickly put the saw down and when he went in I continued cutting. This took a long time. Then I used his utility knife to shape it. That took even longer. Then I tried to sand it with sand paper. I remember looking at every time I tried the sand paper and saying this is stupid, it is just scratching it! So needless to say there are a bunch of scratches in it. The pegs took me 2 days to cut. I waited till the project was done so I could take my fathers knife without him knowing about it. Got cut 4 times and never told anyone. The flower painting was my very first attempt at decorative painting. I was so proud of this piece. I gave it to my mother. She said: so this is how you got all the cuts on your hands. She had a tear in her eyes. That’s what started the fire in me to do woodworking. It my not be the best work I have done but it is the most valuable. Everything I have done in woodworking started with this. In memory of my mother and thanks to my father I love you both.

-- Have a great day.

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 04:55 PM

Welcome here!
Keep on going playing with wood. Enjoy the smell of pure wood en the sound of a handplane glinding on the surface of a piece of wood.

Nice job and project!

-- Bas, Holland

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 05:15 PM

I like it! Great story, too.

Although I didn’t really get into woodworking until my mid forties, the seed was planted early on, tinkering in my dad’s shop.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 01:33 AM

I am as proud of you as your Mom was when you gave her your creation. Your new mission if you accept it, is to re-create your inspiration in another youngster. We must continue the woodworking tradition, skill, interest, creativity and much more that enrich our lives. Pass it on, Grosa!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 03:20 AM

What a great piece and an awesome story to go with it. You have come far but it is truly cool to see the start. Thanks for sharing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 05:06 PM

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 04:58 PM

It’s a wonderful story.

Although you say, “It may not be the best work I have done,” it does rank right up there. Everyone should be able to see that: being 12, cutting and carving by hand, and designing a rough 2×4 into something useful, you definitely were well on your way to being where you are today.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 02:58 PM

You are a natural!! Tell your Dad you love wood and you can work together!

-- Taking Turns

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